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Hiding Places

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HP If you even have an inkling for rap music, you'll be drawn in by billy woods. Somewhere between surrealistic word play and straight hard bars over mean beats Favorite track: houthi.
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Everett He's getting too strong for the chains of the underground scene to keep him down Favorite track: checkpoints.
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know name billy woods is excellent at illustrating the futility of trying to avoid the inevitable. One thing you can't run from is yourself. Favorite track: red dust.
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spinalcork I've been a fan of both woods and Segal for some years now, and this project finds them both at peak levels. Let's hope this is the first of a long a fruitful relationship. Favorite track: checkpoints.
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Camryn Marquez Honestly, if Billy Woods isn’t in your top five contemporary rappers, what are you smoking? The man has been on a major role, lately. What can one say about this album? Just listen. Big ups to Woods and Backwoodz Studioz for representing well for black people around the world, nothing but timelessness. Immaculate production as well. Favorite track: crawlspace featuring ELUCID.
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Hiding Places is a collaborative album from Brooklyn-based rapper billy woods and Los Angeles beat scene veteran Kenny Segal, set for release by Backwoodz Studioz on March 29, 2019. On its face, it seems an unlikely pairing; woods—who moonlights as ½ of dissonant rap duo Armand Hammer—is a chaotic force, the warped relic of an NY indie-rap wave that never happened. Meanwhile, Segal has been in L.A. for twenty years; from paying dues with Project Blowed to pushing the culture forward with Busdriver and Milo. All the while, his soulful, dreamlike production precariously tethered to earth by the right drums or rumbling bass.

But look closer and it makes more sense. After all, Segal lent his production to a couple of songs on Paraffin, Armand Hammer’s critically-acclaimed opus, and the two veterans have more than a few shared collaborators: Open Mike Eagle, ELUCID, and Hemlock Ernst amongst them. Hiding Places finds both artists deep in the labyrinth. Segal’s lush soundscapes have a new edge, woods’ writing is, paradoxically, at its most direct. Hiding Places is a child’s game: funny and cruel, as brutal as a fairy tale. The album features contributions from both artists’ well of collaborators with ELUCID, Self-Jupiter, and MOTHERMARY making appearances.


released March 29, 2019

All songs written by billy woods and produced by Kenny Segal (Kenny Segal ASCAP / Syndakit Segal Solutions ASCAP) except where noted
“a day in a week in a year” co-written by Marcella Elyse Winn (BMI)
Additional production on “a day in a week in year” by Marcella Elyse Winn (BMI)
Guitar by Ryan Crosby on spongebob and spiderhole
*crawlspace co-produced by Blockhead
All songs mixed by Kenny Segal
All songs mastered by Willie Green @ The Greenhouse

Cover photo by Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre


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billy woods New York, New York

billy woods is a rapper who defies easy categorization; he was born in the U.S. but spent much of his childhood in Africa and the West Indies. On the mic, woods is no less of a conundrum, possessed of versatile flows and an ability to not only tackle topics other artists wouldn’t dream of, but also to bring unique perspectives to the familiar ones. ... more


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