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Combining his knack for knowing which beats he sounds good on and which guests sound great with him, History Will Absolve Me is a perfect storm of underground hip-hop and a one-of-a-kind listening experience that will be the new standard for alternative East Coast indie excellence.


this aint boring i take it back
but some parts are kinda soulless


Some tracks on this are pretty dead instrumentally but the rapping is consistently great. Great themes and a pretty damn good album overall.


Ever since discovering the project Armand Hammer through their album Paraffin and the solo project with Kenny Segal from this year Hiding Places, Billy Woods has slowly become one of the modern MCs that I have been the most impressed with. His hard hitting style meshes well with underground and abstract beats, which traditionally are a style of hip hop that works wonders on me. However, I have never gone back to see what some of his earlier work sounds like. Therefore, here we are.

History ... read more


Through and through, this album is introspective, intriguing and incredible.
Pompeii still scares me on every listen:
"Watching yourself go through the motions
Pretending you're not dead, adrift in a black ocean"


Original listening date: May 12, 2022

Billy Woods' History Will Absolve Me is definitely not what I expected from a Billy Woods record, after listening to the collaborative album with Armand Hammer and The Alchemist Haram, I decided to start listening to more projects by Billy Woods, History Will Absolve Me is definitely a great abstract hip-hop album and has some of the most agreesive, explosive and punchy rapping and production, I've heard on a Billy Woods project, before listening to this ... read more


this aint boring i take it back
but some parts are kinda soulless

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Track List

  1. A Mis Enemigos (High Tide)
  2. Crocodile Tears
  3. The Man Who Would Be King
  4. Ca$h 4 Gold
  5. Body of Work (feat. Masai Bey & Roc Marciano)
  6. The Foreigner
  7. Bill Cosby
  8. Freedman's Bureau (feat. Elucid)
  9. Blue Dream (feat. L'Wren)
  10. DMCA
  11. Pompeii
  12. Duck Hunt
  13. Nigerian Email
  14. Pump Up the Volume (feat. L'Wren)
  15. Famous Last Words (feat. Junclassic & Marq Spekt)
  16. Sour Grapes (feat. Elucid)
  17. Human Resources
  18. The Wake

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Added on: December 17, 2012