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Detroit, Michigan, United States | SELF

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"Detroit Rapper Takes on Kwame Kilpatrick and His Mom"

Detroit rapper King Woodz has released a news single called "Yawz Boi" about former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. He even samples an infamous speech by his mother, Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, where she vigorously defends her son.

He talks to Simon Shaykhet about what it means and why he decided to put it out the very day Kwame is sent to prison. - Staff Reports

"Detroit rapper King Woodz releases single about Kwame Kilpatrick 'Yawz Boi'"

Detroit rapper Rodney Woods a.k.a. King Woodz talked to Fox 2 News yesterday about one of his singles that is getting extra attention in light of current events involving a certain ex-Detroit mayor.

Woodz wrote the song 'Yaw's Boi" about a year ago, using a sample from a speech delivered by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Detroit) as the intro.

"Don't let nobody talk about yaw's boy," is the famous line from that speech, which Cheeks Kilpatrick delivered at a rally in 2008. It was given in defense of her son Kwame Kilpatrick in the aftermath of his text message scandal.

Woods, a supporter of ex-Mayor Kilpatrick, wanted to use the song as a way to rally people around him and defend his image.

“She was defending her son; we also support her son,” Woods told the Detroit Free Press. “He’s done a lot for the city. That’s failed to be talked about. ...I can’t forget about it, because I saw a lot of positive change. I thought he did a lot for our city. It was pretty powerful.”

The song opens with the line, "'Yawz boi still ride with Kwame."

"I've been living here all my life. We have our ups and downs just like any other major city," Woods told Fox 2.

In reaction to Kilpatrick's sentencing of 18 months to five years in jail, the rapper said: "I was a little surprised by that ... I thought it was kinda steep. My prayers are with him and his family. He admitted to his mistakes. Hopefully we can learn to admit to our mistakes, improve from our mistakes and move forward from them."

The single is off Woods' record "The Secret" which will debut in August.
- By: Jessica Nunez |

"Rapper's pro-Kilpatrick single heats up online"

At least one person is benefiting from former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s sentencing Tuesday.

A rapper from the city’s west side said this morning that he’s seen increased interest in his song that samples from a well-known speech the ex-mayor’s mother, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Detroit), gave about her son’s legal troubles.

Rodney Woods, a.k.a. King Woodz, raps about Kilpatrick’s infamy in “Yawz Boi.”

“She was defending her son; we also support her son,” King Woodz said. “He’s done a lot for the city. That’s failed to be talked about. ...I can’t forget about it, because I saw a lot of positive change. I thought he did a lot for our city. It was pretty powerful.”

The album, “the Secret,” won’t be out until August – and the song won’t be available on iTunes for several weeks, according to King Woodz – but fans and haters are listening to the rap on YouTube in droves.

"'Yawz Boi' still rides with Kwame,’ that’s stating we support Kwame throughout all these so-called issues,” the 31-year-old performer said. “We’re still Kwame’s supporters.”

King Woodz wrote the song a year ago after his friend inspired him.

“My manager said it would be hot if you sampled it,” he recalled. “It ended up working…. I thought it was a pretty powerful message in that rally.”


The Lost World - 1999
The Next BIG Thing - 2005
Bigfellaitis - The Mixtape vol. 1 - 2011
The Secret - Coming Soon




WOODZ \wudz\ n: 1. a. A hard substance, uniquely created, consisting of raw- yet polished emcee and production skills. b. A vocal sniper, constructed solidly with truth, knowledge, business savvy and a reputation to ‘shut em down’. 2 plural; Woodz- prepared for burning with a tongue of fire and building as a Hip-Hop innovator!

Wade through the current murky waters of musical mediocrity and you’ll find a diamond in the ruff. A true gem emerging from within the deep underground trenches of Detroit’s Hip-Hop scene; you’ll find KING WOODZ! In a day when innovation has taken a backseat to redundancy and formulas, Woodz breaks the mold, defying the rules of ‘follow the leader’…He’s copped the position! “My main thing is representing Detroit like it needs to be represented. I’m sincere about this. I need people to know ‘this is Detroit’, this is our culture! So many people have misconceptions about our scene. I want to be a voice. I’m going to paint better picture. I know that I have ‘Bigfellaitis’!”

Zealously, “purists” defend “real” Hip-Hop while scraping the underground scene for inspiration. King Woodz provides that cure! At a time when creativity is at an all time low, Woodz bursts out from the scene packed with heat! “My music is my baby! It’s my child. I can never be separated from it. No matter what happens, it’ll always be a part of me. ‘Bigfellaitis’ says it all. It’s who I am. It’s what you can expect!” The best Hip-Hop comes from the heart. It can inform, inspire, educate, make you dance and sometimes make you scared. It can make you an entrepreneur or make you a star. King Woodz is Hip-Hop! He’s truly one of the best who comes with it all. As you listen to ‘Bigfellaitis', prepare to take a journey toward an instant classic!

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