New York-based rapper billy woods is teaming back up with Kenny Segal for a 2023 release. Titled Maps, it is set to release May 5th. This release comes four years after their previous, titled Hiding Places. The new album will feature the likes of Quelle Chris, ShrapKnel, Danny Brown, ELUCID, Benjamin Booker, Sam Herring & Aesop Rock.
From the Bandcamp pre-order:
Maps is the new album from NYC rapper billy woods and LA producer Kenny Segal, their first full collaboration since 2019’s Hiding Places. Four years after that landmark record, the duo have reunited with a vengeance. Maps is a story of the road, or roads, taken and untaken; of living the dream and dreaming of another life. It is an album about trying to find your way home, after making your home wherever you lay your head.
“Kenny and I made more songs together before Hiding Places than we did after,” woods says. “I think we only collaborated once over the last four years and although we didn’t talk about it, I think we wanted to let that energy build again. Neither of us wanted to make Hiding Places 2. We needed to go on other journeys, artistic and otherwise, to come back and do something fresh.”
Produced in full by Kenny Segal, Maps features Danny Brown, ELUCID (Armand Hammer), Shabaka Hutchins, Sam Herring (Future Islands), Quelle Chris, Aesop Rock, Benjamin Booker, and ShrapKnel. Segal moves effortlessly through styles but everything is underpinned with deep basslines and mean drums laid down like railroad tracks. Weaving between poignant memoir, deadpan humor, and incandescent bursts of surrealism, Maps cements both artists’ place amongst the best of their time.
The tracklist is as follows:
- Kenwood Speakers
- Soft Landing
- Soundcheck featuring Quelle Chris
- Rapper Weed
- Blue Smoke
- Bad Dreams Are Only Dreams
- Babylon by Bus featuring ShrapKnel
- Year Zero featuring Danny Brown
- Baby Steps featuring ELUCID & Benjamin Booker
- The Layover
- FaceTime featuring Sam Herring
- Waiting Around featuring Aesop Rock
- NYC Tapwater
- As The Crow Flies featuring ELUCID