billy woods
Johnny Brenda's Presents

billy woods

ELUCID, Moor Mother, ShrapKnel

Ages 21+
billy woods with ELUCID, Moor Mother & ShrapKnel at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia
  • 8:00 PM - Doors
  • 9:00 PM - ShrapKnel
  • 9:45 PM - Moor Mother
  • 10:30 PM - ELUCID
  • 11:15 PM - billy woods


billy woods is a rapper who defies easy categorization. He claims Washington D.C. as his hometown but has spent much of his life in New York City. He was born in the U.S. but spent much of his childhood in Africa and the West Indies, the second child of a Jamaican intellectual and a would-be Marxist revolutionary. On the mic, woods is no less of a conundrum, possessed of versatile flows and an ability to not only tackle topics other artists wouldn’t dream of, but also to bring unique perspectives to the familiar ones.

woods is riding into the new year following a dominant showing in 2019, where he released two full-length projects. The first was Hiding Places, a collaborative album from the Brooklyn-based rapper and Los Angeles beat scene veteran Kenny Segal. Hiding Places finds both artists deep in the labyrinth. Segal's lush landscapes have a new edge, and woods' writing is, paradoxically, at its most direct. Hiding Places is a child's game: funny and cruel; as brutal as a fairy tale. On his latest, Terror Management, woods weaves past, present and future into a dark tableau as hilarious as it is macabre. This is a place where skeletons spill from closets, lead pours from faucets and the punchline is the whole joke.


Born in Queens and raised in Long Island, longtime Brooklyn resident ELUCID is New York’s best-kept secret. He’s worked with some of indie hip-hop’s most celebrated artists: Open Mike Eagle, Tanya Morgan, J*Davey, Beans from Antipop, milo, billy woods, Busdriver, Small Professor and Rob Sonic, amongst others. He’s put out a few mixtapes and a couple collaborative projects—as part of Cult Favorite with A.M. Breakups, and Armand Hammer with billy woods—but never a solo album. Until now.


MMGZ music is a history lesson, a future lesson, and a comment on the present all at once. And really it is more than a lesson, its a soundscape to these different time dimensions, so that you are hearing and experiencing not only music, but you get the voices of the ancestors, the whispers of our descendants, and the field sounds of the future and past landscapes. She presents an immersive experience in her music that unfolds or unearths some of the hidden dimensions that are embedded in sounds.


Backwoodz Studioz newest signee ShrapKnel pairs two long-time friends and frequent collaborators Curly Castro and PremRock. Although the two rappers have long been part of Philly’s Wrecking Crew, ShrapKnel is a pared down affair; sharp knives in tight spaces. There is a full-length album on the way produced entirely by Backwoodz’ label mates ELUCID & Willie Green—following Cobalt, their debut EP released in 2019.

Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125