Jamila Woods has her own project in the pipeline! She’s managed to vacuum shine like a blackhole in guest spots on the Social Experiment’s “Sunday Candy,” Macklemore’s “White Privilege II,” Kweku Collins’ “Ego Killed The Romance” and one of Chance The Rapper’s “Blessings” among others, but we finally get to hear her at the helm on the 13-track project, HEAVN. We’ve already heard the title track, and today we get the Chance-assisted “LSD.”
Woods’ poetic pen and voice are in their normal glowing, soulful form. She extends a tender invite to “get on the highway” to escape hard times, but not through the temporary, ever-elusive high of drugs and vices as the title suggests. Rather through the strength of love, both of others and the self, and the community it fosters, she strengthens her resolve and in turn does the same for those she cares about. Chano comes in with more unbridled ebullience, hoping for a better future for his daughter and extending Wood’s uplifting infectiousness. Here’s what Woods had to say about the song:
When I was a kid, getting on Lake Shore Drive from the south side to go downtown was magical. I lived on the east coast for a few years and people would laugh when I told them we have beaches and a lake we can swim in. I always wanted to write about that. A lot of people get Chicago wrong. I’ve developed this protective feeling about how we’re portrayed, and at the same time I’m acutely aware of the issues we face and the root causes of these issues. It’s important to me that there’s not just one story told about our city. LSD is an ode to Chicago, a song for the complicated love I have for my city.
The entire project is a Chicago musical family affair with features from Saba and Donnie Trumpet in addition to Chano, and production from Odd Couple, Kweku Collins, Peter Cottontale, and Nate Fox among others. It’s sure to be an undeniable bundle of hope and joy built on gospel and soul.
Tracklist (on notepad a la Mr. West):
HEAVN is out 7/11 via Closed Sessions.