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 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.
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.
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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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:
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:
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.
A new single from D.C. rapper Billy Woods. It comes from his latest album, History Will Absolve Me, which is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.
History Will Absolve me is Woods’ first solo release in eight years. It’s an incredibly raw and personal record, pulling out some of Woods’ dirtiest skeletons. “Blue Dreams” follows suit with that, but its emotions are fueled by a relationship that’s fizzling out over petty emotions. It’s one of many lyrical topics touched on with the 20-track album.
Download the track above, and check a music video for the track “Duck Hunt” below: