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Jamila Woods & NE-HI Surprise

It is not often occurrence when hip hop and soul meets rock and roll but when its done right it is an extraordinary combination of sound and style. Not surprisingly the endlessly talented Jamila Woods involved herself with the Chicago rock group NE-HI to recreate The Times I’m Not There. Previously never working together before Jamila and NE-HI had a mutual interest in each others music. There is more significance to this work than ears can hear.

This song chosen is from NE-HI’s first LP. The two being from Chicago they agreed upon giving the money raised from the song to charity that empowers youth through creative means created by Chance the Rapper named SocialWorks. They all got to talking with Sterogum about the collaboration and shared some words on their experiences. Jamila, coming back from BLK Wednesday & John Walt Day, gave outstanding performances over Thanksgiving weekend that may have topped her LSD video release viewing, treating the crowds to unreleased music. Keep ears open from new music from both these locals.

James Weird of NE-HI On collaborating with Jamila:

We spent some time this summer reimagining the arrangement and rhythmic approach to “The Times I’m Not There”, a song from our first record. The idea was to explore new melodies and textures to shape around the guitar hook and find a different voice to take the song somewhere else. Jamila Woods, being the amazing vocalist that she is, came on and completely led the song into a new life. After tampering around with the edit for a while, what started as an experiment turned out to be a memorable song and recording process. Shout out to Jamila Woods, Dave Vettraino on production, and Dee Lilly on the keys! This being a project between two Chicago artists, we wanted to give all the proceeds back to young people in the city through the arts empowerment charity, SocialWorks

Jamila on NE-HI:

I had a great time working on the song with NE-HI, we had never worked together before but I really like their sound and it was fun to collaborate during the process. I think it’s dope that they chose to partner with SocialWorks for the release

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More Than An LSD Video: Jamila Woods

The anticipation was high and the room was packed from wall to wall in House of Vans on the night of the LSD video premier. Jamila Woods had thrown a free show in the early evening hours for fans to experience some live music. We all had the privilege to be the first to see the new visuals. The event highlighted a CPS student and aspiring film maker award and achievement as well as benefit SocialWorks, an art nonprofit under Chance the Rapper.

Photo Credit to Bryan Allen Lamb

As the lights dimmed and the projector lights up the wall, the crowds chanted as Jamila appears angelic in Lake Michigan. Many women commending Jamilas confidence in her skin jeered louder. The setting brings us to the lake and more importantly, familiar neighborhoods, highlighting the deeper layers of our city. Chance the Rapper commands a grill surrounded by family and friends as children run and play around Jamila relaxing a kiddy pool in the front yard. A Chicago that is not linked to violence as too many assume. A side more reserved for the locals.

As the camera pans across Chance the crowd lets out another cheer as simultaneously, the video leaves a warm feeling of grace for our beautiful city. The purpose of the video fulfilled. The idea coming Ashley Huicochea, from Prosser Career Academy who had the opportunity to work, learn and gain skills pertaining to film and directing.  An effort by Vincent Martell and Sam Bailey from VAM Studio to include more students in the process of film making. The dedication Jamila Woods, Chance the Rapper and the rest of their hardworking crew have for the newer generations inspires and positively influences Chicago greatly. Their collective effort  shines in the results.

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Brown Girls Theme – Jamila Woods

Since releasing her debut album HEAVN Jamila Woods has been working and collaborating on big projects with local artists. Featuring in few different releases from Malcolm London‘s Opia, Saba‘s Bucket List and oddCouple‘s LP. Impressive list to add to an already amazing music resume. She is back with a new single. Brown Girls Theme, with a beautiful melody she expresses herself gracefully.

You can always count on Jamilas voice to make you feel dreamy, relaxed and to project a message clear. A perfect voice to speak for what she is passionate about. Recently she featured in a documentary Saving Chicago on Billboard that features Rhymefest, Malcolm London, Common and other passionate Chicago artists and students. As a clip of her teaching and singing with her class plays Jamila voices her opinion on Chicago violence and Police Brutality while at the same time promoting the positive qualities of the black community. Reshaping Chicago through music.

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Jamila Woods is Filled with Love From HEAVN in her Debut Album

Releasing her Debut album earlier this month HEAVN is jam packed with some of the more notable artists rising out of Chicago. From Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment to Saba, Noname and Odd Couple to Kweku Collins; Jamila Woods really knows how to bring it back to her city, as she has set forth to do. Being the associate director at Wordplay Youth Chicago Artists, which helped manifest talents and careers for artists like Chance the Rapper, Mick Jenkins and Saba, she gets to hear and experience the stories and struggles of the youth on the south side empathically, being raised in Beverly Hills, Chicago herself. She is working on a strong platform making her voice heard not for herself but for the voices unheard in his beautifully diverse city that fills her with complicated love.

HEAVN is Jamila’s debut album joining the ranks of the many independent Chicago artists after first making herself known through collaborations with Chance on Sunday Candy and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ White Privilege II. HEAVN holds powerful messages of love, awareness and resilience for the masses to hear as well. Songs like VRY BLK with NoName echoes the struggle of police brutality taking on the rhythm of the nursery rhyme Miss Mary Mack metaphorically singing serving and protecting is stealing babies lives. Then you have Blk Girl Soldier a strong vocally passionate song that brings to light the silent struggle of young black women.”Look at what they did to my sisters, last century last week, put her in a jar and forget her, they love how it repeats” Jamila sings as her video focuses on protesters holding signs saying Say Her Name, an organization bringing awareness to black women who have been murdered, beaten or go missing and never get reported on. The combination of the lyrics and video message highlights the strength of black women then and now who endure so much more and still rise to the top because they have to.

Jamila in the end carries the torch of love and empowerment among many strong female artists that hold the same message. When it gets down to it though she is an artist, with a heavy soul. A mere human as humbly reminded in Lonely Lonely, filled with doubts and concerns with the real issues internal and external. Here to remind you that even the strongest minds have their dark days and in the end you are all that you got and need. Just love and appreciate your blessings as she sings “My cup is full, what I got is enough, nobody completes me, don’t mess with my love” in her song Holy. Just wake up in the morning with your mind set on loving yourself, that in itself is a revolutionary act. Get inspired and download this album for free.

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