Two albums deep into her career, Jamila Woods has helped carve out a small niche in today’s R&B climate serves a balance with introspection and political commentary. With her second album titled LEGACY! LEGACY!, the Chicagoan looks to inspiration from legendary artists of color from the past to lay a foundation for people of color to live life to the fullest.
If you’re asked which artists are pushing R&B music forward, you might answer with names like Maxwell, Miguel, and Frank Ocean. But after a very impressive (and sold-out) U Hall debut, you’ll probably want to answer with this name: Gallant. Born in DC and growing up in Columbia, MD, Gallant is a DMV-er through and through. He briefly acknowledged the fact, though the night was more about his music and less about his roots. His debut album, “Ology”, was released in April to critical acclaim, and he kicked off the tour in his hometown of DC.