billy woods – History Will Absolve Me + Today, I Wrote Nothing VINYL COMBO!
ARTIST: billy woods
ALBUM: History Will Absolve Me + Today, I Wrote Nothing
FORMAT: LPx2 (black vinyl) + LPx2 (clear vinyl) & MP3 album downloads of each.
NOTES: This is a combo package of two billy woods albums on double vinyl: History Will Absolve Me (limited edition 2xLP black vinyl version in gatefold jacket) & Today, I Wrote Nothing (limited edition 2xLP clear vinyl version in gatefold jacket). This combo enables you to get Today, I Wrote Nothing for a $7 discount.
SHIPS: Order will start shipping approximately 6/15/15 (as soon as vinyl is available). Download link available on 3/27/15!
It’s been a long time coming, but after years of requests and more recently, a petition started by Jon Lax of Canada the repress of billy woods’ classic album History Will Absolve Me is here. This is definitely one for the fans, but it means just as much to us here at the label. It’s not an exaggeration to say that if this album had never dropped, Backwoodz might not be here today, so it’s with no small amount of pride that we issue this limited-edition pressing. The vinyl version also restores the album to it’s intended form by including the Mike Eagle and MarQ Spekt assisted track, “Frozen Sunlight” produced by Willie Green. It’s one of our favorite billy woods collaborations and we were all psyched to have it restored to the album. This deluxe 2xLP features the same iconic cover as the CD version but also contains original artwork by longtime Backwoodz collaborator PEM Designs.
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