Armand Hammer – “B.E.T.”

New York MCs Billy Woods and Elucid are teaming up once again as Armand Hammer. They’ll be dropping a new EP soon, and the track “B.E.T.” will be one of the tracks featured on it. The title: Furtive Movements, and it’s dropping August 5th.

Like usual, Woods’ and Elucids’ bars are cryptic and dark. These guys continue to take hip hop to come dark, eerie depths–especially with that lone guitar line laced into the beat on this one. Enjoy!

L’Orange – “The End” ft. Billy Woods

Billy Woods hops on some L’Orange production with this new track titled “The End.” The video is pretty eerie as well, featuring a series of bright-eyed shadows following Billy through a nocturnal concrete jungle. I love the way the instrumental here switches up tempo and groove no numerous occasions. L’Orange is definitely experimenting on this one.

The track actually comes from a record L’Orange is dropping next week. Pre-order is via iTunes here.

Armand Hammer – Race Music

Billy Woods and Elucid team up on Race Music to make one of the most dense hip hop albums to come out this year. With seventeen tracks laced with this duo’s esoteric lyricism, this one’s gonna require quite a few replays for maximum enjoyment and comprehension. A few shaky choruses on tracks like “Hand Over Fist” and “Renaissance Garments,” but still a rap album worth reading into!

Armand Hammer – “Shark Fin Soup”

Armand Hammer is the collaborative project of NYC-based MCs Elucid and Billy Woods. Above, check out the hard-hitting “Shark Fin Soup,” a Messiah Musik-produced boom-bap cut from the duo’s new mixtape Half Measures,¬†which can be streamed in full here.

But Elucid and Billy Woods weren’t about ready to stop there–Armand Hammer’s debut LP is already on the way! Race Music is due out October 22 via Backwoodz Studioz.

Billy Woods – “Gilgamesh” ft. L’Wren

Adultery and betrayal are being served up in this new music video for the track “Gilgamesh,” which is one of many tracks from Billy Woods’ latest album, Dour Candy. Mostly, the album explores some dark themes within the personal and business dealings of a small-time drug dealer, putting this oft-mentioned figure in hip hop music in a somewhat humanizing light. Enjoy, and check a review of Dour Candy below. Grab a copy of it here.

Billy Woods – Dour Candy

D.C. rapper Billy Woods comes through with a Blockhead-produced project that might be more autobiographical than he lets on.

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Billy Woods – “Cuito Cuanavale”

This video is off of Billy Woods’ collaboration with underground producer extraordinaire Blockhead. The LP Dour Candy, on Backwoodz Recordings, is out today. Billy Woods plays the grizzled, angry man walking around abandoned houses with a dog and a hunting rifle, face obscured through digital blurs. His raps are gruff and political, abstract but tied to history in a realistic way that Kanye West’s “Keep it 300, Like the Roman’s” avoids. The beat features a crying guitar looped over hollow sampled drums, evoking the same post-apocalypse as the video. If you like references to disintegrating American culture and African wars where Fidel Castro was the real hero, check it out.

Check out a review for Billy Woods’ last LP below:

Billy Woods – “Tinseltown”

One of D.C.’s grittiest MCs, Billy Woods, drops a new track titled “Tinseltown,” which was produced by the infamous Blockhead. If that excites you, I’ve got even better news: Billy Woods’ next album is entirely produced by Blockhead. There ya go. Let that soak in. Stream the track above, enjoy, and hit up my review of Billy Woods’ History Will Absolve Me Below:

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Billy Woods- “Frozen Sunlight” ft. Open Mike Eagle, MarQ Spekt (prod. Willie Green)

A hard-hitting track from D.C MC Billy Woods that features lyrical guests Open Mike Eagle and MarQ Spekt. It’s a non-album single that didn’t make it onto Woods’ latest album, History Will Absolve Me, unfortunately. Still, the track is crushing both sonically and emotionally.

The topics are gritty, and the doom-bringing horn samples match the lyrical landscape perfectly. Enjoy!

Check out our review for Woods’ new album here.