Jamila Woods ‎– Heavn - 2016 Hip Hop Soul R + B Black Vinyl LP

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Jamila Woods ‎– Heavn

Jagjaguwar ‎– JAG312, Closed Sessions ‎– JAG312
Vinyl, LP, Album
05 Oct 2017
Hip Hop, Funk / Soul
Contemporary R&B


A1 Bubbles

A2 Vry Blk
Featuring – Noname

A3 Popsicle

A4 Lonely
Featuring – Lorine Chia

A5 Heavn

A6 Eve

A7 In My Name

A8 Assata's Daughters

A9 Blk Girl Soldier

Featuring – Chance The Rapper

A11 Still



B1 Emerald Street
Featuring – Saba

B2 Lately

B3 Always Loving

B4 Breadcrumbs
Featuring – Nico Segal

B5 Stellar

B6 Good Morning

B7 Holy

B8 Way Up

B9 Holy (Reprise)



(Pitchfork) " On “Blk Girl Soldier,” Woods champions freedom fighters, feminists, and writers as being “déjà vu of Tubman,” noting that even a young black girl “scares the government.” There are piercing claims and lamentations—“We go missing by the hundreds;” “They want us in kitchen/Kill our sons with lynchings/We get loud about it/Oh, now we’re the bitches;” “Look at what they did to my sister/Last century, last week/They make her hate her own skin, treat her like a sin”—all presented without rancor or rage. The most defiant thing about the song is Woods’ defiance of the baser emotions during such audacious level-headed truth-speaking. The theme is one of defense in the face of oppression, not vengeance. It’s a “Black Lives Matter (Too)” treatise, not an “(Only) Black Lives Matter” one.

The messages are made easier by Wood’s phrasing and voice—she’s light on the heavy points, her vocals sweet even when delivering bitter truths. She presents herself as an introvert who’d wistfully “rather spend my days alone on my pillow” as opposed to someone railing against the injustice of the world. On “LSD” she’s dedicated to her hometown in the face of inequity and coldness: “I will never leave you,” she sings. “I’m everything you made me/Even when you break me down.” Chance the Rapper’s characteristically dense verse—with shots at Spike Lee, observations of violence, and notes of gentrification— accounted for, it’s all of the sentiments of Kanye West’s “Homecoming,” but with less bombast and self-mythology.

Even when she’s singing about the personal and seemingly romantic, Wood’s experience still seems to presented through the filter of her place in larger society. On “Lonely Lonely” she may be talking to a potential lover when she sings, “Don’t take from me my quiet/Don’t take from me my tears/Don’t take from me me trials/Don’t take from me my fears”—but she embodies her full self as a woman in a world that wants its women to remain silent and its Blacks complacent as to never address the realities of patriarchy and white supremacy. On the title track, she’s ready to for undying love, but links it her ancestors lost to the Middle Passage: “They’re dancing in the deepest ocean/See? Not even death could stop them.”

Filled with personal memories, affirmations of self, and gazes of society’s racial strife, HEAVN is a singular mix of clear-eyed optimism and Black girl magic. On the opener, “Bubbles,” Woods sings of shyness, hesitation, and self-care, noting “how many different oils we know/to turn our skins from brown to gold”—making it metaphor about both beauty and protection. This rumination on isolation, journey, and transformation—which pops up throughout the album—comes full circle on the closer, “Way Up” where she sings, “I’m an alien from inner space” as a declaration that simultaneously reads as individual and universal. “Just ’cause I’m born here/Don't mean I’m from here,” she asserts because she knows that HEAVN is about a climate in which she doesn’t belong. It’s a climate in which none of us belong, but it’s also the only one that could produce an album filled with this particular tenor of hope in the face of despair."

More Information
Condition New
Format LP
Label Jagjaguwar
Color Black