billy woods; guest starring Vordul | Camouflage [Remastered 2008 Re-Issue]

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Camouflage [Remastered 2008 Re-Issue]

by billy woods; guest starring Vordul

Re-Issue of the 2003 cult classic. Cannibal Ox's Vordul Megallah and Spit-a-matic brethren Billy Woods go AWOL with a bucket of haze, a pack of newports and orders to take down the president.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Rap
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1. The Fire Next Time (intro)
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1:48 album only
2. Minimalism
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3:33 album only
3. The Things They Carried
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2:45 album only
4. Wonderful World
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2:35 album only
5. Pre-Emptive Strikes
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1:43 album only
6. Macross Plus
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3:10 album only
7. Amazing Grace
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8. Poli-Sci
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5:02 album only
9. Pipe Dreaming
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3:11 album only
10. Malt Liquor Freestyle [dub plate]
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11. Peter Luger
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12. Georgia Ave. 3:07am
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13. Undeclared Wars
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4:29 album only
14. Stormy Weather
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15. Gasoline
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16. American Dreams
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17. Dead Drummer Boyz
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18. Dirge
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19. Bright Lights, Big City
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20. Times Have Changed (outro)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In February 2003, an unknown record label called Backwoodz Studioz put out an album called Camouflage, featuring an equally unknown artist named billy woods, in collaboration with Vordul Mega of Cannibal OX. The record was a limited pressing (only 400 original copies), poorly distributed and promoted by only a handful of shows, so it’s not surprising that Camouflage was relatively ignored at first and took till early 2004 to go out of print. Considering the relative notoriety of Vordul Mega on the heels of the Cold Vein’s success, this was an inauspicious beginning, but over the years Camouflage became the definition of a cult classic. The mix of literate lyricism, street-level realism, and prescient politics (recorded in early 2002, the album predicted both the Iraq War and the WMD fiction), found a small but passionate audience. Although albums like Mr. Lif’s Emergency Rations and Immortal Technique’s Revolutionary Vol. 1 & 2 instantly became the major touchstones of post 9-11 “conscious” underground hip-hop, over time Camouflage began to receive similar acknowledgement. Due to limited availability, original pressings are almost impossible to come by and even online bootlegs were rare because the album was never released digitally.

Camouflage is also significant as the genesis of collaborations that would flourish over the course of the new millennium. BOND handled most of the production on the album and would go on to become Backwoodz Studioz’s flagship producer, as well as crafting beats for underground artists like Hell Razah, Hasan Salaam and Vordul Mega. His unique style of chopping samples and ingenious collaging of found material would make him one of the singular, if underappreciated, artists of his era. No artist collaborated with BOND as much as billy woods however, the rapper who was as eager to claim his hometown of Maryland and Washington DC as he was his childhood in Africa. Over the years, woods continued to put out material, steadily becoming one of the most underrated and undeniably original and creative artists in the genre. Vordul Mega and billy would go on to collaborate on two of Mega’s three solo albums, as well as numerous other projects and live performances. Camouflage is also the debut of Philadelphia MC Priviledge, who would later win acclaim as one-half of the Super Chron Flight Brothers, together with billy woods. In sum, Camouflage represents the seminal moment of the entire Backwoodz Studioz brand, style and aesthetic, a humble beginning for a small but visionary label.

This re-release has been a long time coming, and it will also mark the first time that Camouflage has been released digitally at all…almost six years later. We at Backwoodz felt the time was right to make the album that started us off available, both in limited edition deluxe copies and through digital distribution. The record has been painstakingly re-mastered, as well as reconstituted with some rare tracks replacing some of the freestyles that had to be removed. Please note that ALL of the material on the album is still from the Camouflage sessions at the now defunct Alamo studios, and there have been no re-recordings. All the artists involved feel that this re-release reflects, perhaps better than the first pressing, the original intent of this album. This record is immensely important to this label, our original artists and our fans, so we tried to do it justice. We hope you enjoy…and of course, smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.


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jerry fenwick

buy it now!!!
What can you say?? billy woods and backwoodz studioz are on a mission to restore hip hop back to its former glory

unclebengi

RARE classic reissued
Billy Woods has been my favorite MC ever since I became obsessed with the Terror Firma album and his solo album "The Chalice". I searched for Camouflage on the net for the last few years before finally finding it a few months before this reissue. Even after having the original, the remastered version is well worth your money. Everything Backwoodz Studioz is puttin out these days is fire. In house producers Bond and Dr. Monokrome are a big part of that, but Billy Woods is the key. The verses he spits on a regular basis are mind boggling. Life Affirming, Humanistic, Funny, Sad, Witty, Eye Opening shit. Every line has meaning.

"Those of you lookin for bubble gum with Yahmaha drums, that's next door, get out and have fun"

Leo (Albany Poets Inc.)

Billy Woods Bang For Your 900 Pennies
Hands down the best nine bucks you'll spend this year. Billy and co. kill it. Though he's unknown to me before this release, he's ultimately surprising in his thoughtful cadence, never too simplistic or too sensitive. The flavor's just right, straight up baby bear porridge. The sampling is superb, the production is top notch and compliments Billy's flow to the fullest. CanOx fans who bought this for Vordul's input won't be disappointed there. The storytelling is very well done (a staple of hiphop too often ignored), tracks like "Pipe Dreamin'" and "Georgia Ave 3:07am" command immediate headphone interest. New Billy ish is on its way out, just thought I'd boost it up by reviewing this, urging any and all to cop this before it's gone, then cop the new release. Non-thug, Non-sciencefictiongarbage, Non-overintellectualized. It's alternately direct, humourous, REAL, informed; a lot of hard work and talent, with some very distinct beats. I think fans of J-Zone production won't be dissapointed, but I'm hard pressed to compare the music to anyone in recent memory. He's callin people out on track 5. Pick it up now and act like you knew.