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Known Unknowns

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G billy woods is KILLING it. Enigmatic and with a very distinguishable voice, he can rap over anything. Favorite track: Nomento feat. ELUCID.
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Stephen Spencer Text written never pressed send. Voices in my head is all yes men. Consensus is: yes, it's fucked up again. Favorite track: Keloid.
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Richard Owens Just another reason why Billy Woods is my favourite hip-hop artist. Painfully truthful, clever and dark as always. Favorite track: Robespierre feat. Barrie McLain.
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azcannibalchris This is the kind of hip hop I love. Cryptic, but really introspective and thought out. Love the production on this too. Definitely one of my favorite hip hop albums this year. Favorite track: Superpredator.
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zonata it good, it great, it god
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Wesley billy woods and Blockhead return for a witty and gritty sequel to Dour Candy. The one liners in this release will two-time you. Album of the year for 2017, easily. Favorite track: Police Came To My Show.
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Known Unknowns is billy woods’ new album, a follow-up to 2013’s Blockhead collaboration Dour Candy. Blockhead is still behind the boards here but there are also a couple beats from his longtime collaborator Aesop Rock. But the center of the whirlwind is still woods, who re-emerges from a two-year hiatus after releasing the avant-garde Today, I Wrote Nothing in early 2015. Known Unknowns finds the artist on more melodic ground, but still his esoteric, acerbic self, spinning verses equal parts joy and terror, wry wit and blind rage. There are guest appearances from ELUCID (Armand Hammer), as well as Aesop Rock, Homeboy Sandman, Googie, singer Barrie McLain and DJ Mo Niklz. Since Dour Candy, Blockhead has worked with Aesop, Sandman and MarQ Spekt but Known Unknowns shows that he and woods have developed their own unique chemistry.

credits

released June 9, 2017

All lyrics written and performed by F. Porter for The Happiest Africans (SESAC), except where otherwise noted*
All songs produced by Blockhead except “Bush League” and “Cheap Shoes” produced by Aesop Rock, and “Groundhogs Day” which was co-produced by billy woods.
All woods vocals recorded by Willie Green @ The Greenhouse Co. except Tupac Jackets which was recorded by Headtrip at Karma Kids Studios, Karmastoria, NY and Nomento which was recorded by ELUCID in ENY
All songs mixed and mastered by Willie Green @ The Greenhouse Co.
Assistant Engineer: Cedric Wilson
All cuts by DJ Mo Niklz
LP/Digital Artwork: Shane Ingersoll
CD artwork: Ethan Hamilton
* Strawman chorus written by Googie & performed by Barrie McLain & Googie
ELUCID lyrics by C. Hall for Facemelt Music (BMI)

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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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