The attitude of great poets is to cheer up slaves and horrify despots.
IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING...
Since 2002 we have been on an oft-delayed mission here at backwoodz studioz, to punch a hole in the rap game big enough for all of the talented cats we know to crawl through. We are not there yet, but the hole is definitely a lot fucking bigger. So look and listen your way around this site, read some interviews, wander through the stacks and you might catch a contact.
Willie Green has a lot of songs. A lot like “200 in the past six years” a lot.
That’s what Willie Green told Mo Niklz when he asked him to mix this compilation. The idea of narrowing down this many songs to the best 30 was a bit daunting; they finally threw in the towel, leaving the final track count at 38. But hell, if those last eight were so good that they couldn’t keep them off, hopefully you’ll find a way to forgive them.
From Willie Green, “I gave Mo a lot of license picking which songs would make it; I sent him a relatively short list of ‘must-includes’ and told him to surprise me. The result is a solid hour of some of my favorite cuts, along with some unheard gems, featuring Junclassic, Warren Britt, the Bronx up-and-comer Deshawn Supreme, and rap legend General Steele of Boot Camp Clik.”
These are songs Willie Green either produced or remixed. Every beat here is produced by Willie Green. The download includes liner notes with stories about each song. We hope you enjoy…
You can download “Days of Future Past” for free HERE.
On August 31st, two of New York’s most celebrated new lyricists will be putting an exclamation mark on the summer, live at Public Assembly in Brooklyn. Since the February release of his sophmore LP, Grief Pedigree, KA has been lauded everywhere from Hiphopdx.com to the pages of the New York Times. All this without ever wavering from and even amid rumors that 50 Cent is trying to sign him, KA has stayed on the grind, releasing a slew of self-made videos that echo the gritty minimalism of his music. After rocking stages with Beanie Seigel and other hip-hop luminaries in recent months, this is KA’s first headlining gig in NYC since Grief Pedigree dropped! It is exciting and an honor to have billy woods open up for this show as it is sure to be a monumental one.
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For his first NYC show since the critically acclaimed “History Will Absolve Me” lp dropped, billy woods will be performing for the Brooklyn stop with the “Them Boys Ain’t Right” tour at the Cameo Lounge. The “Them Boys Ain’t Right” tour begins Tuesday, July 24th in Boston! ADAM (of Uncommon Records) will be touring with fellow progsters, Brzowski (Milled Pavement) and Mo Niklz. They’ll be rocking five stages in five nights that will take them from Boston through Brooklyn; Portland, Maine; Newport, R.I.; and Bridgeport, Conn. for a Northeast tour. Open Mike Eagle, MegaRan, PremRock & Willie Green will also be sharing the stage with billy woods as special guests for the NY stop of the tour.
April 10th is finally upon us & we at backwoodz studioz are proud to announce that billy woods’ new album History Will Absolve Me is finally released for your listening pleasure.
We are also proud to announce that upon our 10 year anniversary of being a record label (whoa..) we finally have our OWN online store where we can sell products directly to our fans! We currently have two items for sale in the store: billy woods signed copies of HWAM & a special HWAM T-Shirt & album (signed) combo! Get your limited edition HWAM shirt & album now at the Bodega!
You can also purchase the album now digitally at iTunes to get a different bonus track (exclusive to iTunes) and can also find it at your favorite hip-hop retailer (ughh.com, accesshiphop.com & many more)!
In anticipation of History Will Absolve Me dropping TOMORROW (!!!) whet your appetite with this banger of a freebie from billy woods featuring Open Mike Eagle & MarQ Spekt. produced by Willie Green & artwork by pemdesigns.
45407 plays in under 5 days! WHAT!?
Backwoodz Studioz is excited to debut the first official single, “Body Of Work,” featuring Masai Bey and Roc Marciano, from History Will Absolve Me, the new album from billy woods.
The track, produced by Willie Green, is one of the earliest that the emcee and beatsmith recorded for the album, and billy woods grew immediately attached to the track upon hearing it live in the studio. “The inspiration for ‘Body Of Work’ comes from chain-gang spirituals,” he explains. “All of the verses concern themselves with work, but also with getting older and trying to sum up one’s life, for better or worse.”
After laying his verse, woods knew he wanted features on the song, but he also know it couldn’t be just anyone, given the weighty retrospective – and introspective – subject matter. “I knew I needed some older cats on it,” notes woods. Each rapper builds on the themes that billy sets forth in the opening verse (“if you are familiar with the land issue in South Africa and Zimbabwe, the content of my verse might be a little clearer,” says woods), and each add their own personal experiences and emotions, bringing the track to life with three unique and insightful perspectives.
Backwoodz artists billy woods, Willie Green, MarQ Spekt & A.M. Breakups will be performing at SXSW on Thursday 3/15 at the Prog Rap Attack with our friends from Isolated Wax. If you are in the area stop by!
Thursday, March 15, from 9pm-3am, tagged â€œProg Rap Attackâ€.
The showcase will be held at Club Pachanga, one of the few premiere Hip Hop clubs located on the Riverside, in the heart of the music capital of the world, on 2120 E Riverside Dr., and will include appearances by some of the most innovative talent in the trade.
Prog Rap Attack will consist of performances by a collective,
comprised of artists associated with a wide range of record labels including:
Fake Four and more
Confirmed acts on the bill are as follows:
Louis Logic (NYC)
PremRock & Willie Green (NY)
Gel Roc (LA)
Riddlore (AUS, TX)
Open Mike Eagle (LA)
Haez One (SJ)
Billy Woods (BK)
Marq Spekt (ATL)
Sean Blak (SJ)
Tape Mastah Steph (SJ, DTX)
A.M. Breakups (BK)
Benofficial (SJ) |
Special Guest: Warren Britt (NYC)
Admission to the show is FREE. To attend, please RSVP on the event page.
Here is our first promo video for the album, “Headband” produced by Essex Dogs, chronicles (no pun intended) the layover of a lifetime. “Headband” was actually the first song recorded for History Will Absolve Me but will only be on the limited edition Director’s Cut CD-version of the album, which will also include a full lyric book and a bonus track with Vordul Mega, produced by Lex Boogie from Da Bronx. Shot and edited by billy woods himself, enjoy!
History Will Absolve Me is the long-awaited new solo project from billy woods and the Zimbabwean-Jamaican-by-way-of-Brooklyn rapper does not disappoint. A smoldering riot of bitter invective and daisycutter beats, History Will Absolve Me is a solid hour of hardboiled anti-nostalgia. After spending the last few years as the better half of the Super Chron Flight Brothers, this album marks a clean break from that critically-acclaimed oeuvre. A last will & testament scrawled in the shadow of the gallows, HWAM is steeped in the ethos of “what goes around, comes around”. The album features guest appearances by Roc Marciano, MarQ Spekt, Elucid, Masai Bey and junclassic. Willie Green, A.M. Breakups, Marmaduke, Nasa and Man Mantis handle the beats, providing a backdrop that matches the intensity of woods’ labyrinthine verses. Following on the heels of last years Cowardly Threats & Hideous Cruelty mixtape, HWAM is woods’ second “official” solo album, but with eight years between them, this is less a follow-up to his debut than it is a bare knuckle epilogue.
1 A Mis Enemigos [High tide] (produced by Marmaduke)
2 Crocodile Tears (produced by Willie Green)
3 The Man Who Would Be King (produced by Marmaduke)
4 Ca$h 4 Gold (produced by Marmaduke)
5 Body Of Work ft. Masai Bey & Roc Marciano (produced by Willie Green)
6 The Foreigner (produced by A.M. Breakups)
7 Bill Cosby (produced by Willie Green)
8 Freedman’s Bureau ft. Elucid (produced by Marmaduke)
9 Blue Dream ft. L’Wren (produced by Man Mantis)
10 DMCA (produced by Willie Green)
11 Pompeii (produced by Willie Green)
12 Duck Hunt (produced by A.M. Breakups)
13 Nigerian Email (produced by Marmaduke)
14 Pump Up the Volume ft. L’Wren (produced by Nasa)
15 Famous Last Words ft. junclassic & MarQ Spekt (produced by Willie Green)
16 Sour Grapes ft. Elucid (produced by A.M. Breakups)
17 Human Resources (produced by Willie Green & Dig Dug)
18 The Wake (produced by Willie Green)
Uncommon Records and Backwoodz Studioz proudly present the 5th Annual Yule Prog Progressive Hip-Hop Festival at Southpaw in Brooklyn, NY. You can check out this years line up on the flyer below, and this year you can also pre-order your ticket! It’s $12 advanced and $15 the day of the show at the door. When you pre order your name will be added to a list, just give your name at the door at Southpaw and you will also recieve a 2 free random CDs (one from Uncommon and one from Backwoodz). The show features Meyhem Lauren, Open Mike Eagle, Marq Spekt, all your favorites from Uncommon & Backwoodz and many more! Make sure you’re there on Thursday December 8th for some Progressive Hip-Hop history.