Chance the Rapper bumped with Jamila Woods for the music video of her track “LSD”. The song is an ode to their dear city Chicago, and features backend work from creative locals.
The Rise of Jamila Woods
A Chicago-based soul singer, Jamila Woods’ skill set also includes songwriting and poetry. She earned a BA in Africana Studies and Theatre & Performance Studies from Brown University, and is currently the Associate Artistic Director of non-profit youth organization Young Chicago Authors (YCA). The YCA produces Louder Than A Bomb (the biggest poetry festival in the world), curriculums for Chicago Public Schools, and teaches poetry to young people around the city.
Woods’ musical influences cover Erykah Badu, Imogen Heap, Kirk Franklin, and Kendrick Lamar. Because of her church choir background, she loves to incorporate choral layering on top of sampling and allusions. Her debut album “HEAVN” was released via SoundCloud on July 2016 and features collaborations with artists like Chance the Rapper, Noname, Saba, and trumpeter/record producer Donnie Trumpet. She also lent her vocals for Chance the Rapper’s track “Blessings”, and “White Privilege II” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Earlier this year, the pair presented an opportunity for Chicago Public School student filmmakers to co-direct the video. The winner, Ashley Huicochea from Prosser Career Academy, shadowed directors Sam Bailey and Vincent Martell during the shoot.
It’s a beautiful day in Chicago. Jamila spends it in an inflatable pool by their front yard, and by the beach. Chance, on the other hand, takes over grill duties at a backyard cookout. They’ve always been proud of their hometown, and “LSD” (referencing to Lake Shore Drive and not Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) speaks of their complicated relationship with their beloved city. Both Chance and Jamila believe in the promise of Chicago’s youth but are also aware of the trouble it brews.
Regardless, they choose to improve the city in the best way that they can: Jamila speaks to empower black womanhood that integrates their experiences into history, while Chance donates huge sums of money to the Chicago Public School system.
The two prove that inflicting change doesn’t always have to be violent. Check out the dreamy music video below.