Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!
Before she became a singer, Jamilia Woods was already busy as an activist and poet in Chicago, his hometown. She combined those two passions in her studies at the University of Rhode Island where she graduated in African-American studies and Theater & Performance. It is no coincidence that she brings these two disciplines together in her music and on her second album brings an ode to black history in all its facets.
LEGACY! LEGACY! calls Jamila Woods her second album. Double and with exclamation points, probably to emphasize their concern. The singer, poet and activist from Chicago commemorates 13 icons and song titles of black icons from music, art and literature.
Woods tells in interviews very openly and passionately about the many people who inspired her and taught her knowledge. For 'FRIDA', for example, she was inspired by the relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The two lived in two separate houses from each other with just a connecting bridge in between. Many of these icons also used their art as a tool of social power, others made a political statement as a successful black artist in a white-dominated society: Miles Davis , Sun Ra, Eartha Kitt, the writer and social critic James Baldwin, the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, poet and activist Nikki Giovanni. Already on her debut album HEAVN in 2016, Jamila Woods asked questions about the role of a black woman in a white society, identity issues. LEGACY! LEGACY! is the evidence of black self-empowerment based on concrete case studies. Jamila Woods presents her pointed texts with angel tongue, stylistically closer to the "old" R'n'B and Soul than to the one we helplessly give the prefix "neo". There are soft electronic foundations, occasional hip hop outings.
Top 20 favourite projects of 2019!
15. Gang Starr- One of the Best Yet
In 2019, Legendary hip-hop duo Gang Starr released their first album in 16 years with “One of the Best Yet.” This posthumous album saw DJ Premier work backwards by having Guru’s posthumous verses first than having to make the beats, concepts and features around them. Despite that, “One Of the Best Yet” feels like vintage Gang Starr and like Guru was still alive. “One of the Best Yet” has great production all the way through by DJ Premier and the posthumous verses by Guru are quality as well! I like the variety of features that DJ Premier put on “One of the Best Yet.” We got rappers who used to work with Guru while he was alive like Jeru the Damaja, Big Shug, and Freddie Foxxx, but we also got rappers from newer generations who were influenced by Gang Starr like Royce da 5’9, Talib Kweli, and J. Cole.
I never thought I would get another Gang Starr song let alone a whole album in 2019. So even though this is my number 16 pick, it is a very important album and moment in hip-hop for me.
R.I.P. Guru! Gang Starr for life!!! Number 15!