TOMORROW: New VIDEO Premiere: AWKWORD – Throw Away The Key

The long-awaited official music video for AWKWORD‘s critically acclaimed and internationally recognized “Throw Away The Key” premieres tomorrow, Tuesday, August 6, 2013, via RapGenius. The video, along with a recent RapGenius interview with AWKWORD, will be featured on the site’s homepage.

The song — a RapGenius Editor’s Pick (see below) — covers police violence, mass incarceration and other interrelated manifestations of injustice and inequality in America.

The video is sponsored by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Occupy The Hood.

See below for the “Throw Away The Key” movie poster by Italy’s GOODIDEA crew; access to the song’s FREE stream/download, lyrics and 100% for-charity purchase link; detailed song and topical information; and more.




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On July 30, 2012, a couple days before his first birthday without his mother (RIP), AWKWORD released a song close to his heart, “Throw Away The Key”, his first overtly political song in about 18 months, via The DJ Booth.

“Throw Away The Key” is an attack on racism, inequality and the (in)justice system in America, as well as a tribute to the people who live a life in constant defense mode — from the police, from the courts, from the Man.

AWKWORD and “Throw Away The Key” were introduced by the legendary Chuck D of Public Enemy on his international radio show ANDYOUDON’TSTOP; he called the song “quality music that deserves to be heard” from “the one and only AWKWORD“.

Since it’s release via DJ Booth, “Throw Away The Key” has been featured — and critically acclaimed — by the leading Hip Hop sites worldwide, including The Urban Daily, Wendy Day and Rap Coalition, Okay Player, Hip Hop Wired, 2 Dope Boyz, Kevin Nottingham, EARMILK, Go Where Hip Hop and Andreas Hale‘s The Well Versed; major prison (and other progressive) groups such as The Sentencing Project, The Prison Policy Initiative, Prison Reform Movement, and; and leading figures in entertainment and politics, including rap icon Chuck D, actor Isaiah Washington and The Nation publisher Peter Rothberg.

Additionally, “Throw Away The Key” made’s Top 20 Indy Singles chart; landed at number-six on Spellcast Radio’s Top 10 Cuts of the Month list; is on regular rotation on Info Wars affiliate Music Wars Radio; and was featured on buzzing online political talk show Radio Dispatch — during a prisons segment, alongside an exclusive interview with The Nation editor Liliana Segura. (For more information on AWKWORD’s prison song and related writings, interviews and grassroots activism, click here. For a preview of the forthcoming video, click here.)

BONUS: Song lyrics; select song reviews; an interview with AWKWORD on the song and the Prison Industrial Complex; and an editorial by AWKWORD on prisons, injustice and inequality. CLICK.

Click here for a PREVIEW of the “Throw Away The Key” video.