the AWKWORD un-ANTHEM, I: Lyrics, Download, Critical Acclaim
I’m the opposite of every guy you’ve ever met…
A week ago, Saturday, September 22, You Heard That New world premiered “I”, the newest single off AWKWORD‘s forthcoming DJBooth-sponsored 100% for-charity global Hip Hop project World View. Also known as the AWKWORD un-ANTHEM, “I” serves as the ideal introduction to the New York City-based rap artist known for his sarcasm and wit.
Since its release, “I” — which features DJ Dyllemma on the 1s and 2s and production from ATG — has been featured by numerous leading Hip Hop sites worldwide, including Hip Hop DX (Play, Rate & Comment!), Kevin Nottingham, Rock The Dub, The Mad Bloggers and Spain’s Versos Perfectos. The lyrics to “I” also made Rap Genius‘s BIG MEMES Weekly Roundup.
For select reviews, lyrics and free stream/download options, see below.
And for those of you who spin AWKWORD’s records on radio or use it in your classrooms and programs with youth, please note that this song is completely clean and TV/Radio/Classroom approved.
Stream via Youtube
“I got a problem with pigs, if they cool, anomaly /
I got a problem with authority, tryna calm me /
I got tossed in jail, for smoking the peace plant /
I got a high five, choking kid under street lamp…”
AWKWORD comes through KN with another Certified fresH single done just right. “I (the AWKWORD un-ANTHEM” is yet another reason I ride with the NY emcee as he opens up and lays himself on the table for fans to dissect. It takes a lot of fucking balls for an artist to just put it all out like this and for that I salute AWKWORD. The emcee releases his inner self on the ill backdrop provided by ATG and featuring the scratching of none other than the always dope DJ Dyllemma. ”I (the AWKWORD un-ANTHEM” is just dope. Period.
Brand new track from Awkword, titled “I”. This Awkword un-anthem song is reflective and insightful, as he raps about his loves and hates–fake friends, women, drugs, politics, music industry, authority, alone time, cigarettes and caffeine, and more–all things that make him who he is or isn’t. Laid-back beat was produced by ATG, with cuts from DJ Dyllemma.
The emcee releases his inner self on the ill backdrop provided by ATG and featuring the scratching of none other than the always dope DJ Dyllemma.
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- Vocals: AWKWORD
- Cuts: DJ Dyllemma
- Production: ATG
- Mix/Master: ATG
- Executive Production: AWKWORD, ATG
- Engineering: ATG
- Cover Art: GOODIDEAstyle (Italy)
New Music: the AWKWORD un-ANTHEM ‘I’ – via YouHeardThatNew
Earlier today, Saturday, September 22, tastemaking Hip Hop site YouHeardThatNew world premiered the AWKWORD un-ANTHEM “I“, produced by frequent collaborator ATG and featuring rising turntablist DJ Dyllemma.
(LYRICS coming SOON via RapGenius.com!)
Click HERE to view, listen and download FREE.
Cover art by Italy‘s GOODIDEAstyle.
5 Tips For Fostering Change: AWKWORD Interview x Freestyle
“An artist that actually presents value in his music… AWKWORD, a New York based emcee, is an activist! AWKWORD music is based on the presentation of a message. You, the audience, will get acquainted with his artistry and his activism.” — Praverb.net
In the interview, AWK speaks on a range of topics, from his activism and 100% for-charity project World View to his rapping style, from his relationship with religion to the experience of recording the song and video “Bars & Hooks” with Harry Fraud, Sean Price and The Kid Daytona.
See below for interview snippets and the link for:
- The Full Interview — with AWKWORD’s “5 Tips Towards Fostering Social Change In The Community”
- A Free Stream & Download of AWKWORD’s Exclusive Freestyle for Praverb.net
“This Rhyme Perspective interview is exceptional because it sheds light on an artist that actually presents value in his music… By the end of this interview you will also gain some important tips on how you can foster change in your commmunity. The homie AWKWORD even blessed Praverb.net with an exclusive Freestyle.” — Praverb.net
Hip-hop and religion are two terms that are not really synonymous with each other. How do you balance your beliefs with your quest to succeed as a hip-hop artist.
I’m Jewish by blood and by culture, but not by daily routine or strict adherence. I am proud to be a Jew, proud of our ability to survive thousands of years of persecution. And unlike many of our society’s more highly educated people, I am certainly not against religion. I understand the hope religion offers people who need it; but I do fear for the people who pray first, ask questions and consider other options later…
In terms of how all this impacts my music, I don’t really get into the specifics of my beliefs in my songs. In some, I drop quick one-liner references. I do also have a couple ‘Jewish songs’: one that appeared on my solo album See the Light, the other which has not been completed and is slated for my upcoming 100% for-charity LP World
But here’s the interesting (and disappointing) thing about this second song…
You are an artist that has benefited from building and maintaining relationships with the new taste makers (blogs and websites).
Include the college and indie radio DJs and, in today’s world, there simply is no other way to reach the masses. Performing is big business, but not if nobody has heard of you. And there are way too many rappers in every high school and on every street corner for the fans to know what to do, so the blogs (ideally, at least) filter the music, cut the untalented and unoriginal, and give the fans (hopefully) what they deserve.
“Bars & Hooks” is an exceptional rap song that features yourself, Sean Price, Harry Fraud, and The Kid Daytona. The video has close to 40,000 view and it has allowed your brand to pick up steam. Describe the joy of working with Sean Price, Harry Fraud, and The Kid Daytona.
To use your wording, there is joy in making good music, period. Of course, I am pleased with how the “Bars & Hooks” song and video came out, as well as the incredible response they’ve each received. (Apologies for the delayed response to your interview questions.)
The video is now at well past 75,000 views on youtube alone and is probably closer to around 100,000. There is joy in knowing my music has been heard by all those people, but…
FULL INTERVIEW / 5 TIPS FOR COMMUNITY CHANGE / FREESTYLE (AUDIO)
AWKWORD, Rickie Jacobs, more on RTD #onlybuilt4hulksharelinx
This project has been a thing of comedy. It should’ve been out before 2012 even hit, but I was looking for either proper versions of tracks or promised jawns. Had to let this one go – the idea was too good. I broke the (skewed) science behind the title in the liner notes, and won’t go into it all here. Featured artists include Rhymageddon, Mr. Fickle, Rickie Jacobs, AWKWORD, BURNTmd, Touchphonics, Daniel Joseph, Dutch New York and more. A hair under 45 minutes or so. Fucked up part is, hulkshare wasn’t letting me upload a .zip (or a .rar!) to their site, so the punchline got merked. Sharebeast, thank you.
- Rhymageddon – Suck-A-Clip (prod. Edobeci)
- Rickie Jacobs ft. Arctic – Gift x Curse (prod. Brainiac Beats)
- Mr. Fickle ft. Fel Sweetenberg – No Apologies (prod. !llmind)
- AWKWORD ft. GuessWho? – Doctor Doctor (prod. Major R.E. [Malaysia])
- Dutch New York – I Don’t Know Y’all (prod. Broadway)
- BURNTmd ft. Main Flow & DJ Grazzhoppa – Brain Tumors Part 2 (prod. Simmer)
- Superlinks – Baraka O’Baman
- Grey Granite & 90lbs – Critical Mass
- Nato Caliph ft. Prince Ea & Sadat X – Identity Crisis (prod. STLLegend)
- Chels – HIIIPOWER (Chels’ Account)
- Touchponics ft. The Ragga Twins – Ragga Style
- KRK! & Daniel Joseph – Right To Be Ill (prod. KRK!)
Click here to download the full compilation.
Click here for Rock The Dub’s review/post of AWKWORD’s World View record “Doctor Doctor”.
New Single Cover Art for REQUIEM from SweatShop NY
#Requiem THIS week…
New Single Cover Art by Andreis Costa for SweatShop NY.
AWKWORD Soundcloud followers [click here, then click the 'follow' button] can hear “Requiem” NOW:
AWKWORD, Roc Marciano, more on Distrito Apache [Spain]
Sucesión de temas candentes, con Asher Roth, Venomous 2000, Nickelus F, Will Brennan, Rymz, Kap Kallous, Awkword, Brown Bag AllStars, Rockin’ Squat & Mac Tyer, Union & Roc Marciano, Redman & Ready Roc, Ras Kass & Doc Hollywood, Akrobatik…
Click here to download the podcast.
AWKWORD, Jadakiss, J. Cole and more on TrackBlasters Radio
The week of Feburary 27, on Germany’s TrackBlasters Radio, DJ PR mixes 17 of the hottest and newest Hip Hop records coming out of America, featuring Fabolous, Jadakiss, Joe Budden, Mobb Deep, J. Cole, Sean Born, Kaimbr, Hassaan Mackey, AWKWORD and many others.
Click here to hear and download DJ PR’s entire show.
- 50 Cent ft. Tony Yayo – I Just Wanna
- Too Short ft. 50 Cent – I’m A Stop
- Teyana Taylor ft. Fabolous & Jadakiss – D.U.I.
- The-Dream ft. Casha – Kill The Lights
- Usher ft. Joe Budden – Climax (Remix)
- Drake ft. Rihanna – Take Care
- Drake – Practice
- Estelle ft. Busta Rhymes – Thank You (Remix)
- Prodigy ft. Havoc & Estelle – Getting Closer
- AWKWORD – Thank You (A Tribute To My Mommy)
- Sean Born ft. Kaimbr, Toine (of DTMD) & Hassaan Mackey – 12 12
- Swerve & SYG – Stress
- Swerve & SYG – Growin’ Up
- J. Cole – Grew Up Fast
- Hodgy Beats – Higashi Loves You
Switzerland’s Vinyl Digger Joins World View Movement
It’s in the name itself: World View is all about the global connections we make through Hip Hop music x culture. So, it should come as no surprise that we considered every continent when looking for the person/team to mix & master this important project. We went no further than Switzerland’s Vinyl Digger.
scratchin, blendin, cuttin, jugglin. remember hot 90s mixtapes? dats how i do!
And it doesn’t hurt that Vinyl Digger has the co-sign of two trustworthy World View participants, emcee Tenacity and Brown Bag AllStar-affiliate producer Tranzformer, each of whom describe Vinyl Digger as, simply, “dope”.
AWKWORD Talks Music, Politics & Death with HipHopDependency
AWKWORD has a lot on his mind these days. He has been very busy pushing his music from the forthcoming album, World View. He has released single after single building the buzz for his 100% for charity project, letting us know, it’s not all about the Benjamins.
AWKWORD is a social advocate and a musician. With each release he puts out it becomes more and more apparent that his name deserves to be recognized for the talent he possesses. But more than that, Awkword is a son, a son who lost his mother earlier this year. He talks below about the special relationship he shared with his mother and his music. Enjoy…
Click here to read the full conversation.
AWKWORD, Reks, The Kid Daytona, more on TrackBlasters Radio
The week of Feburary 19, on Germany’s TrackBlasters Radio, DJ PR mixes 17 of the hottest and newest Hip Hop records coming out of America, produced by the likes of DJ Premier, Statik Seletkah, Damu The Fudgemunk and Vice Souletric. Emcee features include The Kid Daytona, KRS-One, MF DOOM, Action Bronson, Brother Ali, ScHoolBoy Q, Stalley, Dom Kennedy, Apathy, Curren$y, Nas and AWKWORD.
Click here to hear and download DJ PR’s entire show.
- Reks – Autographs
- J. Cole – Grew Up Fast
- AWKWORD ft. KRS-One, Dug Infinite & Brimstone127 – Radio 2.0 (prod. Vice Souletric)
- Action Bronson & Statik Selektah – The Rainmaker
- Erick Sermon ft. Sheek Louch – Dodge This
- DJ Premier ft. Apathy & Nas – Regeneration (Remix)
- Union ft. DOOM – Coco Mango (Damu The Fudgemunk Remix)
- Prodigy – That’s Nasty
- Prodigy – Look In My Life
- Brother Ali ft. Aby Wolf – Haunted Housebroken
- Common – Gold
- Common – Windows
- Swerve & SYG – She’s Gone
- The Kid Daytona – Angela’s Sister
- 38 Special ft. Sean Hayes – Gone
- ScHoolBoy Q ft. Dom Kennedy & Curren$y – Groovline Pt. 1
- Stalley – Mind Made Up
[For additional production credits, we recommend DJ Booth.]
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