If the name Jamila Woods rings a bell, that’s because she’s the soulful voice featured on Chance The Rapper’s “Sunday Candy” and “Blessings” (and, less impressively, on Macklemore’s “White Privilege II“). She’s also, of course, an artist and musician in her own right, and she’s gearing up to release her solo debut, Heavn, later this year. Today, she’s shared the title track from her record, and it’s a play on the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” that also incorporates a sample from the Roots’ “Eve,” as Woods adds her own flair on top. “I was thinking about all the barriers set up against love,” Woods told The Fader. “I thought about stories of black love in slavery times, how my ancestors had the audacity to love in spite of trauma and violence waged against them. The song became an ode to that history and a call to choose love in spite of the storms we weather.” Listen below.
Heavn will be out this summer via Closed Sessions.