Chicago singer/poet Jamila Woods captured our hearts alongside Chance the Rapper on Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment's "Sunday Candy." Today her commanding, calming vibe gets a 13-track treatise called HEAVN. It's Woods' debut album, and you can stream it above and download it immediately by clicking this official link.
Here's how Woods describes the concept on Soundcloud:
"HEAVN is about black girlhood, about Chicago, about the people we miss who have gone on to prepare a place for us somewhere else, about the city/world we aspire to live in. I hope this album encourages listeners to love themselves and love each other. For black and brown people, caring for ourselves and each other is not a neutral act. It is a necessary and radical part of the struggle to create a more just society. Our healing and survival are essential to the fight."
That's embodied across the album in lyrics like "Lonely Lonely's" "I'm not okay, thanks for asking" and "VERY BLK"'s "I'm very black, black, black / Can't send me back, back, back / You take my brother, brother, brother / I fight back, back, back, back."
HEAVN features guest spots by Chance the Rapper, Noname (formerly Noname Gypsy), Saba and Donnie Trumpet. Chi-Town producer Odd Couple, who premiered a track with Fuse last summer, contributed four beats.