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Known Unknowns

by billy woods

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Spivkurl I find this album to an emotional roller coaster of the finest ilk. Easier to chose a favorite song on the album than it is to chose a favorite Billy Woods album. Favorite track: Strawman feat. Googie & Barrie McLain.
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Jeremy Leaming i lived in Silver Spring, MD for more than a decade, used the redline metro to get to work in d.c. also walked along Georgia Ave for exercise and looking at guys all the time. i lived recklessly in d.c. and silver spring and loved it. Favorite track: Police Came To My Show.
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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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Bush League 03:12
Snake Oil 02:30
Unstuck 04:08
Fall Back 03:07
Cheap Shoes 03:09
Gazpacho 02:57
Keloid 03:19


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.


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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