is quietly making the best rap music around.
Hailing from Zimbabwe/Jamaica/Brooklyn/Washington DC, Billy Woods has a unique style and outlook that is truly international.
Working within his Backwoodz Studios
camp, Woods has released several albums over the last 10 or so years, both as a solo artist and a group member. Known for such diverse qualities as witty references to professional and collegiate sports
, his strong critique of the current state of hip hop and pop culture
, Woods truly has something to offer anyone who feels like listening (even the occasional love song
Most Woods listeners first heard him as part of the slept-on but incredible group Super Chron Flight Bros
, where he joined former partner Priviledge
for a round of great releases. During their run, Super Chron contributed to great music
, and analysis
(overwrought analysis warning!).
Following the demise of Super Chron, Woods struck out on his own. Working regularly with Vordul Mega
of Cannibal Ox
fame, Woods began to establish himself as a unique voice in rap. Woods and Vordul released several collaborative projects, and along the way Woods built up an impressive catalog of songs.
In 2011, Billy and his Backwoodz brothers dropped a best-of for Woods titled Cowardly Threats and Hideous Cruelty
. This project marked the start of Woods career as a truly solo artist, and served as a promotional tool for his 2012 release. The best-of mix showcases Woods doing what he does best: rapping about Africa
, international politics
, and marijuana
Last week, Backwoodz released Woods' new album, History Will Absolve Me
. Featuring a photograph of controversial Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe framed by Castro's infamous quote, anyone checking the album out knows they're in for something different before the first track even starts.
Highlights from History Will Absolve Me:
(attacking current rap trends)
(great track, awesome video carrying on Woods' tradition of not showing his face)
(a powerful and gorgeous song. If you only listen to one song from Woods, make it this one.)