Hiding Places

Hiding Places is a collaborative studio album by Brooklyn rapper Billy Woods and Los Angeles record producer Kenny Segal.[1] It was released by Backwoodz Studioz on March 29, 2019.[2] It features guest appearances from Mothermary, Elucid, and Self Jupiter.[3]

Hiding Places
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
GenreHip hop
Length40:23
LabelBackwoodz Studioz
Producer
Billy Woods chronology
Known Unknowns
(2017)
Hiding Places
(2019)
Terror Management
(2019)
Kenny Segal chronology
Happy Little Trees
(2018)
Hiding Places
(2019)
Back at the House
(2019)

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Faderfavorable[4]
Pitchfork7.7/10[5]
Stereogumfavorable[6]

Marcus J. Moore of Pitchfork gave the album a 7.7 out of 10, writing: "In a way, Hiding Places plays like a complement to early-00s underground New York rap, and sits alongside early Definitive Jux records."[5] He added: "There's an edginess to the record, similar to Cannibal Ox's The Cold Vein, a feeling that the rapper will either self-destruct or nuke everything in his wake."[5] Tom Breihan of Stereogum wrote: "The album works as a sweaty, jangled rumination on stress and fear and hopelessness and grim acceptance."[6] Paul Thompson of The Fader called it "[Billy Woods'] leanest and his best [record]".[4]

Accolades

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
NPR 25 Best Albums of 2019
9
Stereogum 50 Best Albums of 2019
9
Time 10 Best Albums of 2019
5

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Spongebob"3:52
2."Steak Knives"1:28
3."Checkpoints"3:13
4."Spider Hole"3:40
5."Houthi"2:44
6."A Day in a Week in a Year" (featuring Mothermary)5:04
7."Bedtime"2:15
8."Crawlspace" (featuring Elucid)3:45
9."Speak Gently" (featuring Self Jupiter)4:53
10."Toothy"2:17
11."Bigfakelaugh"3:48
12."Red Dust"3:24

Personnel

Credits adapted from liner notes.

  • Billy Woods – vocals
  • Kenny Segal – production, mixing
  • Ryan Crosby – guitar (1, 4)
  • Mothermary – vocals (6), additional production (6)
  • Elucid – vocals (8)
  • Blockhead – co-production (8)
  • Self Jupiter – vocals (9)
  • Steel Tipped Dove – engineering
  • Willie Green – mastering

References

  1. Sacher, Andrew (March 29, 2019). "20 New Rap Songs Out This Week". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  2. Bloom, Madison; Blais-Billie, Braudie (March 29, 2019). "7 Albums Out Today You Should Listen to Now: Fennesz, Quelle Chris, K Á R Y Y N, and More". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  3. Breihan, Tom (March 29, 2019). "Stream billy woods & Kenny Segal's New Album Hiding Places". Stereogum. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  4. Thompson, Paul (April 9, 2019). "billy woods and the virtue of hiding". The Fader. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  5. Moore, Marcus J. (April 8, 2019). "woods + segal: Hiding Places". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  6. Breihan, Tom (April 10, 2019). "billy woods & Kenny Segal Made A Stressed-Out Rap Classic". Stereogum. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  7. "NPR Music's 25 Best Albums Of 2019". NPR. December 11, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  8. "The 50 Best Albums Of 2019". Stereogum. December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  9. "The 10 Best Albums of 2019". Time. November 27, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
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