Rave Reviews for AWKWORD World View Song Before Before

I like this track. It feels as though Awkword said to his counterparts, “Define your version of ‘before,'” and each delivered their own interpretation. — HipHopDX

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The one-and-only 2DopeBoyz.com world premiered the latest single off AWKWORD‘s World View project, “Before Before“, on January 28, 2013. The song is produced by King P (of the UK) and features guest verses from MarQ Spekt, T. Shirt and Kel Spencer and a hook with cuts from DJ Graft (of Norway), featuring original vocals from underground OGs Block McCloud and Pace Won.

To stream/download the song — and donate an amount of your choice to our charity recipient — click here.

To read some of the amazing reviewsand show your support by tweeting/liking your favorites — see below.


Hip Hop DX (Kathy Iandoli, Music Editor):

I like this track. It feels as though Awkword said to his counterparts, “Define your version of ‘before,'” and each delivered their own interpretation. Awkword opens with a series of current events from the past decade or so, along with a few hints at his own personal hurdles. MarQ Spekt follows with a different approach, detailing more abstract and cerebral concepts surrounding the meaning of “before.” Then T.Shirt chimes in with his life before the music, who he was, what he did, and how he did it. Finally, Kel Spencer takes a historical approach, highlighting the before way before there even was a before. Get the message? Good. Now listen to the song. Awkword’s career is going straight up, so check him and his brethren out now so you can say you knew them all “before before.”

The Smoking Section:

Awkword is putting his words where it matters.

The Sermon’s Domain:

AWKWORD recruits some friends for this new joint that is serving a nice purpose. “Before Before” has cuts from White Shadow on the hook while the four MCs reflect on times before various things happened such as 9/11, Amy Winehouse’s death, Back To The Future and more. Contribute to a good cause.

Drop The R:

Crazy new track for a great cause. Our homie Awkword brings us this new joint entitled “Before Before”, and on it features MarQ Spekt, T.Shirt and Kel Spencer. Awkword’s been sending us gems since the site was founded a year ago and doesn’t hold back on this single either. With his consistency and raw talent, I can easily see him progressing fast. Shoutout to indie. Enjoy “Before Before”, below, and listen as the 4 emcees compliment each other so hype-fully well.

Kevin Nottingham:

Check the BTTF reference in the song and artwork… dope. Buy the track below… all proceeds go to charity.

The Blast by Digiwaxx:

Remember “before?” Here’s a reminder.

DOPE Music Blog:

Awkword is back with a fresh new record “Before Before” which will be featured on his forthcoming album “World View” (the first album in which 100% of the proceeds will be donated to charity). Awkword recruits a slew of talented artists in Marq Spekt, T.Shirt, & Kel Spencer to rock over the King P produced gem.

Hip Hop Dependency:

AWKWORD is still pushing these World View singles. It’s an album that I have been waiting to purchase as a package for a while but I may have to start compiling these singles one by one.

This track to me is like the hip hop version of Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start The Fire except with a dope beat from King P and dope lyricism from an assortment of dope emcees. This is a great cut that even the most fickle hip hop fan can appreciate.

Streets Connect:

Hip-Hop stand up, we got a heater here.

We Goin In:

AWKWORD and friends take it waaaay back!… New heat from the fam Awkword.

Act Live

Awkword and crew get it in on this joint, letting you know how it was before.

Fashionably Early:

 As you know, Awkword isn’t one to just drop a random track with some stupid lyrics with no common theme.

Solo Vibes Music:

Awkword stays consistent with the heat presents to us. Here is another hot joint.

Emcee Enthusiast:

Dope track with dope artist over dope production for a great cause.

Hiphop In Je Smoel [Netherlands]:

Dope collabo met een goed doel. (Dope collabo with a charity.)

Ghetto Manga:

I was fortunate to be procrastinating on Twitter yesterday when Awkword shared this track Before Before. I like Awkword, who always comes with thought-provoking subject matter in his music, but when I saw the track featured that dude Marq Spekt, it was a no-brainer to peep it. Good thing, too. Cause it’s freaking DOPE!

Fan Art: AWKWORD - Before Before (feat. MarQ Spekt, T.Shirt & Kel Spencer)



“Before Before” has also been featured by a number of other sites across the world, including, but not limited to:

  1. DJ Bobby Trends
  2. Donuts And Milk
  3. The Dope Steez
  4. The Mad Bloggers
  5. Re-Up Spot
  6. Drank And Dank
  7. The Hip Hop Head
  8. Triple HQ
  9. Rap Reviews
  10. The One Mic
  11. Leftover Cake
  12. Dot Got It
  13. Peace! Magazine [Canada]
  14. Versos Perfectos [Spain]
  15. SC Bonkers [Spain]
  16. Solo Beats [Spain]
  17. Noise Sentiment [Russia]
  18. Jazzy and Mellow [Taiwan]
  19. Trackblasters [Germany]
  20. Sunete Sub.Sol [Romania]
  21. Le Hip Hop Sur Ecoute [France]
  22. Bbarak Magazine [Czech Republic]

Major shoutouts to all the sites that have supported the song — and of course to all the artists who contributed and the fans who have listend and loved.

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