Over the last year Chicago has proven to be a wellspring of brilliant and dynamic new talent. And though the names Kanye West and Chance The Rapper tend to dominate the discussion, Jamila Woods has proven to be a quiet, yet powerful force, gracing cuts on Coloring Book, but also readying her own solo debut that gathers the creative spirits of her fellow Windy City natives.
Today HEAVN arrives via SPIN, following the release of the album’s Dilla-fied title-track, as well as the singles “Blk Girl Soldier” and “LSD,” the latter recruiting Chano to assist in an ode to their hometown. The album features assistance from the aforementioned rapper (named Chance,) as well as members of The Social Experiment crew, including Peter Cottontale, Donnie Trumpet, and other Chicago upstarts like SABA and Kweku Collins, all lending their voices and instruments to a remarkable solo outing.
You can hear Jamila Woods’ solo debut HEAVN in the player below for the righteously low price of free ninety-nine. Be sure to support the album through your respective channels. In the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Alva Braziel, let HEAVN be the light in your day.