Billy Woods (rapper)
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Billy Woods Rapper
Billy Woods
Born Washington DC, U.S.
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Alternative hip hop
Political hip hop
Underground hip hop
Labels Backwoodz Studioz
Armand Hammer, Elucid, Super Chron Flight Brothers, Priviledge, Blockhead, Vordul Mega
Website Billy Woods on Facebook

Billy Woods is an American alternative hip hop artist from New York City. He is the founder of the record label Backwoodz Studioz.[1][2][3][4][5] He is one half of the duo Armand Hammer.[6] He released History Will Absolve Me in 2012.[7]Dour Candy, his solo album entirely produced by Blockhead, was released in 2013.[8][9] His sixth solo album Known Unknowns was released on June 9, 2017 and was included on Rolling Stone's "15 Great Albums You Probably Didn't Hear in 2017" list.[10]

Life and career

Woods was born in Washington DC, U.S. but has spent much of his life in New York City. He spent much of his childhood in Africa and the West Indies, the second child of a Jamaican intellectual and a would-be Marxist revolutionary.[11]


Solo studio albums

  • Camouflage (2003)
  • The Chalice (2004)
  • History Will Absolve Me (2012)
  • Dour Candy (2013)
  • Today, I Wrote Nothing (2015)
  • Known Unknowns (2017)

The Reavers

  • Terror Firma (2005)

Super Chron Flight Brothers

  • Emergency Powers: The World Tour (2007)
  • Indonesia (2009)
  • Cape Verde (2010)

Armand Hammer

  • Half Measures (2013)
  • Race Music (2013)
  • Furtive Movements EP (2014)
  • Rome (2017)
  • Paraffin (2018)

Compilation albums

  • Cowardly Threats & Hideous Cruelty (2011)


  • New York Times (2006) (The Reavers)
  • Deleted Scenes (2009) (Super Chron Flight Brothers)
  • Half Measures (2013) (Armand Hammer)


  • Furtive Movements (2014) (Armand Hammer)


  • "Slums / America / Dusted" (2005) (The Reavers)
  • "Shadows" (2006) (The Reavers)
  • "Dirtweed" (2007) (Super Chron Flight Brothers)

Guest appearances

  • Invizzibl Men - "52 Lashings" from The Unveiling (2008)
  • Vordul Mega - "Opium Scripts", "Air Battery", "Keep Livin'" and "Imani" from Megagraphitti (2008)
  • Teleseen - "Chikurubi" and "Whiteworst" from Fear of the Forest (2009)
  • A.M. Breakups - "Forms" and "Chapter 2" from The Cant Resurrection (2011)
  • Cult Favorite - "Omega3" from For Madmen Only (2013)
  • L'Orange - "The End" from The Orchid Days (2014)
  • L'Orange - "Stop Growing" from After the Flowers (2015)
  • Pawcut - "Vulture's Picnic" from Maverick (2015)
  • Uncommon Nasa - "Written at Night" from Written at Night (2017)


  1. ^ Lipez, Zachary (June 28, 2013). "Billy Woods and Blockhead's Collaborative Album, 'Dour Candy,' is an Invigorating Hangover". Noisey.
  2. ^ Paine, Jack (May 15, 2013). "Billy Woods & Blockhead Announce "Dour Candy" Album". HipHopDX.
  3. ^ Fullerton, Jason (July 3, 2013). "Interview: Billy Woods on his new LP with Blockhead, breaks down his musical influences and much more". New Noise Magazine.
  4. ^ Sullivan, Matt (April 20, 2012). "History Will Absolve Me by billy woods". Impose Magazine.
  5. ^ Patrin, Nate (August 14, 2013). "Billy Woods: Dour Candy". Pitchfork Media.
  6. ^ Mlynar, Phillip (December 5, 2013). "The 10 Best New York City Rap Albums of 2013". The Village Voice.
  7. ^ Bozzer, Mark (April 10, 2012). "Billy Woods - History Will Absolve Me". Exclaim!.
  8. ^ Ellison, Kyle (August 21, 2013). "Champion Sound #14: Ka, Starlito, Billy Woods". Drowned in Sound.
  9. ^ Kangas, Chaz (June 24, 2013). "Let's Take a Look at Some of the Great Hip-Hop Being Overshadowed This Year By Ye and Jay". The Village Voice.
  10. ^ Reeves, Moses. "15 Great Albums You Probably Didn't Hear in 2017". 15 Great Albums You Probably Didn't Hear in 2017. Retrieved 2018.
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