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Billy Woods is an American rapper based in New York.[1] He is the founder of the record label Backwoodz Studioz.[2] He has been a member of Armand Hammer,[3] Super Chron Flight Brothers,[4] and The Reavers.[5]

Billy Woods
BornWashington, D.C., U.S.
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2002–present
LabelsBackwoodz Studioz
Associated actsArmand Hammer, Super Chron Flight Brothers, The Reavers
WebsiteBilly Woods on Facebook

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Life and careerEdit

Billy Woods was born in Washington, D.C. to a Jamaican mother and a father from Zimbabwe.[6] In 1981, the family moved to Africa.[6] After the death of Woods' father, they returned to the United States in 1995.[6] Woods briefly attended Howard University before getting involved in New York City's hip hop scene.[6] He started making music in the late 1990s.[7]

Billy Woods released his debut solo album, Camouflage, on his record label Backwoodz Studioz in 2003.[6] In 2012, he released History Will Absolve Me.[8][9] In 2013, he released Dour Candy, which was entirely produced by Blockhead.[10][11] In 2017, he released Known Unknowns.[12] It was included on Rolling Stone's "15 Great Albums You Probably Didn't Hear in 2017" list.[13]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums

  • Camouflage (2003)
  • The Chalice (2004)
  • Terror Firma (2005) (The Reavers)
  • Emergency Powers: The World Tour (2007) (Super Chron Flight Brothers)
  • Indonesia (2009) (Super Chron Flight Brothers)
  • Cape Verde (2010) (Super Chron Flight Brothers)
  • History Will Absolve Me (2012)
  • Dour Candy (2013)
  • Today, I Wrote Nothing (2015)
  • Known Unknowns (2017)
  • Hiding Places (2019) (with Kenny Segal)[14]

Compilation albums

  • Cowardly Threats & Hideous Cruelty (2011)

Mixtapes

  • New York Times (2006) (The Reavers)
  • Deleted Scenes (2009) (Super Chron Flight Brothers)

Singles

  • "Slums / America / Dusted" (2005) (The Reavers)
  • "Shadows" (2006) (The Reavers)
  • "Dirtweed" (2007) (Super Chron Flight Brothers)

Guest appearances

  • Invizzibl Men - "52 Lashings" from The Unveiling (2008)
  • Vordul Mega - "Opium Scripts", "Air Battery", "Keep Livin'" and "Imani" from Megagraphitti (2008)
  • Teleseen - "Chikurubi" and "Whiteworst" from Fear of the Forest (2009)
  • A.M. Breakups - "Forms" and "Chapter 2" from The Cant Resurrection (2011)
  • Cult Favorite - "Omega3" from For Madmen Only (2013)
  • L'Orange - "The End" from The Orchid Days (2014)
  • L'Orange - "Stop Growing" from After the Flowers (2015)
  • Pawcut - "Vulture's Picnic" from Maverick (2015)
  • Elucid - "Bleachwater" and "Lest They Forget" from Save Yourself (2016)
  • Uncommon Nasa - "Written at Night" from Written at Night (2017)
  • Blockhead - "Slippery Slope" from Free Sweatpants (2019)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gillespie, Blake (April 20, 2012). "Nothing To Something: billy woods on overcoming writer's block". Impose. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  2. ^ Faierman, Leonardo (November 9, 2017). "An Introduction to the Dystopian Hip-Hop of Backwoodz Studioz". Bandcamp Daily. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Diamond, Samuel (April 24, 2015). "billy woods "But one day it will be gone."". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Tardio, Andres (August 30, 2010). "Super Chron Flight Brothers - Cape Verde". HipHopDX. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  5. ^ Brown, Marisa. "Reavers - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e Mlynar, Phillip (May 31, 2017). "Billy Woods Is The Underground Rapper Chekhov Would Listen To". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  7. ^ Lipez, Zachary (June 28, 2013). "Billy Woods and Blockhead's Collaborative Album, 'Dour Candy,' is an Invigorating Hangover". Noisey. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  8. ^ Bozzer, Mark (April 10, 2012). "Billy Woods: History Will Absolve Me". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  9. ^ McCurry, Francisco (May 8, 2012). "Billy Woods – History Will Absolve Me". Potholes in My Blog. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  10. ^ Ellison, Kyle (August 21, 2013). "Champion Sound #14: Ka, Starlito, Billy Woods". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Patrin, Nate (August 14, 2013). "Billy Woods: Dour Candy". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  12. ^ Thompson, Paul (October 6, 2017). "billy woods Is at the Forefront of Rap's Avant-Garde". Noisey. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  13. ^ Reeves, Mosi (December 19, 2017). "15 Great Albums You Probably Didn't Hear in 2017: Billy Woods, 'Known Unknowns'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  14. ^ Breihan, Tom (March 29, 2019). "Stream billy woods & Kenny Segal's New Album Hiding Places". Stereogum. Retrieved 4 April 2019.

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