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 May 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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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.

*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!