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Chicago-born-and-based vocalist, rapper and poet Jamila Woods is not a member of the AACM or the Art Ensemble of Chicago, but embodies the spirit of “Great Black Music, Ancient to the Future.” Her work encompasses elements of the neo-soul, gospel, jazz and hip-hop hybrid that has become a bit of a calling card for her city between her and collaborators like Chance The Rapper, Nico Segal and noname while also invoking the intellectual traditions of figures like James Baldwin and Angela Davis. Her songs can uplift and crush the soul in the same measure.
Her current project, Legacy! Legacy!, continues the work of channeling Great Black Music, literature and thought, dedicating the album’s thirteen tracks to figures like Baldwin and Zora Neale Hurston but also Sun Ra, Miles Davis and Muddy Waters.