Jamila Woods – BETTY (for Boogie)
Number of Tracks:1
From the Album:BETTY (for Boogie)
Available Date & Time: Jul 25 2019 08:00:00 EDT
Impact Date: Jul 29 2019 00:00:00
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Pitchfork: This is a nod to Betty Davis, the pioneering funk musician who was also briefly married to Miles Davis in the late ’60s. How did you become interested in her?
Jamila Woods: I’ve always been fascinated by women artists in relationships with more prominent male artists, and how that affected their careers. I’ve written a series of poems about women like this, including one about Betty Davis. I recently saw the documentary about her, They Say I’m Different, and it gave me an even bigger picture into how she pushed what it meant to be a woman performing onstage. She was really sensual, and people couldn’t handle it. I always admired that. But that actually closed a lot of doors for her, with men in the music industry feeling like she was going to be too much. The second verse of this song questions the tension that exists when women want to step outside of the box that’s prescribed for them, and how men sometimes see that as a threat as opposed to us just expressing ourselves.
“BETTY (for Boogie)”
Pitchfork: You close the album with a reprise of “BETTY,” in what feels like a nod to Chicago house music.
Jamila Woods: Exactly. Also, I wanted the project to feel very cohesive, like you can listen to it on loop and be in this world. The song is dedicated to Boogie McLarin, who I met through YCA, where she’s done a lot of house dance workshops with our students. I grew up in Chicago but I didn’t learn about house music then. People in college were mentioning “Chicago house,” and I was like, “Where is that place?” I didn’t learn about it until I came back and saw Boogie’s workshops; she gives oral histories as she’s teaching the dance. She talks about the desegregated parties at The Warehouse, and how that was one of the only places where you could meet people of different races and backgrounds. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t even know what house music is.
"Her wounded confessionals become blossoming tales of overcoming."
"One of the albums of the year, this is a a confident and self-assured project that affirms the Chicago musician's own place alongside the historical greats she praises"
"Her voice, a soothing haze of neo-soul warmth, covers even the harshest modern realities with a tenacious beauty."
"It’s music to own your truth by."
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