I saw Jamila Woods perform by accident last month, during this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival. She’d
subbed in on the main stage for The Avalanches, who had cancelled on short notice, and rather than make my
way out of the crowd my friends and I decided to stay and give her a shot. Suffice it to say, it ended up
being one of my favorite performances of the weekend. She was humble, beautiful, genuinely happy to be
there, and just the right amount of nervous. She shined. And her lovely soul/R&B ditties—which
Pitchfork aptly describes as
"protest music that sounds like a children's playground"—killed, particularly for a crowd full of
people who’d never heard her name before.
Prior to her debut album, HEAVN, which dropped last week, Woods was most well-known for featuring
on Chance the Rapper’s hit, “Blessings” (she’s the female voice you dig so much). Now, Chance the
Rapper, a fellow Chicagoan, has returned the favor, rapping on Woods’s track, “LSD”—a
reference to Lake Shore Drive, in Chicago, not the psychedelic drug.
The song is an unabashed ode to the city,
and so is the video, which features Jamila Woods chilling in a kiddie pool and Chance manning a lit backyard
BBQ. Watch it below, and listen to her new album in full on Spotify.