When HotNewHipHop.comfeaturedAWKWORD's hit World View single “Bars & Hooks" (w/ Sean Price, The Kid Daytona & The Incomparable Shakespeare) [prod. by Harry Fraud] a week ago today, April 2, 2013, the site’s affiliate GotBars.com also featured — for the first time ever — the full lyrics to the song.
Click HERE to access — and comment on — the lyrics.
Off the forthcoming compilation Dope Music Blog Presents: The Cho$en Few.
"I just felt like going free association with it. I wanted it to be notably different from the type of music I am known for making… It starts out inspired by all the times spent in Harry Fraud’s smoked-out studios and then just unravels from there." — AWKWORD, on DOH, from his 10/10/12 Artist Spotlight interview with Dope Music Blog
I was first introduced to New York City up and comer Awkword from his Harry Fraud produced hit Bars and Hooks which features Sean Price, The Kid Daytona and The Incomparable Shakespeare. His underground style instantly caught my attention, after listening to a few more of his tracks I was drawn to his conscious lyrics and the message that was present in a majority of his songs. I decided I wanted to get all the visitors of the site more familiar with Awkword not only as an artist but as a person.
Introduce yourself to the Dope Music Blog viewers.
I was very much a fan of Bars & Hooks which featured Sean Price, The Kid Daytona and production by Harry Fraud. How did this collaboration come together?
I respect your design to donate 100% of the profits from the project to the World View Charity Aim To Live which is dedicated to eradicating street violence. What made you decide to do this?
What is your favorite track off your upcoming project World View?
Who are some of your current influences?
Name a couple of artists that you would enjoy working with in the future.
Tell us a little about “Doh” the exclusive you sent over for my upcoming compilation tape.
For AWKWORD’s responses (the full conversation), click HERE.
"NYC has really stepped up these past couple years [with] the emergence of dope artists/producers such as A$AP Rocky (& his Mob), Action Bronson, Maffew Ragazino, Harry Fraud, AWKWORD, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, OnCue, T. Shirt, Vinny Cha$e…" — DOPE Music Blog, April 2012
Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 9, 2012, watch the new AWKWORD video “Bars & Hooks” [w/ Sean Price, The Kid Daytona, Harry Fraud & The Incomparable Shakespeare] on your television via iFame TV on ROKU nationwide [available now in 3 million households] at 10pm EST, or log on to www.ifametv.com.
And if you’re going to miss it, don’t worry — the video will be available on Roku for a few weeks. Just check “This Week’s Features” or the “Music Video” section.
To read the critics’ rave reviews about the “Bars & Hooks” video, click here!
Within a week, the “Bars & Hooks” video had accrued 20,000 plays, thanks in part to great features from the likes of Complex Magazine, Hip Hop Wired, Okay Player, Hip Hop DX, 2 Dope Boyz, Nah Right, You Heard That New, etc. — without a single dollar spent on promotion.
See below for some of the rave reviews, plus a list of top links (a couple sites posted it twice!).
And feel free to click the links to vote-up or comment on the video/song. They take notice. And we appreciate.
New York City rapper AWKWORD just released the visuals for his collaboration with Sean Price and The Kid Daytona “Bars & Hooks,” produced by Harry Fraud with The Incomparable Shakespeare on the chorus. These guys are taking it back to the essence of NYC hip-hop with this one. Pay attention.
AWKWORD takes hip-hop back to its essence with this brand new video “Bars & Hooks” featuring Sean Price, The Kid Daytona, and The Incomparable Shakespeare (with Harry Fraud on the beat). The title says it all, what more can you ask for?
Some rugged Hip-Hop for your Monday morning. Awkword drops “Bar & Hooks (Keep It Moving [K.I.M.]),” featuring Sean Price, The Incomparable Shakespeare and The Kid Daytona. Harry Fraud hooks up a beat heavy on flutes and brolic drums. Keep it moving and peep the video for “Bar & Hooks”.
AWKWORD, Harry Fraud, Sean Price, and The Kid Daytona are to backpackers what Future, 2 Chainz, Ross & French are to main stream. this collab is huge. and Andre Ward form Across the Bridge Productions brings this Harry Fraud production alive.
“Talking about the jerks in the game, you know who you are.”
AWKWORD brings some of NYC’s most talented emcees together for 4-plus minutes of dope NYC rap on “Bars & Hooks”. The posse cut features Sean Price, The Kid Daytona, and The Incomparable Shakespeare, with production from Harry Fraud. The video is directed by Andre Ward, who does a great job of not over visualizing this straightforward record. Watch it below. Shouts to AWKWORD.
Don’t worry about the lengthy title, just press play. Its about time NY emcees re-take the throne. Can’t go wrong with P! With a song title like “Bars & Hooks” what else you expect. La musica de Harry Fraud.
AWKWORD releases the crazy visuals for the street heater “Bars & Hooks”… Everything is hot bout this track — the cocaine beat by Harry Fraud, the sick verses, and the video just puts it all in perspective.
The new week starts again more than epic. Rotate your boxes to enjoy the brilliant weather, and to this unspeakably sexy sound! The track can be found on the album “World View” by AWKWORD again and is just one of many other beads. AWKWORD released on Sub City Productions / DJ Booth, and up to mischief in no less a city than the metropolis of New York City Hip Hop. The guy I’ll keep an eye on each case. Until then, enjoy the track and listened to the album purely sometimes! [translated.]
"Bars & Hooks" appears on AWKWORD’s World View LP, the first-ever 100% for-charity global Hip Hop project. This new New York City grime anthem is produced by Mr. Shot Caller himself, Harry Fraud, and features verses from Brownsville’s Sean Price and The Kid Daytona, from uptown, with a hook from The Incomparable Shakespeare.
The first single from AWKWORD’s World View, which is the first hip-hop project where all proceeds will be going to charity. You can purchase the single right here.
100% of the proceeds from World View will be donated to Guns 4 Cameras (G4C) (a.k.a. Aim to Live), a 501c3-registered nonprofit dedicated to eradicating street violence through the Hip Hop-inspired education and empowerment of our urban youth.
Real New York, through the lens of a real New Yorker, that’s basically Mazzi in a nutshell. All the things that there is to love and hate about the Big Apple he embodies. The relentless struggle to make it in whatever it is that you do, Mazzi done did the damn thing the independent route showing and proving speaking on issues sissies are scared to touch. It’s not all nose to the grindstone though, because his compassion for his fellow city slickers (and tourists) comes through in all forms from his Walking Blog video series to his ode to females (“Swimmin’ In It”) using Biggie’s “tongue all down her throat” line from “One More Chance.” For his new album, The Inspection, he’s in an empire state of mind. Cue A. Keys.
Before the OFFICIAL “Bars & Hooks” mini-film drops, get a sneak peak with this Behind-The-Scenes (BTS) slideshow/video + audio.
Featuring: Sean Price, The Kid Daytona & The Incomparable Shakespeare (hook)
Production: Harry Fraud
Album: World View
Video Director: Andre Ward for Across the Bridge Productions
Executive Producer: R.F. Howland
A NahRight.com Exclusive World Premiere! Also played on Rap Is Outta Control, Hip Hop Nation Sirius XM and Buzz Asia, as well as featured by Hip Hop DX, 2 Dope Boyz, DJ Booth, Earmilk, Above Ground Magazine, HipHopMusicDotCom, Ashley Outrageous, Refined Hype & many more of your favorite Hip Hop sites!