July 16, 2016
This year has been Jamila Woods’ coming out party.
After being introduced to our ears in 2014 on The Social Experiment’s “Sunday Candy,” she followed up with the most powerful section of Macklemore’s “White Privilege II” among other appearances.
But most importantly, she’s shared her new album, Heavn, today, set with features from a slew of fellow citymates including Chance the Rapper (“LSD”), Donnie Trumpet, Noname, Kweku Collins, Saba and more.
“HEAVN is about black girlhood, about Chicago,” Woods told SPIN, who premiered the single, “about the people we miss who have gone on to prepare a place for us somewhere else, about the city/world we aspire to live in. I hope this album encourages listeners to love themselves and love each other.
For black and brown people, caring for ourselves and each other is not a neutral act. It is a necessary and radical part of the struggle to create a more just society. Our healing and survival are essential to the fight.”
One of the standouts the first time through is “VRY BLK” with Noname, which echoes everything about black female empowerment from the statements above with an additional layer of wit from an interpolation of the dark “Miss Marry Mack” nursery rhyme.
Stream the 13-track project below.