Jamila Woods: “VRY BLK” (ft. Noname)

ACL Festival

Jamila Woods: “VRY BLK” (ft. Noname)

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017

This week, the Song of the Day features ACL Fest 2017 artists.

Jamila Woods made her first big splash on hip-hop’s mainstream with her lush, harmonious contribution to “Surf Candy,” a song by the Social Experiment, a self-described bohemian group of musicians that, at the time, included Chance the Rapper among its ranks. Born and raised on the southside of Chicago, Woods garnered an early love for a wide array of music, everything from jazz to the Cure. She found a fostered a newfound love for poetry after a passive decision to take a high school poetry class, marrying her two loves and using them as a way to, “check in with [her]self.”

“VRY BLK” is from Woods’s debut album released last year. As the title suggests, the song is a declaration of her pride and identity as a  black individual and a damning of the brutality experienced by African-Americans in our country. Her poetic prowess nimbly braids the hard-truth and real-anxiety with a popular children’s poem, juxtaposed with her chorus which trades message for mantra. Fellow poet, artist, and Chicagoan Noname lends a verse on this track too, clenching the song’s powerful communiqué. All these lines laid on a bed of spokenwordesque rhythms and sexy, pregnant synth swells.

“VRY BLK” appears on HEAVN, out now Jagjaguwar.

Jamila Woods at ACL Fest 2017:

*Sunday, Oct 15 // Tito’s Vodka Stage // 1:30 p.m.

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