Billy Woods—Gilgamesh

If you haven’t heard of Billy Woods yet don’t worry, not many have, but it’s not because he’s not an eloquent and intelligent rapper who tells stories that draw the listener in or because he hasn’t dropped any significant albums or because he doesn’t have good production behind him—he is and has done all of that. What has mainly precluded the Queens rapper from reaching your eardrums is the staunch independent route that he’s taken since his career’s inception and it’s not any different with the release of his latest album Dour Release on July 2, 2013. So much so, in fact, that you can’t even purchase a digital copy of his album on his own record label website—you’ll have to go to Amazon or iTunes to do that. Not necessarily the best approach to reach a wider audience, but it does add to his integrity as an artist, a little. Regardless, the album—which is a collaboration between Billy Woods and producer Blockhead—is definitely worthwhile and lucky for you, you won’t have to wait 3-5 days for his CD or multi-colored vinyl to arrive at your doorstep before you have the chance to listen to what Billy Woods has to offer because you have the visuals to what has been referred to as perhaps one of the best songs on the album.

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[via Pitchfork]

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