Unknowns: billy woods, PremRock & Fresh Kils, and Henry Canyons
Amoeba Berkeley - June 24th @ 2:00pm
Amoeba Berkeley brings you a triple-header on Saturday, June 24th with three consecutive sets by Washington D.C. rapper billy woods, New York emcee PremRock and producer Fresh Kils, and LA rapper Henry Canyons! Also catch them later that night at Brick & Mortar in SF.
Known Unknowns is billy woods’ new album, a follow-up to 2013’s Blockhead collaboration Dour Candy. Blockhead is still behind the boards here but there are also a couple beats from his longtime collaborator Aesop Rock. But the center of the whirlwind is still woods, who re-emerges from a two-year hiatus after releasing the avant-garde Today, I Wrote Nothing in early 2015. Known Unknowns finds the artist on more melodic ground, but still his esoteric, acerbic self, spinning verses equal parts joy and terror, wry wit and blind rage. There are guest appearances from ELUCID (Armand Hammer), as well as Aesop Rock, Homeboy Sandman, Googie, singer Barrie McLain, and DJ Mo Niklz. Since Dour Candy, Blockhead has worked with Aesop, Sandman, and MarQ Spekt, but Known Unknowns shows that he and Woods have developed their own unique chemistry.
Fresh Kils is a "producer/DJ/sample magician involved with two of the five most written about rap albums in Canada," according to Allya Kanani at Imprint Show Review. PremRock is no slouch either: "The hirsute and hooded rapper casts himself in a very short but worthy lineage…of rhymers artfully influenced by Aesop Rock," says Jeff Weiss of Pitchfork/LA Weekly.
LA-based rapper Henry Canyons transcends your typical boundaries of hip-hop identity. The self-described Brooklinite-French-Jew took to music at a young age; from his training as a jazz saxophonist to his teenage years spent in Brooklyn ciphers, his melodic style and bilingual lyrical integrity reflect a diverse musical background. Canyons left for the West Coast in 2005 to attend Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. After graduating, Canyons moved to LA intent on following his passion for the artform. Since then Henry has worked on multiple projects, most recently his first solo mixtape, Vignettes. Upon its release in October of 2012, Vignettes (which features production from BoomBaptist) received cosigns from WordisBond, HypeFloats, Hip-hop.com, and many other online publications. Since then, Canyons has been working on collaborative projects with French producers Keor Meteor and Freddy Jay, as well as NYC producer Willie Green. Over the course of his career, Canyons has racked up over 30,000 views on YouTube, and has shared stages with Macklemore, Tash, Open Mike Eagle, Pigeon Jon, Blue Scholars, billy woods, and tons of local LA talent.