GIOVANNI | Jamila Woods

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Jamila Woods has shared a video for a new song titled “Giovanni.” The video, which she co-directed with Vincent Martell, features her family. The track was inspired by poet and activist Nikki Giovanni and references her 1970s poem “Ego Tripping.” In a press release, Woods said, “‘Giovanni’ is a song about owning & celebrating all the parts of myself. It’s about legacy and lineage, and how the love & strength of the people who made me makes me feel invincible.” Watch the 9-minute “Giovanni” clip below (via The Poetry Foundation).

“Giovanni” follows Jamila Woods’ 2016 solo debut HEAVN, which featured Chance the Rapper, Saba, Kweku Collins, and others. Last year, she shared the video for “LSD” featuring Chance. Its treatment was created by Chicago high school then-senior Ashley Huicochea, who won Woods and Chance’s contest to make the visual.

Director: Vincent Martell & Jamila Woods
Producer: Jordan Phelps
Editor: Vincent Martell & Jordan Phelps
Director of Photography: Imani Dennison
AC: Ashley Battle
Gaffer: Candice Majors
Sound: Coco Wallace
VFX Supervisor: Zach Moore
Drone Operator: Christian Wilson
Colorist: Hannah Welever
Head of Wardrobe: Whitney Middleton
Wardrobe Assitant: Sal Yvat & Allie Bradford
MUA: Krystyn Johnson & Paula Silva
Production Assistant: Zoe Kosmopolous, Daemon Narciso, Leah Solomon, Jordan Rome, Roberto Morales

Featuring (in order of appearance): Gramma J, Po' Chop, Kesha Daniels-Rush, Dominique James, E'mon Lauren Black, Mo G, Momma Woods

Special Thanks to The Forum on 43rd and Southside Community Art Center‘GIOVANNI’
Written by: Jamila Woods
Produced by: SLOT-A
Additional keys by: Ami
Live Drums by: Ralph Gene
Mixed and Mastered By: Michael Kolar c/o Closed Sessions

Read Pitchfork’s 2016 interview with Jamila Woods.