“You might want to hold my comb/ when you find out what I’m made of/ you might want to follow me and copy all of my mistakes” – Giovanni, Jamila Woods
If you haven’t heard of the South Side goddess, Jamila Woods, we feel sorry for you. Woods is an extraordinary R&B-Soul/Hip Hop Chicago-based artist whose smooth voice brings poignant attention to Chicago culture and black excellence. You can see her live next Wed, Nov 27 at the LEGACY! LEGACY! Unfolded concert as part of the Red Bull Music Festival.
Jamila Woods is one of the strongest voices of her generation. She’s firm in her roots, unafraid to share her ideas, and tuned in to her community. Woods’ lyrics combine political commentary with self-discovery to celebrate black culture and call out oppression. They also often pay tribute to black history and civil rights leaders like Assata Shakur, Rosa Parks, and Audre Lorde.
Her most popular track, LSD features Chance the Rapper has a feel-good, grooving beat, perfect for cruising down Lake Shore Drive. The lyrics celebrate the beauty of Lake Michigan and Chicago culture juxtaposed against adversity experienced on the South Side and the gentrification of Chicago neighborhoods.
Jamila Woods is one of our favorite artists to play around the Secret Chicago office. You can find music on Spotify, Apple Music, and Soundcloud and see her live next Wed, Nov 27 at the Red Bull Music Festival at 8 p.m.