It’s D-Day friends and neighbors, Maps, the new album from billy woods & Kenny Segal has landed! We are premiering the first video off the album here, and we also want to give our subscribers the early heads up that we have made a few additional quantities of the deluxe vinyl available on the Backwoodz site. These are the last copies that we have, so grab them while you can.
billy woods & Kenny Segal "Soft Landing"
Our first visuals off Maps arrive courtesy of a partnership with directors Tim and Henry Nelson. “Soft Landing” finds woods and Segal traversing the liminal spaces that make up life on the road; venues before doors, hotels in the witching hours, fever dreams in between.
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Maps is the new album from NYC rapper billy woods and LA producer Kenny Segal, their first full collaboration since 2019’s Hiding Places. Four years after that landmark record, the duo have reunited with a vengeance. Maps is a story of the road, or roads, taken and untaken; of living the dream and dreaming of another life. It is an album about trying to find your way home, after making your home wherever you lay your head.
“Kenny and I made more songs together before Hiding Places than we did after,” woods says. “I think we only collaborated once over the last four years and although we didn’t talk about it, I think we wanted to let that energy build again. Neither of us wanted to make Hiding Places 2. We needed to go on other journeys, artistic and otherwise, to come back and do something fresh.”
Produced in full by Kenny Segal, Maps features Danny Brown, ELUCID (Armand Hammer), Shabaka Hutchins, Sam Herring (Future Islands), Quelle Chris, Aesop Rock, Benjamin Booker, and ShrapKnel. Segal moves effortlessly through styles but everything is underpinned with deep basslines and mean drums laid down like railroad tracks. Weaving between poignant memoirs, deadpan humor, and incandescent bursts of surrealism, Maps cements both artists’ place amongst the best of their time.
MAPS TRACKLISTING 1. Kenwood Speakers
2. Soft Landing
3. Soundcheck featuring Quelle Chris
4. Rapper Weed
5. Blue Smoke
6. Bad Dreams Are Only Dreams
7. Babylon by Bus featuring ShrapKnel
8. Year Zero featuring Danny Brown
10. Baby Steps featuring ELUCID & Benjamin Booker
11. The Layover
12. FaceTime featuring Sam Herring
15. Waiting Around featuring Aesop Rock
16. NYC Tapwater
17. As The Crow Flies featuring ELUCID
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ADDITIONAL DELUXE VINYL QUANTITIES ADDED TO INVENTORY! LIMITED MERCH STILL AVAILABLE, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST
DELUXE 2xLP VINYL
We like to think of this as the Maps director’s cut; it’s not necessarily better than the theatrical version, but it is different, and it arguably more clearly articulates the artists’ vision for the project. There are two more songs, the song order is different, and Serengeti makes a guest appearance that substantively changes a third song, all the way down to it’s title. This a 2XLP in a gatefold jacket with an insert, and a 40 page lyric book all gorgeously illustrated by m. musgrove, including Backwoodz's first-ever vinyl etching on Side D. The deluxe version of Maps is exclusive to Backwoodz Studioz direct orders and will not be available anywhere else. Purchase from Backwoodz includes digital download delivered on street date.
Buckle up, it's going to be a wild ride! Ashes57 did a great job on the Mapsartwork, especially the main vinyl version which includes 140g translucent orange crush vinyl and an insert styled after an airline safety card,, as woods & Segal want you to be prepared for what could come your way. Purchase from Backwoodz includes digital download.
CD w/ LYRIC BOOKLET
CD includes a 36 page lyric booklet with artwork my m. musgrove. Purchase of CD from Backwoodz includes digital download delivered on street date.
CASSETTE w/ 8-PANEL J-CARD
The Maps cassette is a clever flip of the airline motif of Maps by Ashes57; it includes an orange shell with white imprint and a beautiful 8-panel fold-out J-card. Purchase of cassette from Backwoodz includes digital download delivered on street date.
**These hoodies accidentally had the incorrect price when first announced during pre-orders. The price has since been adjusted since. If you ordered originally before April 15, your order has been refunded. If you would still like this product and you have been refunded, please order again. We apologize for the inconvenience.**
*MOST ITEMS WILL START TO SHIP NEXT WEEK! WE WILL PROCESS THEM AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. APPAREL & DELUXE VINYL ARE RUNNING ABOUT 1 WEEK BEHIND, AND CDS ARE ABOUT 4 WEEKS BEHIND. PLEASE BEAR WITH US AS WE DO OUR BEST TO FULFILL ALL ORDER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.*
Four years after Hiding Places these two have a new album on the way, and excitingly, are going to tour together for the very first time. Let’s be real; If you don’t buy a ticket now, don’t be surprised if you can’t buy one later...
10 May - Los Angeles, CA, USA - Resident 12 May - Los Angeles, CA, USA - Resident 13 May - San Francisco, CA, USA - The Independent 15 May - Seattle, WA, USA - The Crocodile 16 May - Portland, OR, USA - Polaris Hall 31 May - Boston, MA, USA - Crystal Ballroom 01 June - Brooklyn, NY, USA - Baby’s All Right 02 June - Washington, DC, USA - DC9 06 June - Marina di Ravenna, Italy - Beaches Brew Festival* 09 June - Katowice, Poland - Tauron Festival* 10 June - Helsinki, Finland - Sideways Festival* 12 June - London, UK - Village Underground 15 June - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Bitterzoet 28 June - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival* * = billy woods only
HIGH BIAS Backwoodz Artist Mixtape
Cassette Available For Pre-Order, Now Available For Download
High Bias lies somewhere between a label sampler and woods’ curated mixtape, featuring label mainstays alongside new friends, collaborators and signees. Ten tracks from Armand Hammer, Cavalier, ShrapKnel, DJ Haram, AKAI SOLO, August Fanon, Steel Tipped Dove, Sebb Bash, Fatboi Sharif, Mattie, P.U.D.G.E.Oh and a new track from Breezly Brewin, just to make sure this cake has all the icing you could ask for.
We have printed up a limited run of High Bias cassettes that will be given to artists to take on the road, with a smaller amount being sold directly. Pre-orders are live nowand will start shipping within 2 weeks. This is a limited run that will NOT be re-upped. As far as digital goes, High Bias is not available on streaming, so grab it on Bandcamp or cop it direct from us.
1. Which Way is Up - Armand Hammer (prod. by DJ Haram) 2. Carousel - Fatboi Sharif (prod. by Steel Tipped Dove) 3. Slick Watts - ShrapKnel ft. AKAI SOLO (prod. by Kenny Segal) 4. Stocking Caps - ELUCID (prod. by Sebb Bash) 5. Meta - Cavalier (prod. by P.U.D.G.E) 6. Mescalito Remix - ShrapKnel ft. billy woods (prod. by DJ Haram) 7. FOP - Breezly Brewin of The Juggaknots (prod. by Sebb Bash) 8. Tar Baby - Armand Hammer ft. Mattie (prod. by August Fanon) 9. The Crucible - ShrapKnel (prod. by Steel Tipped Dove) 10. Read Ur Bible - billy woods (prod. by Messiah Musik)