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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“MAN OF BRONZE” FREESTYLE CHALLENGE!!

Bring your best bars and win a Willie Green banger!

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“The Man Of Bronze” is the new single from Willie Green’s Doc Savage. The song is a booming mix of hard drums and martial horns, the perfect backdrop for Henry Canyons and Googie to weave competing narratives. Along with the premiere of his new single “The Man of Bronze”, we are giving the opportunity for one fan to get a free custom beat from Green himself!!

Enter the Bronze Freestyle Challenge by posting a video of your best freestyle over THIS BEAT on social media and use the hashtag #BRONZECHALLENGE.

The judges panel consists of Backwoodz’ very own Armand Hammer, so bring your best bars and win a Willie Green banger!

ELUCID’s Debut Album, “SAVE YOURSELF” Out Now!!

It’s been a long time coming but it’s well worth the wait. We here at Backwoodz Studioz could not be any more proud to finally put this record out. Save Yourself is ELUCID’s solo debut and, as far as we are concerned, it’s simply an incredible piece of art. We thank you for your support, patience and we hope you agree.

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DISCLAIMER on VINYL: Due to the process used to make this hand-mixed “grey marble” vinyl, each copy has it’s own unique coloring and may not look exactly like the image shown.

 

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.

Yule Prog 8

Tickets to Yule Prog 8 at DROM in NYC with B. Dolan & Armand Hammer are Available for Pre-Order!

Thursday, December 4th, 2014 is a date to mark on your calendars because at DROM in NYC, Yule Prog 8 is going down, pre-order tickets now! That’s right, the 8th Annual Progressive Hip-Hop Festival takes place at DROM and this year the line up features Strange Famous’ B. Dolan! The bill this year also features Armand Hammer, Uncommon Nasa, Curly Castro & Zilla Rocca, Willie Green, We Are Not For Them, Duke01 & Furious P, Skech185, Bald Afro and Jalal Salaam. For those not in NYC, this event will be live streamed online by Gander TV.

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Armand Hammer “CRWNS”

Video for “CRWNS” from Armand Hammer’s Furtive Movements EP

To celebrate the release of Armand Hammer‘s Furtive Movements Backwoodz has released a new video for “CRWNS”. The beat produced by Elucid  & the video edited by billy woods himself, is the first track off the EP and sets the tone of what to expect from this dynamic duo.

Furtive Movements is in stores August 5, 2015 (NOW!) as digital and limited edition orange vinyl.

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Front of Furtive Movements vinyl package