Armand Hammer “It Was Written”

Armand Hammer releases their music video for “It Was Written” from their forthcoming album ROME.

Available digitally on November 2, 2017 & Vinyl + CD on November 27, 2017
PRE-ORDER NOW = http://bit.ly/armandhammerbwz

“It Was Written” credits:
video direction by william woods
animation by m. Musgrove
song produced by August Fanon
vocals by Armand Hammer (billy woods & ELUCID)
mixed & mastered by Paul “Willie Green” Womack
assistant engineer Cedric Wilson
album artwork by Shane Ingersoll

Blockhead Announces New Album FUNERAL BALLOONS [PRE-ORDERS LIVE!] 💀🎈

Backwoodz Is Proud To Release Blockhead’s New Album On Vinyl & CD! Pre-orders Are Live Now! In Stores Sept 7, 2017.

Funeral Balloons is the new album from acclaimed producer & NYC fixture Blockhead [real name; Tony Simon]. Funeral Balloons is as bold and irreverent as the title suggests; from the uplifting and energetic mood of “A Bad Case Of The Sundays” to the spaced out airy grooves found on “UFMOG” all the way to the 1970’s car chase anthem like “Escape from NY”, the songs never stop in one place.

While, at it’s core, Funeral Balloons doesn’t stray far from the kind of music Blockhead has been making since his debut Music by Cavelight,  his evolution as a producer is on full display, exploring different avenues and sounds with every new release and continuing to forge his own lane between the worlds of Hip hop and electronic music.

The album artwork is by Owen Brozman, a long time Blockhead collaborator, as well as the artist behind Aesop Rock & Blockhead’s opus Labor Days. The vinyl package consists of x2 black vinyls in a wide spine 12″ jacket. The CD comes in a 6 panel digipak. Also made only 50 album collector t-shirts! The pre-orders are available now directly from Backwoodz! Fat Beats Distribution can be contacted for wholesale inquiries.

OUT NOW: Blockhead Known Unknowns – The Instrumentals

Available NOW at Backwoodz, Bandcamp and on Friday At Your Favorite Digital Music Provider

Known Unknowns is the critically-acclaimed follow up to Blockhead & billy woods 2013 collaboration Dour Candy. Now Backwoodz is making the instrumental version available; featuring production by Blockhead & his longtime collaborator Aesop Rock, who contributed two beats. Known Unknowns is an album that people are calling one of 2017’s very best and the production is a big reason why.

The album is available for purchase NOW as MP3 (320kbps) zip download directly from Backwoodz Studioz online store as well as Bandcamp. By Friday it will be live at your favorite digital music provider (Spotify, Apple Music, etc).

KNOWN UNKNOWNS PRE-ORDERS NOW LIVE!!

ORDERS START SHIPPING ON JUNE 8th for BILLY WOODS’ NEW ALBUM!

Known Unknowns is billy woods’ new album, a follow-up to 2013’s Blockhead collaboration Dour Candy. Blockhead is still behind the boards here but there are also a couple beats from his longtime collaborator Aesop Rock. But the center of the whirlwind is still woods, who re-emerges from a two-year hiatus after releasing the avant-garde Today, I Wrote Nothing in early 2015. Known Unknowns finds the artist on more melodic ground, but still his esoteric, acerbic self, spinning verses equal parts joy and terror, wry wit and blind rage. There are guest appearances from ELUCID (Armand Hammer), as well as Aesop Rock, Homeboy Sandman, Googie, singer Barrie McLain and DJ Mo Niklz. Since Dour Candy, Blockhead has worked with Aesop, Sandman and MarQ Spekt but Known Unknowns shows that he and woods have developed their own unique chemistry. Here is the tracklist for the album…

  1. Bush League
  2. Snake Oil
  3. Unstuck
  4. Wonderful feat. Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman
  5. Superpredator
  6. Fall Back
  7. Groundhogs Day
  8. Everybody Knows
  9. Police Came To My Show
  10. Nomento feat. ELUCID
  11. Washington Redskins
  12. Tupac Jackets feat. ELUCID
  13. Source Awards
  14. Strawman feat. Googie & Barrie McLain
  15. Cheap Shoes
  16. Gazpacho
  17. Keloid
  18. Robespierre feat. Barrie McLain

The album features exclusive artwork for the vinyl & cd versions! The CD version includes a 20-page lyric book featuring illustrations by Ethan Hamilton on uncoated stock while the vinyl consisted of two pieces of colored transparent vinyl with side A/B a transparent red & side C/D a transparent blue both packaged in a gatefold jacket with stunning artwork by Shane Ingersoll. The gatefold outer spread will also be available as a t-shirt! All formats will start shipping on June 8th and will be available at your favorite physical & online retailer on June 9th.

The 10th & Final YULE PROG Coming Up on December 15th!

Coming up on Thursday Decemebr 15 at DROM, Backwoodz Studioz is excited to be part of the 10th and Final Yule Prog / Progressive Hip-Hop Festival. The amazing lineup includes Denmark Vessey, Elucid, billy woods, Willie Green, Uncommon Nasa, Official MarQ Spekt, The Karma Kids, Sketch185, deem spencer, Taiyamo Denku w Shortrock & The Mighty Dj Mo Niklz!! Make plans to be here as you won’t want to miss the the 10th & LAST Yule Prog!!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1349315208435048/

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ELUCID presents… OSAGE

In advance of ELUCID’s upcoming album SAVE YOURSELF officially slated for release on April 15, 2016, here is OSAGE

This mysterious project is called Osage and it’s 16 minutes long, give or take. It features production and lyrics from ELUCID*, and billy woods shows up a couple times. It’s all new music that no one ever heard before, us included. And that’s about all we know. We weren’t really expecting this when we got it but it was really ill, so we said “thanks” and now we are giving it to you. Here at Backwoodz we have a very simple policy regarding gift horses. If you want a download or a physical copy of Osage, check out ELUCID’s Bandcamp in the coming days.

*Except for “House Keys” which was produced by Ohbliv

Fire This Time National Tour

billy woods, PremRock, Mo Niklz & Henry Canyons hit the road to perform at a venue near you!

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Next week billy woods hits the road for his first national tour, accompanief by fellow Backwoodz Studioz artist Henry Canyons, DJ Mo Niklz and frequent Willie Green collaborator PremRock. The tour kicks off September 22nd in New York City. If you havent copped the stunning Today, I Wrote Nothing vinyl yet, catch woods live and you can get a signed copy from the man himself. Not every artist is playing every show, so check local listings.

Henry Canyons “C’est La Vie” VIDEO

Check out the new Henry Canyons video for “C’est La Vie” !!

“If you listened to the billy woods flash anthology ‪#‎TodayIWroteNothing‬ and were left questioning, among other things, who was the guy with the baritone voice on “Bicycles” and “Poor Company,” Canyonland is the best place to find your answer. For starters, it’s Henry Canyons, “a half-French Jewish Brooklynite transplanted to Los Angeles.” As you might’ve guessed from the aforementioned cameos, Canyons isn’t all tone and no substance; he has a story to tell and does so with the nomadic perspective and earned effortlessness of a true troubadour. And if some lingering influence of Capitalism and Schizophrenia should rear its zany head, so it goes. That’s life. “C’est la vie,” dun.” – Tiny Mix Tapes

*New* BILLY WOODS – TODAY, I WROTE NOTHING in stores March 31!!

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In Stores March 31, 2015

Today, I Wrote Nothing in stores March 31, 2015.

New solo album from billy woods

Today, I Wrote Nothing is the first billy woods solo material since 2013’s Dour Candy, his critically acclaimed collaboration with New York City producer Blockhead, itself a follow-up to woods’ sprawling 2012 masterpiece, History Will Absolve Me.

Still, in keeping with woods’ modus operandi, Today, I Wrote Nothing stands apart conceptually from previous work. The album is a collection of short songs and vignettes that form a cohesive meditation on life’s journeys and death’s hiding places.

Elucid, woods’ partner in rap duo Armand Hammer, makes several guest appearances, as does fellow Backwoodz Studioz labelmate Henry Canyons. Equally close to home is the production, provided by a mix of longtime collaborators and friends: Willie Green, Blockhead, Messiah Muzik, Elucid, Steel Tipped Dove, Junclassic, DOSG4W, and Busdriver & Aesop Rock. Additional cameos are by L’Wren, Curly Castro, and DJ Mo Nicklz.

Over this shifting beat collage, woods tirelessly weaves stories and myths in his own inimitable style. The result is a hard-driving road trip of a rap album—music loud, windows down, weight in the trunk. Today, I Wrote Nothing is a powerful statement by one of the genre’s most interesting voices.

All photographs by Alexander Richter.

 

PREORDERS NOW LIVE:

$15 – billy woods – Today, I Wrote Nothing CD
$32 – billy woods – Today, I Wrote Nothing CLEAR VINYL x2
$35 – billy woods – Today, I Wrote Nothing SUPERFAN COMBO! – Special pre-order pricing! Won’t last!