AWKWORD [@AWKWORDrap]
AWKWORD [@AWKWORDrap]
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.

BUY THE ALBUM.

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.

Belgium’s Adramatic Reviews AWKWORD’s World View Album

With TWO SONGS off the album landing on Adramatic.com’s Best of February 2014 List, AWKWORD's World View finally gets the full review treatment from the Belgian Hip Hop site. 

Adramatic: 

In two months or 10 years, people will talk about this album as a source of inspiration and motivation and will be remembered as well beyond a simple Hip Hop album. 

CLICK HERE for the full review.

AWKWORD Breaks Down World View Song ‘Requiem’ feat. Ess Vee

AWKWORD ft. SoulStice, Ess Vee & CuzOH! Black - “Requiem” [prod. by ATG] [add. vox by Jay Daniels (Australia) & Mark Deez]

“Doctor Doctor” is the perfect segue for “Requiem”. On “Doctor Doctor” you hear us wax poetic on our defaults and difficulties, often involving drugs. And on “Requiem” we rap AS the drug. This had never been done before and hasn’t been bitten yet.

I got a lot of verses for this song. I had to make cuts. I think I chose right, as all of the guest emcees own this concept. “Requiem” is one of the least literal songs on the album, and one of my favorites.

“Elusive this lucidness, you float like a butterfly /

And every track mark’s another note of your lullaby /

But you take chances, cause that’s what being a man is /

Plus it’s romantic, when you ask God for answers”

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

Originally written for: Hip Hop Renaissance

The music from rapper Awkword is a reality check. In these times of hyper commercialization of hip hop it is hard to find music that relates to what people experience in the American neighborhoods where the music was born.
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AWKWORD is Sick and Breaks Down… ‘Doctor Doctor’

AWKWORD ft. GuessWho? - “Doctor Doctor” [prod. by MajoR R.E. (Malaysia)]

On this song, GuessWho? and I speak directly to our doctor. We talk about our upbringings and the difficulties of our current personal lives, as well as our hangups and addictions. This song is about more than overeating, drug abuse or too much partying; it’s about mental illness.

I’m known for honesty, and this song is perhaps the best example as I delve into my eccentricities and the intricacies of my world view. I’m also known for my wit and sarcasm, and the indulgent tone that drives this record gives it that needed comically evil twist.

Coincidentally, I haven’t talked to the other emcee on this song in months. It’s perhaps another example of what can result from destructive behaviors.

“Doctor doctor, I think I need some drugs /

All this therapy and still, can’t go to the club /

All these plastic waifs, spilling they cosmos /

And they plastic dates, get pissed like vamos /

You look like Drake, muchacho, cuidado /

I was just tryna peep if they had AWK on Serato”

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

Originally written for: Hip Hop Renaissance