1. NEW MUSIC: Billy Woods ft. Roc Marciano & Masai Bey – “Body of Work.”

    Raw first official single from D.C./NY-bred rapper Billy Woods’ forthcoming History Will Absolve Me album. “Body of Work” features an appropriately pounding downtempo beat (courtesy producer Willie Green), liberal sampled doses of the jazz vocal classic “Work Song” on its chorus, and the loose thematic thread of labor. “Is it actually fake when you already posin’ as imposters?” Woods queries of those prone to short cutting authenticity. “Negative is trying to convince me to believe positive is a sedative,” Woods Bey rhymes of working through life’s constant balancing acts. Is it too predictable for us to laud Roc Marciano’s typically strong contribution ? Too bad. Rhymes Marcberg: “N*ggas think that they nice/ Scat-rappin’ in tights/ That math isn’t right/ This is rapper’s delight.” History Will Absolve Me drops April 10th.


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