billy woods, PremRock, Mo Niklz & Henry Canyons hit the road to perform at a venue near you!
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.
Check out this interview that billy woods did recently on Episode #30 of Open Mike Eagle‘s Secret Skin Podcast as woods tells his origin story and explains why he hides his face from the media. Plus, Open Mike Eagle debuts a new song. Check it!
“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
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.
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.
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 in stores August 5, 2014.
New EP from Armand Hammer (Elucid & billy woods)
billy woods and Elucid are Armand Hammer, the NYC rap duo whose 2013 debut, RACE MUSIC, made waves with its blend of aggressive, experimental production and uncompromising lyrics. Their new EP, Furtive Movements, is both a continuation of, and departure from, their previous work. Fragmented musings of an imagined diaspora. Brooklyn bullshit in the shadow of construction scaffolding. Summer’s dog days set to the hiss of dusty vinyl. Drums wobbling drunkenly over ethereal loops. Elucid and woods hold down the lyrics with only one guest, the effusive Curly Castro, but Furtive Movements features an array of production from Blockhead (Aesop Rock, Ninja Tune), Von Pea (Tanya Morgan), Messiah Musik, Steel Tipped Dove and Elucid himself.
This is not an addendum to RACE MUSIC but a fully realized project in its own right with its own distinct aesthetic, mood and perspective. The EP will be available digitally and limited-edition colored vinyl (transparent orange).
1. CRWNS produced by Elucid
2. Dust Jackets produced by Messiah Musik & Elucid
3. Affection produced by Elucid
4. FUBU produced by Blockhead
5. Willie Bosket Remix produced by Von Pea
6. Duppy reprise featuring Curly Castro produced by Steel Tipped Dove
7. BET produced by Brother Hall
8. Touch & Agree produced by Messiah Musik & Elucid
9. Soft Places produced by Messiah Musik & Elucid
10. Black Ark remix produced by Blockhead *vinyl-only bonus track
“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.