Hear Jamila Woods’ jazzy new Nico Segal collaboration “BALDWIN”

Off her new record LEGACY! LEGACY!.

May 07, 2019
Hear Jamila Woods’ jazzy new Nico Segal collaboration “BALDWIN” Bradley Murray

This Friday, Jamila Woods will release her sophomore album LEGACY! LEGACY!. Each track on the record is named after a black cultural icon, from Zora Neale Hurston to Jean-Michel Basquiat. Ahead of the full project, Woods is sharing one last single, "BALDWIN." The song grapples with existing in predominantly white spaces, a recurring theme throughout author James Baldwin's oeuvre. Nico Segal guests on the track, adding flourishing trumpet to the warm, empowering production.

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"'BALDWIN' is a song inspired by the work of James Baldwin, particularly the 'Letter To My Nephew' in his book The Fire Next Time," Woods wrote in a press release. "He had an incredible ability to speak about whiteness in a way that was hard-hitting and nuanced, and delivered some of the most elegant reads to white America, providing me a lens to think about how I see whiteness at work in my world today."

Watch a lyric video for the track below. LEGACY! LEGACY! is out May 10 via Jagjaguwar.

Hear Jamila Woods’ jazzy new Nico Segal collaboration “BALDWIN”