Jamila Woods Spins A The Cure Classic Into A Dreamy Ode To Black Love

Listen to the first single off the Chicago poet and singer’s forthcoming EP.

Photographer Matthew Avignone
May 11, 2016

Having notched a number of prominent features over the past year—on Surf album cut "Sunday Candy," Mackelmore's contentious single "White Privilege II," and "Blessings," the first track off Chance the Rapper's much-anticipated Chance 3—Chicago singer and poet Jamila Woods is now turning her attention toward here solo debut, Heavn, which she will release this summer with her new label Closed Sessions.


Today, Woods has revealed the first track off that project: "Heavn," a dreamy flip of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" that interpolates “Eve," off the Roots' Dilla Joints and tells a story of black love, past and present. My great, great, great, grandma, and your great, great, great grandpapa didn't need a ring or a broom, she sings.

"I was thinking about all the barriers set up against love," Woods explained in an email to The FADER. "I thought about stories of black love in slavery times, how my ancestors had the audacity to love in spite of trauma and violence waged against them. The song became an ode to that history and a call to choose love in spite of the storms we weather.”