AOTY 2021
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The latest studio effort from poet, musician and activist Moor Mother, and rapper Billy Woods (½ of Armand Hammer) entitled 'BRASS' is a bit of a difficult record to talk about at a first glance, as it's a relatively unconventional hip-hop album and its sound is pretty experimental and abstract, so I guess the most I can do at the moment is a short blurb. Firstly I'm not very familiar with a lot of Moor Mother's work, I know she appeared on Armand Hammer's last album 'Shrines' but ... read more
8.5 - Amazing

Umm.. that’s a lot to take in.

Brass was an album that I was not expecting to be as good as it is. I knew of Billy Woods, and I knew that he was an accomplished rapper that is widely loved by the underground. Before this, I never heard of Moor Mother as well. However, only until now, I’ve finally listened to one of his or her works, and I gotta say, Brass is a mind-blowing, abstract hip hop release that is consistently good throughout.

The production on this album ... read more
Billy Woods caught my attention in a big way last year upon the release of Hiding Places, one of not just my favorite hip hop releases of the year but just any album of the year period. I had been first exposed to his music on Armand Hammer's 2018 album Paraffin but didn't think much about him as a solo artist until the year later. Moor Mother was in a similar position as Woods this year, as I had heard her feature on Armand Hammer's most recent album Shrines but didn't think too much about her ... read more
Moor Mother and Billy Woods stylistically meet in the middle and create another gem for each of their respectively super consistent catalogs.
Rapper billy woods and poet Moor Mother come together to create a dark and somber avant-garde rap album.

This album is difficult to defend as a rap album, as everything one might expect from a typical rap album is pretty much completely absent in this album. It feels less like a collection of rap songs, and more like sporadic slam poetry over some beats that were made in a factory.

BRASS is a very dark album. This isn't something you bump in the whip or play at a party. This is ... read more
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Track List

  1. Furies
  2. The Blues Remembers Everything The Country Forgot [feat. Wolf Weston (of Saint Mela)]
  3. Maroons (feat. Imani Robinson & Amirtha Kidambi)
  4. Rapunzal
  5. Arkeology (feat. E L U C I D)
  6. Blak Forrest (feat. FIELDED)
  7. Gang for A Day (feat. Franklin James Fisher)
  8. Mom's Gold
  9. Chimney (feat. Mach-Hommy)
  10. Rock Cried
  11. Scary Hours (feat. John Forte)
  12. Guinness
  13. Tiberius (feat. E L U C I D)
  14. Giraffe Hunts
  15. Portrait (feat. Navy Blue)
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Added on: December 11, 2020