“The Rent Is Too Damn High” is taken from Armand Hammer‘s critically acclaimed 2013 debut, RACE MUSIC. Over a stripped-down production by Australian sound wizard DOSG4W, woods and Elucid bring two stories of contemporary New York City to life. Check out what Passion of the Weiss had to say about the video HERE.
Premiered by Potholes In My Blog this morning, Backwoodz Studioz is excited to welcome Henry Canyons to the team & announce the release of his debut; One Thousand Plateaus!!
“Offshoots” is the first single from Backwoodz Studioz artist Henry Canyons’ new free EP, One Thousand Plateaus. Produced by Boom Baptist, this video is a first look at an exciting new addition to the Backwoodz roster. Download his EP here, it features additional production by Backwoodz standouts Willie Green and Essex Dogs, as well as a billy woods guest feature! Check it out now…
Over the course of five tracks, the Brooklyn-bred, LA based MC lays out his unique artistic vision on One Thousand Plateaus. Effortlessly melodic flows and witty wordplay find purchase over a lush soundscape provided by BoomBaptist, Willie Green and Essex Dogs; Canyons work here is at once stylish and cerebral. Describing his thought process on the EP, Henry Canyons said “One Thousand Plateaus is not a narrative or anecdotal piece. Yes, there are stories inside the songs, but overall it acts as a display of a current state of affairs, at least how I see them. Inspired by Deleuze and Guattari’s book of sociological theory under the same title, the EP is my interpretation of their writings on social structure; particularly that of the rhizome. Difficult to pinpoint and directly define, the rhizome is a free flowing network of beings and systems that move fluidly through time and space completely free of hierarchy. Everything is an expression of multiplicity, the constant flow of desire, momentum, ebb and flow. Because of the perpetual motion and lack of hierarchical structure, there is no order or formula to how one must exist or consume.” Check out the EP now…
Backwoodz Studioz Releases the Instrumental Version of Dour Candy
Backwoodz cannot express how grateful we are to have had the opportunity to work with such Blockhead on Dour Candy. He absolutely blew us away with the production on the album, so much to the extent that we are happy to announce that we are releasing the instrumental version through our digital distribution tomorrow, Tuesday December 3, 2013. The album will be available on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Rhapsody, Spotify & pretty much any method you use today for digital music consumption. However, the album is also available RIGHT NOW on our Online Store, the best way to purchase Backwoodz music. Enjoy!
We decided to make it easy on you when trying to decipher Armand Hammer’s lyrics from RACE MUSIC so we got them transcribed for you.
New Album from billy woods & Elucid
It is rare that two acclaimed solo artists, each just reaching their creative prime, come together to create something completely new. Nevertheless, two of NYC’s most innovative MCs, billy woods and Elucid, have joined forces as Armand Hammer. Backwoodz Studioz is proud to announce that today, October 22nd, 2013 we have released their visionary debut LP entitled RACE MUSIC. Get your copy now at your favorite retailer such as UndergroundHipHop.com, Amoeba & or direct from Backwoodz Studioz!
Check out the new billy woods video for the track “Gilgamesh” from Dour Candy. Enjoy!
Happy Dour Candy day!
Thanks to all of our loyal fans that have already purchased the record. If you haven’t yet, here is how you can…
Backwoodz Website (special packages that include t-shirts and signed cd’s available here):
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& make sure to check out your local record store. If they don’t have it, tell them to get with the program and order some from our distributor, Traffic Distribution.
Backwoodz Studioz is excited to announce the July 2nd release of Dour Candy, a collaboration between Brooklyn-based rapper billy woods (formerly of the Super Chron Flight Brothers) and Manhattan producer Blockhead (Ninja Tune, Def Jux). The album is fully produced by Blockhead and sees woods joined on the mic by Aesop Rock, Open Mike Eagle, Elucid, Moka Only and L’Wren. This project comes at an interesting point for both artists; woods is fresh off the success of his critically-acclaimed opus History Will Absolve Me, an incendiary LP that left a heavy footprint on Best Of 2012 lists. For his part, despite a veritable canon of work with Aesop Rock and a series of successful instrumental records, 2013 represents a new direction for Blockhead. “I decided I wanted to do rap albums again and I just reached out to artists that I was a fan of,” he explains. It has already been a busy year for the producer, who just released an album with indie veteran Illogic in April.
Dour Candy is billy woods’ first album working with a single producer, something that he had always wanted to do. “It is both a challenge and an opportunity,” the MC says. “It’s a challenge because you have to work within the one framework and stay on the same page creatively. It’s an opportunity because, if done well, the result is so cohesive that you never have to worry, does this beat fit? Is this the right mood?”
That cohesiveness shines through on Dour Candy, an album thick with “mood,” Blockhead’s versatile production shifting and moving beneath woods’ nimble baritone. The result is a 44-minute masterpiece of quiet intensity: New York City as a backdrop for a series of interconnected vignettes. woods is the cinematographer, setting the scene, his lyrics a steady reel of black-and-white images. Blockhead provides the score, lush arrangements that float easily between melody and menace. With Dour Candy, billy woods’ brings a keen eye and fresh perspective to themes of sex, drugs and cable news—all boiled down into this pulp paperback of an album.
The album will be available on CD and colored vinyl with artwork unique to each format, courtesy of London-based artist Ashes57.
Click HERE for a BIO on billy woods.
Megagraphitti is an album that Vordul has been working on in one form or another for much of his career. The path that has brought it to light has been as dark, difficult and full of danger as the one he has walked through the heart of the Rotten Apple for his whole life. The songs spell out a journey from youthful optimism to hardened veteran and back out the other side, a tale of survival, struggle and redemption.
- 1. Stay Conscious (produced by Zach One)
- 2. AK-47 f/ Vast Aire (Cannibal Ox) (produced by Opto)
- 3. Opium Scripts f/ billy woods (produced by Bond)
- 4. Hattori Hanzo (produced y DJ Marmaduke)
- 5. Air Battery f/ Tommy Gunn (Megalon of Monsta Island Czars) & billy woods (produced by Bond)
- 6. Trigganomics (produced by Bronze Nazareth)
- 7. Broken Halo f/ Invizzibl Men & Hi-Coup (produced by Lex Boogie from Da Bronx)
- 8. Light (produced by Bond)
- 9. In the Mirror f/ Vast Aire (Cannibal Ox) (produced by Sid Roams)
- 10. Beautiful (produced by Armyfatigue)
- 11. Learn (produced by Ravage)
- 12. Peanut Butta Up’s (produced by DJ Marmaduke)
- 13. Keep Living f/ billy woods (produced by El-P)
- 14. Imani (produced by Essex Dogs)
- 15. Megagraphitti (produced by Zach-One)
The covers are have finally come off The Unveiling, the debut LP from MarQ Spekt and Karniege; The Invizzibl Men. The result is a ferociously hard rap record bristling with gunmetal beats and lyrics still dripping spraypaint. Guests on The Unveiling include Vast Aire, Vordul Mega, C-Rayz Walz, Billy Woods and the Broady Champs.
- 1. Introcutlery (Prod. by Jaz Infinite)
- 2. Futurama (Prod. by Tef)
- 3. Zookeeper feat. Vordul Mega (Prod. by Illastrate)
- 4. HipHopPSA (Prod. by DJ Wreckon)
- 5. 52 Lashings feat. billy woods (Prod. by Jaz Infinite)
- 6. Jimmy Swagger (Prod. by Khalid Salaam)
- 7. T-Rex feat. C-Rayz Walz (Prod. by Illastrate)
- 8. Darkroom [Red Warfare Sessions] (Prod. by Omega One)
- 9. Thin Air (Prod. by Illastrate)
- 10. Mighty Broady feat. Broady Champs, Vast Aire (Prod. by Amdex)
- 11. Stories of a Ghost (Prod. by Amdex)
- 12. Neon Mud (Prod. by Tef)
- 13. Ten Years Later feat. Akil Nuru, Access Immortal (Prod. by Khalid Salaam)