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Billy Woods

Edinburgh Indie Music Society

Tue 06 Feb 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Dissection Room
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh,EH9 1PLUnited Kingdom
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0131 560 1580
Age Group: 16+ (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)
Duration: 3h
Contains flashing lights. This is a standing only event. For access bookings, please contact the venue directly.

Billy Woods is a rapper who defies easy categorisation; he claims Washington D.C. as his hometown but has spent much of his life in New York City. He was born in the U.S. but spent much of his childhood in Africa and the West Indies, the second child of a Jamaican intellectual and a would-be Marxist revolutionary. 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.

After spending much of the 2000’s as half of the now defunct Super Chron Flight Brothers, Woods struck out on his own with 2012’s audacious mission statement, History Will Absolve Me. An album two years in the making, History… was a molotov cocktail of sarcastic fury, with production to match it’s uncompromising vision.

Long before building the modest-but-loyal cult following that came with the Flight Brothers, Woods made a name for himself with a left-field debut album and one intriguing ensemble project after another. A longtime associate of Cannibal Ox, he came into the game on the back of a collaborative record with Vordul called Camouflage, a low-budget, ultra-indie release that set the table for woods’ particular brand of blunted dissonance and lyrical tight roping. Camouflage was quickly followed by his first, true solo album, The Chalice. With features from Cannibal Ox and future partner-in-rhyme Priviledge, The Chalice is widely accepted as Woods’ best solo work to date. Between 2006 and 2010, Woods and Priviledge released a trilogy of critically-acclaimed concept albums, wrapping cogent sociopolitical commentary in a potent mix of racial humor, weed rap and pop-culture references.

This event has moved to Summerhall from The Caves; all tickets from previous venue will be honoured on the night.

7pm Doors open

8pm Doss

9pm Billy Woods

"Woods’ raps are stuffed with an overwhelmingly colourful blur of wordplay... kooky and sublime"Pitchfork: 50 Best Albums of 2023
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