Backwoodz Studioz is excited to debut the first official single, “Body Of Work,” featuring Masai Bey and Roc Marciano, from History Will Absolve Me, the new album from billy woods.
The track, produced by Willie Green, is one of the earliest that the emcee and beatsmith recorded for the album, and billy woods grew immediately attached to the track upon hearing it live in the studio. “The inspiration for ‘Body Of Work’ comes from chain-gang spirituals,” he explains. “All of the verses concern themselves with work, but also with getting older and trying to sum up one’s life, for better or worse.”
After laying his verse, woods knew he wanted features on the song, but he also know it couldn’t be just anyone, given the weighty retrospective – and introspective – subject matter. “I knew I needed some older cats on it,” notes woods. Each rapper builds on the themes that billy sets forth in the opening verse (“if you are familiar with the land issue in South Africa and Zimbabwe, the content of my verse might be a little clearer,” says woods), and each add their own personal experiences and emotions, bringing the track to life with three unique and insightful perspectives.
Backwoodz artists billy woods, Willie Green, MarQ Spekt & A.M. Breakups will be performing at SXSW on Thursday 3/15 at the Prog Rap Attack with our friends from Isolated Wax. If you are in the area stop by!
Thursday, March 15, from 9pm-3am, tagged â€œProg Rap Attackâ€.
The showcase will be held at Club Pachanga, one of the few premiere Hip Hop clubs located on the Riverside, in the heart of the music capital of the world, on 2120 E Riverside Dr., and will include appearances by some of the most innovative talent in the trade.
Prog Rap Attack will consist of performances by a collective,
comprised of artists associated with a wide range of record labels including:
Fake Four and more
Confirmed acts on the bill are as follows:
Louis Logic (NYC)
PremRock & Willie Green (NY)
Gel Roc (LA)
Riddlore (AUS, TX)
Open Mike Eagle (LA)
Haez One (SJ)
Billy Woods (BK)
Marq Spekt (ATL)
Sean Blak (SJ)
Tape Mastah Steph (SJ, DTX)
A.M. Breakups (BK)
Benofficial (SJ) |
Special Guest: Warren Britt (NYC)
Admission to the show is FREE. To attend, please RSVP on the event page.
Here is our first promo video for the album, “Headband” produced by Essex Dogs, chronicles (no pun intended) the layover of a lifetime. “Headband” was actually the first song recorded for History Will Absolve Me but will only be on the limited edition Director’s Cut CD-version of the album, which will also include a full lyric book and a bonus track with Vordul Mega, produced by Lex Boogie from Da Bronx. Shot and edited by billy woods himself, enjoy!
History Will Absolve Me is the long-awaited new solo project from billy woods and the Zimbabwean-Jamaican-by-way-of-Brooklyn rapper does not disappoint. A smoldering riot of bitter invective and daisycutter beats, History Will Absolve Me is a solid hour of hardboiled anti-nostalgia. After spending the last few years as the better half of the Super Chron Flight Brothers, this album marks a clean break from that critically-acclaimed oeuvre. A last will & testament scrawled in the shadow of the gallows, HWAM is steeped in the ethos of “what goes around, comes around”. The album features guest appearances by Roc Marciano, MarQ Spekt, Elucid, Masai Bey and junclassic. Willie Green, A.M. Breakups, Marmaduke, Nasa and Man Mantis handle the beats, providing a backdrop that matches the intensity of woods’ labyrinthine verses. Following on the heels of last years Cowardly Threats & Hideous Cruelty mixtape, HWAM is woods’ second “official” solo album, but with eight years between them, this is less a follow-up to his debut than it is a bare knuckle epilogue.
1 A Mis Enemigos [High tide] (produced by Marmaduke)
2 Crocodile Tears (produced by Willie Green)
3 The Man Who Would Be King (produced by Marmaduke)
4 Ca$h 4 Gold (produced by Marmaduke)
5 Body Of Work ft. Masai Bey & Roc Marciano (produced by Willie Green)
6 The Foreigner (produced by A.M. Breakups)
7 Bill Cosby (produced by Willie Green)
8 Freedman’s Bureau ft. Elucid (produced by Marmaduke)
9 Blue Dream ft. L’Wren (produced by Man Mantis)
10 DMCA (produced by Willie Green)
11 Pompeii (produced by Willie Green)
12 Duck Hunt (produced by A.M. Breakups)
13 Nigerian Email (produced by Marmaduke)
14 Pump Up the Volume ft. L’Wren (produced by Nasa)
15 Famous Last Words ft. junclassic & MarQ Spekt (produced by Willie Green)
16 Sour Grapes ft. Elucid (produced by A.M. Breakups)
17 Human Resources (produced by Willie Green & Dig Dug)
18 The Wake (produced by Willie Green)