AWKWORD [@AWKWORDrap]
AWKWORD [@AWKWORDrap]

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.]

TRACKLIST

  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.

AWKWORD - I Heart NY

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]

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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 TheBoombox.com, 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”

Lyrics: http://rapgenius.com/Awkword-aaronswartz-lyrics

Originally written for: Hip Hop Renaissance

BUY THE ALBUM: http://AWKWORD.bandcamp.com/album/World-View or http://djbooth.it/wrldvw

Brightside Live Reviews AWKWORD’s World View Album

BrightsideLive.com:

"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.

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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, OneThrone.us and YouHeardThatNew.com 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”

Lyrics: http://rapgenius.com/Awkword-its-not-possible-lyrics

Originally written for: Hip Hop Renaissance

BUY THE ALBUM: http://AWKWORD.bandcamp.com/album/World-View or http://djbooth.it/wrldvw

Pretty Dirt Ball Interviews AWKWORD

Pretty Dirt Ball catches up with AWKWORD to talk about his recent 100% for-charity global Hip Hop album World View, the meaning behind his moniker, collaborations and crossing over to the mainstream…

P.O.B.:

Prettydirtball.com caught up with AWKWORD for a couple of questions and as usual the responses were real and genuine. If you don’t know about AWKWORD's music you should check out his new history making album titled World View.

To read the full interview, CLICK HERE.

HipHopDependency:

World View is the fusion of the human conscious with an emcee’s ability encapsulated inside boom bap rhythms. The power of music is certainly on display… Don’t forsake the power of music.

CLICK HERE for the full writeup.

Chino XL, Perseverance and AWKWORD are Rap Geniuses

AWKWORD ft. Perseverance & Chino XL - “Rap Genius” [prod. by The White Shadow (Norway)]

As the song title suggests, “Rap Genius” is about lyrics. But of course I add my personal style. The White Shadow, one of the executive producers of World View, had verses from Chino XL and the homie Perseverance, so he made an instrumental and hook that serves as more than a backdrop for the aggressive lyrics.

I named the song “Rap Genius” based on the reference early in my verse — and as an homage to industry-leading lyrics site RapGenius.com, which has supported me since day one. (Check out the Outside The Lines interview I did with RG EIC Shawn Setaro.)

“I’m White Ali, Black Jesus, Bad Santa /
36 bees, Rap Genius, can’t stand ya /
Dante, and it’s a cold day in Hell /
Like the New York City streets, something smells /
It’s undisputed, I’m underrated, I’m Raymond Felton /
It’s from the music for when you play it to David Geffin /
They say it’s great in Heaven, it’ll make up for this /
But it was written by people afraid not to exist /
I thought of everything, even slitting my wrists /
Now I use my favorite weapon to awaken you kids”

Originally written for: Hip Hop Renaissance

NYC emcee Awkword released a very interesting project… Despite featuring several producers “World View” clearly has a cohesive sound, and comes off as an homage to the Golden Age of true hip-hop. Be sure to check this one out.
The Lost Tapes (click to read the full writeup)
1 in 5 American Women Gets Raped. AWKWORD Tells Their Stories.

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My wife gets sick hearing this song. In fact, Fafu felt pretty uncomfortable mixing the verses and interweaving the real interviews with rape victims. But that was the point from the beginning. Not to upset those closest to me, but to make a statement with a song that simply could not be sidestepped. Rape — and the treatment of women, in general — is one of those topics swept under the rug in Hip Hop culture and society as a whole, and that needs to change.

As far as I am concerned, there is nothing worse than rape. Murder can be explained, as in the case of avenging a daughter’s death, for example, but rape is inexcusable and devoid of reason. Yet, at least in this country, there are more drug offenders than rapists and perverts in prison for life. Meanwhile, politicians nationwide fight to make it illegal for women to have abortions, even when the pregnancy results from rape. The victims are blamed and excuses are made for the perpetrators.

As a son, as a brother, and as a REAL man, I will never be comfortable as long as women are abused and treated as weaker and lesser beings. While other rappers are getting rich making music that degrades women, I am risking attack for exposing just three of the many ways women are raped in the world today.

“Fifteen years old, and can’t get up off the mattress /
And the bruises, can’t be covered up, by makeup and fashions /
Get yellow, blue and black, for even thinking of slacking /
Do everything I demand, I wanna see love, and passion /
Trying not to cry, tied up in this dungeon /
And if even she could escape, she don’t know how to function”

Lyrics: http://rapgenius.com/Awkword-rape-lyrics

Originally written for: Hip Hop Renaissance

The Great Mixtape (Italy) Interviews AWKWORD

AWKWORD speaks to The Great Mixtape about his 100% for-charity global Hip Hop album, World View, songwriting, future endeavors, the future of our world, and more.

Q: The Great Mixtape:

How do you see the future of children in the U.S. suburbs?

A: AWKWORD:

Across the suburbs, on the farms and in the cities alike, the middle class is shrinking. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Working people are getting screwed. And there is no safety net left for the needy. Surveillance and more violent policing are creating an environment of fear and distrust. And with technology being blasted at us from every direction, we are losing our humanity. The earth is being destroyed by the government and corporations, and we are too busy playing games on our iPads to notice we are eating food fabricated in laboratories and drinking water poisoned with hydrochloric acid. I see many more years of the dulling of the people, followed by a revolution of the oppressed. That’s if we’re lucky, if we learn to stop pointing and shooting guns at each other and ourselves, and save them for defense. My biggest fear is that we do see change, but that change suddenly sounds the same… I recommend reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire and listening to my song “Whose Streets?" (produced by Delegation of Sound).

For more questions and answers, CLICK HERE.

AWKWORD - Whose Streets? (prod. by Delegation of Sound [Netherlands]) {art by Good Idea [Italy]}

This is a must listen! Im not a big fan of political hip hop only because most of it is focused on the message so much that the artist forgets to be an artist & the musical aspect gets lost. You won’t have that issue with ‘World View’. Don’t believe me though — listen & PURCHASE this album for yourself. Support this!
BMW, BrainOfBMW.com (click for the full write up)
AWKWORD, Chaundon and Numonics are Made In America

AWKWORD ft. Chaundon - “Melting Pot (Made In America)” [prod. by Numonics]

This is the result of my (smooth and successful) first collaboration with Chaundon and Numonics, inspired by the American hypocrisy that has haunted me since I was a little boy. We call ourselves a ‘Melting Pot’, yet we are judged by — and experience life differently because of — our economic class, skin color, gender, sexual preference and religion. And, quite noticeably in our ‘great’ nation, some characteristics are far more influential than others: i.e., race and class — the subjects of “Melting Pot”.

What makes this record so special is the way in which Chaundon and I attack the issue from such distinctly different perspectives, highlighting the very inequities that are the subject of the song, as seen in this contrast:

"Used to dream a being a Native American Black Jew / I’ve always been myself, it still sounds like White Guilt” — AWKWORD

"Why put my hand on my heart / For a country that didn’t want me here from the start” — Chaundon

(BTW, it is my honesty and openness, as displayed in this song, which has enabled me to connect with so many artists and fans of all races, classes, religions, etc.)

“I know too many things, it scare a lot of people /

Plus with this white skin, I almost look see-through /

My teachers in high school used to say I was evil /

While all the younger students treated me like a Beatle”

Lyrics: http://rapgenius.com/Awkword-melting-pot-made-in-america-lyrics

Originally written for: Hip Hop Renaissance

The WORLD VIEW Bonus Disc is NOW on Bandcamp, available for FREE Album or Track-by-Track DOWNLOAD.