AWKWORD Performs Live at Southpaw Brooklyn (RIP)

World View Rapper AWKWORD recently called into DJ Chris G's chart-topping Straight From The Underground (SFTU) podcast for an exclusive interview with Chris on just about everything, including music, society and his personal life.

From the interview, DJ Chris G:

It’s my pleasure, finally… Anybody out there that’s been saying, ‘Yo Chris, you haven’t been doing interviews, you haven’t done any interviews with any national artists,’ this is why, OK, ‘cause I wanted to make sure that I got him first. The first artist i wanted to interview this year was: AWKWORD… I would like to credit you with one of the reasons why my show has blown up worldwide…

CLICK HERE to listen to the FULL INTERVIEW — and HEAR LOTS of NEW MUSIC, selected by the SFTU team. [See below for the show tracklist.]

Important: To listen to the INTERVIEW ONLY, FAST FORWARDto the 41:17 mark.]


  1. Chris G - Intro
  2. Locksmith / RA The Rugged Man - House Of Games
  3. DJ Jean Maron / KRS-One - True School
  4. Drake - Draft Day
  5. M-R-Dot - Love Is A Crazy Thing
  6. Wu-Tang Clan / Nathaniel - Keep Watch
  7. Namaste - Farewell To The Ethics
  8. Nino Bless / Cambatta / Ness Lee - Gratified Portrait
  9. Kincee / B Scotton - Zally
  10. ELMNT - Uncle Phil
  11. Shabaam Sahdeeq - Tranquilo
  12. Blast Blicka / Upstate Original / PA Knit - Cali
  13. Awkword / Sha Stimuli / Viro The Virus - The World Is Yours Official Remix
  14. Awkword Phone In Interview
  15. Awkword / AWOL One / Bisco Smith / brokeMC - Rainy Daze Pt 2
  16. Wais P & Statik Selektah - Nasty
  17. Blu - The West
  18. Termanology / Ea$y Money / Reks / SuperSTah Snuk - Pages From The Pavement
  19. Planet Asia - The Barbarian
  20. Passport Gift / Crooked I / Skyzoo / Tito Lopez - Turn Em On
  21. C-Lo Dubai / Ty / Mr Wilson - Never Gonna Say Goodbye
  22. SunNY - Insight
  23. Brown Bag AllStars / Davenport Grimes - The Winter
  24. MC Melodee - Ice Cold
  25. Cassidy - Remember ( N*gga We Made It)
  26. DJ Semi & Nas / J Cole - The Definition
  27. G-Nome The Rogue Clone - Prevail
  28. Awkword / Jadakiss / Mazzi / Vast Aire / Punchline - New York Minute World View Remix
  29. Supastition - Eardrum
  30. APeriod - The Crown Is Mine
  31. State Property - Reputation
  32. DJ Kay Slay / French Montana / Rico Love / Gooney / Sheek Louch / Styles P - Keep Calm Remix
  33. Reks - Hit And Run
  34. Outro


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UK's AllThatDopeShit Interviews AWKWORD

Earlier this month, the UK’s AllThatDopeShit sat down with AWKWORD to discuss his start in rap; the music industry, the underground scene and TV talent competitions; his hat collection and must-have album; his ideal collaborations; and more.

Sample Q&A:

5. How have you ended up in the music industry?

I’m NOT in the music industry. I am a DIY solo artist, who represents himself and pays no one to help him make moves. Everything I’ve built, I’ve built myself, organically, painstakingly, slowly. But steady wins the race, and the supporters I have are die hard. I see y’all as family. Further, I NEVER want to END UP anywhere. I chose my path, and it’s atypical. I don’t do this to make a living, I make more ‘blind’ contributions than public appearances. I make audio art and hope the people like it, that’s it.

FULL Interview:

Click HERE.


It’s finally here… I told ya’ll we’re going to flip the game upside down. No more of that corporate oppression, we’re going to expose all that.
ItzDaDiabolical, on World View (click to read the whole writeup; buy the album)
AWKWORD, Aaron Swartz, and Suicide

Grassroots Suicide Prevention presents: AWKWORD ft. L*A*W - “#AaronSwartz” [prod. by Steel Tipped Dove]


With “#AaronSwartz”, as the title suggests, I was inspired by the internet activist Aaron Swartz. Aaron created Reddit and invented RSS. His life became a meme. He was the target of American government persecution resulting from his sharing of (incriminating) public documents. And he committed suicide. Some say he was murdered, and it’s possible. Anything is. Some say he killed himself because he was depressed. But his life partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, an internet friend of mine, states that Aaron did choose to end his life, but not because he was depressed.

For me, the story of yet another transformative figure finishing him/herself off was enough to get me started. I have been known to reference the number 27 and the deaths of Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and my childhood friend, artist and skateboarder Jesse Swartout. And I am all too familiar with suicide. I have known a number of good people who chose to forgo living because they couldn’t handle this life. And I too have struggled to get out of bed. My family, friends and fans know I take drugs to keep me stable.
However, as with all my philosophies and everything I create, there are nuances (“In Japan they call it falling on your sword”) . After listening to this song, I’m not sure the listener knows where I stand on taking one’s own life. I’m not sure that I know. Up-and-comer Steel Tipped Dove provided the right backdrop for a song like this, and the homie L*A*W came through with a scene-stealing hook and some guitar to enhance the music.
As stated in the song review on, suicide is Hip Hop’s elephant in the room, personalized by the recent deaths of Pro Era’s Capital Steez and TI affiliate Freddy E.
My mission with this record is to help people realize that there are others like them, that there is nothing wrong with their feelings, and that there are people who can help them. It is also to correct the public’s misperceptions about suicide and depression, and make it OK to talk about these topics in rap.
I worked with the UK’s Grassroots Suicide Prevention organization to release this song, as I did with the “Throw Away The Key” video, connecting with the New York Civil Liberties Union and Occupy The Hood. This is an example of one of those records that is, as my homie Nathan at RefinedHype would say, bigger than Hip Hop.
“Take it from the horse’s mouth, man I’ve been miserable /
Everybody say you great, I felt pitiful /
Perfectionist or negative, whatever you call it /
It’s the feeling that, everything you touch, you spoil it”


Originally written for: Hip Hop Renaissance



AWKWORD @AwkwordRap - BRIGHTER #KeyB2Lock #Awkword #GoodIdea
Awkword is wasting no time in 2014. He liberates a new track from Italian art crew, Good Idea mixtape…


AWKWORD @AwkwordRap - BRIGHTER #KeyB2Lock #Awkword #GoodIdea

Awkword is wasting no time in 2014. He liberates a new track from Italian art crew, Good Idea mixtape…

AWKWORD - “Brighter”


#SOUNDBITES @AWKWORDrap - “Brighter”

AWKWORD keeps the good music coming with the release of “Brighter.” AWKWORD continues to shows us original flow and story-telling style and how good his lyricism is. Tune in.

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[Listen] AWKWORD (@AWKWORDrap) - “Brighter” #Getmybuzzup
AWKWORD – “Brighter” By Amber B One of only a very few non-album releases from AWKWORD for the rest of 2014, this one off the forthcoming Classic Corny Shit mixtape from Italian art crew — and World View art directors — Good Idea. (Song produced by Good Idea affiliate Pitus, als…
#AWKWORD, #Music

[Listen] AWKWORD (@AWKWORDrap) - “Brighter” #Getmybuzzup

AWKWORD – “Brighter” By Amber B One of only a very few non-album releases from AWKWORD for the rest of 2014, this one off the forthcoming Classic Corny Shit mixtape from Italian art crew — and World View art directors — Good Idea. (Song produced by Good Idea affiliate Pitus, als…

#AWKWORD, #Music

Assholes. Post-Racial AmeriKKKa. #KKK #race #racism #hate #hategroups #assholeoftheday

Assholes. Post-Racial AmeriKKKa. #KKK #race #racism #hate #hategroups #assholeoftheday

AWKWORD - Brighter [prod. by Pitus (Italy) - off the Good Idea mixtape

An World Premiere. One of only a very few non-album releases from AWKWORD for the rest of 2014, this one off the forthcoming Classic Corny Shit mixtape from Italian art crew — and World View art directors — Good Idea. (Song produced by Good Idea affiliate Pitus, also of Italy.)

"Tonight we are young, let’s set the world on fire /
Brighter, kingdom come among this world of liars /

Tonight we are young let’s set the world aflame / 
Brighter, kingdom come we break free of these chains.”

CLICK HERE to read the HHS1987 writeup, as well as stream and download the song, FREE.

VRS Mag (UK) Interviews AWKWORD

Versus (VRS), a quarterly British magazine and blog dedicated to the best in the world of music, tech and design, recently sat down with Hip Hop artist and activist AWKWORD for a brief Q&A. They discussed  a variety of topics, including AWKWORD’s Chuck D cosign, the comparisons between AWKWORD and Slug and Macklemore, the impact of AWKWORD’s mother on the artist’s mindset, the importance of The Beatles, and the stand-out stories from the making of AWKWORD’s historical album, World View, on sale now via The DJ Booth as well as the artist’s bandcamp.

AWKWORD says: 

Although some of the interview has been paraphrased from a lengthy conversation with VRS, I do think overall I am not only accurately represented but offered another global venue to share an approved version of my story. VRS asked some questions I have never been asked before, so this is definitely worth the short read. I greatly appreciate their — and your — support.


CLICK HERE to BUY THE ALBUM — and Donate 100% of the Proceeds to At-Risk Youth.



RAPE #WorldView

RAPE #WorldView

GOT CLASS? #WorldView

GOT CLASS? #WorldView

Brightside Live Reviews AWKWORD’s World View Album

"The album offers 19 killer tracks, including a variety of huge collaborations… It’s really inspiring to see such hard work and dedication to the hip-hop genre… This guy’s career is long from finished."

For the full review, click here.


AWKWORD on World View Collab with Finland’s Recluse Crew

AWKWORD - “It’s Not Possible” [prod. by Recluse Crew (Finland)]

Finland’s Recluse Crew submitted a remix for the original World View contest… and didn’t win. But their effort put them on my radar, and the minor setback didn’t stop them in their tracks. We maintained contact, exchanging beats and verses without, until recently, landing on an official World View collaboration befitting the album.

I actually pulled a fast one and, in the footsteps of early Eminem, released this album track first as a freestyle to coincide with my interview with Drew Evans, and journalist. I called it “One Throne” then, but “It’s Not Possible” works better.

“Mr. Passion and praxis til AWK trapped in the casket /
25/8 so they call me white rapid /
The smoothest, I’m Jimmy Connors with the racket /
I’m ruthless, I’m Jimmy Conway with the racket”


Originally written for: Hip Hop Renaissance