Known Unknowns

Billy Woods - Known Unknowns
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Based on 3 reviews
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Based on 97 ratings
2017 Ratings: #134
June 9, 2017 / Release Date
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TheRootBoy
84
This is New York hip hop spelled out for you out from the rat infested gutters. The songs here are story driven and impactful. Not a bad song on this record. Some tracks are better than others, but Woods is also a guy who doesn't try to rely on production and a catchy chorus to get you by on my music either. Worth checking out.
LepardRyan
80
Good
BuffaloStaple
53
Billy continues to be a very poetic and creative lyricist/storyteller on this album, but when it comes down to the structure and writing of this project, I personally find it incredibly difficult to enjoy the music here. Whilst there are numerous lines all over this record that admittedly did leave me impressed, for the most part I find it really difficult to get behind what he writes. Billy tends to use incredibly dense and obtuse lyrical metaphors and analogies to describe simple topics and ... read more
Kaapo
82
Really solid, Billy Woods has great and rememberable flow on these type more complex but still ambient beats. Also lyrically great but not Woods best.
HHGA
91
Known Unknowns is HHGA’s favorite album of 2017 and one of the best Hip Hop albums of the decade, but it was totally overlooked by most Hip Hop fans and noticed only by those heads who dig deep or those who have always been following billy woods.

billy woods’ debut album Camouflage (2003) and the albums that followed in the 2000s were all fine enough, but it was the excellent History Will Absolve Me (2012) that started a new level of excellence in woods’ career. Dour Candy ... read more
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Track List

  1. Bush League
  2. Snake Oil
  3. Unstuck
  4. Wonderful (feat. Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman)
  5. Superpredator
  6. Fall Back
  7. Groundhogs Day
  8. Everybody Knows
  9. Police Came to My Show
  10. Nomento (feat. Elucid)
  11. Washington Redskins
  12. Tupac Jackets (feat. Elucid)
  13. Source Awards
  14. Strawman (feat. Googie & Barrie McLain)
  15. Cheap Shoes
  16. Gazpacho
  17. Keloid
  18. Robespierre (feat. Barrie McLain)
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