Worldwide Critical Acclaim for AWKWORD ‘Bars & Hooks’ Video
The number-one single off AWKWORD’s forthcoming DJBooth-sponsored World View album, “Bars & Hooks” has been played and downloaded tens of thousands of times since its release December 2011; and two Sundays ago (April 29) The Source Magazine world premiered the official video, directed by Andre Ward of Across the Bridge Productions and featuring the full cast of characters: AWKWORD, Sean Price, The Kid Daytona, The Incomparable Shakespeare and Harry Fraud.
Within a week, the “Bars & Hooks” video had accrued 20,000 plays, thanks in part to great features from the likes of Complex Magazine, Hip Hop Wired, Okay Player, Hip Hop DX, 2 Dope Boyz, Nah Right, You Heard That New, etc. — without a single dollar spent on promotion.
See below for some of the rave reviews, plus a list of top links (a couple sites posted it twice!).
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New York City rapper AWKWORD just released the visuals for his collaboration with Sean Price and The Kid Daytona “Bars & Hooks,” produced by Harry Fraud with The Incomparable Shakespeare on the chorus. These guys are taking it back to the essence of NYC hip-hop with this one. Pay attention.
AWKWORD takes hip-hop back to its essence with this brand new video “Bars & Hooks” featuring Sean Price, The Kid Daytona, and The Incomparable Shakespeare (with Harry Fraud on the beat). The title says it all, what more can you ask for?
Some rugged Hip-Hop for your Monday morning. Awkword drops “Bar & Hooks (Keep It Moving [K.I.M.]),” featuring Sean Price, The Incomparable Shakespeare and The Kid Daytona. Harry Fraud hooks up a beat heavy on flutes and brolic drums. Keep it moving and peep the video for “Bar & Hooks”.
The entire song is called “Bars & Hooks (Keep It Moving [K.I.M.]).” Harry Fraud on the beat, and a bunch of talented emcees on the raps make for one good combination.
Finally… some grimy, boom bap, bully foot East Coast shit. This goes super hard.
AWKWORD, Harry Fraud, Sean Price, and The Kid Daytona are to backpackers what Future, 2 Chainz, Ross & French are to main stream. this collab is huge. and Andre Ward form Across the Bridge Productions brings this Harry Fraud production alive.
“Talking about the jerks in the game, you know who you are.”
AWKWORD brings some of NYC’s most talented emcees together for 4-plus minutes of dope NYC rap on “Bars & Hooks”. The posse cut features Sean Price, The Kid Daytona, and The Incomparable Shakespeare, with production from Harry Fraud. The video is directed by Andre Ward, who does a great job of not over visualizing this straightforward record. Watch it below. Shouts to AWKWORD.
Don’t worry about the lengthy title, just press play. Its about time NY emcees re-take the throne. Can’t go wrong with P! With a song title like “Bars & Hooks” what else you expect. La musica de Harry Fraud.
AWKWORD releases the crazy visuals for the street heater “Bars & Hooks”… Everything is hot bout this track — the cocaine beat by Harry Fraud, the sick verses, and the video just puts it all in perspective.
These guys are doing back the true New York style of the past. [translated.]
Pop Killer (Poland):
Oh yeah, i enjoy that song since its release (December), and finally shot him a video. [translated.]
aik.éqt & fngrprnt (Germany):
The new week starts again more than epic. Rotate your boxes to enjoy the brilliant weather, and to this unspeakably sexy sound! The track can be found on the album “World View” by AWKWORD again and is just one of many other beads. AWKWORD released on Sub City Productions / DJ Booth, and up to mischief in no less a city than the metropolis of New York City Hip Hop. The guy I’ll keep an eye on each case. Until then, enjoy the track and listened to the album purely sometimes! [translated.]
- DJ Bobby Trends (Hot 97)
- The Combat Jack Show
- Dallas Penn
- Nah Right
- You Heard That New
- DJ Booth
- The Well Versed
- Xclusives Zone
- Kevin Nottingham
- Donuts & Milk
- The Tony Grands / Reading & Writing Is For Dumb People / Ear Hustlin
- The Mad Bloggers
- Hip Hop Ruckus
- Its Bizkit
- Ashley Outrageous
- 808 Crate
- Hip Hop Dependency
- Dope Music Blog
- Dork Mustache
- Heavy Mentalist
- Just A Love Thing
- We Goin In
- Eastside Morales
- Rock The Dub
- Refined Hype
- Crayon Beats
- Emilio Sparks
- Above Ground Magazine
- Hip Hop Site – 1 x 2
- Gorilla Leak – 1 x 2
- Good Music All Day
- The Hip Hop Chronicle (England/United Kingdom)
- DJ Loscar (France)
- WHUDAT (Germany)
- KINGSIZE (Norway/Scandinavia)
- Yappari HipHop (Japan)
- Illegal Promo (Portugal)
- Versos Perfectos (Spain)
- Sunete Sub.Sol (Romania)
- Hip-Hop.sk (Slovakia)
- Street Poets (Netherlands)
- Music Kitchen (Lithuania)
- HipHopaholic (Russia)
- Ozarts Etc (Belgium)
- Funky Unk (Mexico)
For more rave reviews, including mad love from Japan and elsewhere in Asia, click here to read the late 2011 write-ups on the “Bars & Hooks” song; and follow @AWKWORDrap on twitter — he reads, responds, retweets, etc.
And if you want to watch AWKWORD on your TV, stay tuned for the next post on AWKWORDrap.com…
AWKWORD’s “Bars & Hooks” — What the Critics are Saying
Produced by Harry Fraud and featuring Sean Price, The Kid Daytona and The Incomparable Shakespeare, AWKWORD‘s “Bars & Hooks“, the latest song off his 100% for-charity global Hip Hop project World View, dropped December 5 to immediate fanfare. The New York City posse cut world premiered on NahRight.com and quickly made its way to HipHopDX.com (5 out of 5 rating!), 2DopeBoyz.com, DJBooth.net (4.1 out of 5 rating!), AshleyOutrageous.com, BuckMarleyXXX.com, RefinedHype.com and many more of the leading Hip Hop sites, as well as Rap Is Outta Control on FM radio and Hip Hop Nation on XM Sirius. Since, the song has made the DJBooth.net Top Indie Hip Hop Singles chart and continued to get radio spins, facebook likes and tweets worldwide.
See below to listen/download/purchase the song and read what the critics have said.
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If you tuned in for AWKWORD‘s first Booth feature, Doctor Doctor, you already know that the Big Apple repper’s all about his Bars & Hooks. On feature numero dos, the latest single off his forthcoming full-length, the emcee recruits a few equally dedicated neighbors—namely Sean Price, The Kid Daytona and The Incomparable Shakespeare—to drop hard-hitting verses over a smooth, flute-laced beat by Harry Fraud. Digging it? Then stay tuned for further details on AWKWORD’s World View LP, set to drop in 2012, with proceeds going to the Aim to Live charity.
It’s all about bars and hooks… AWKWORD is the brain, heart and soul behind World View, a global Hip-Hop project for charity, being released in 2012! Call it a revolution! Backed by the smooth sounds of Harry Fraud, AWKWORD rounds up fellow industry peers in Sean Price and The Kid Daytona for the mission with The Incomparable Shakespeare handling chorus duties!
After introducing himself to RefinedHype Nation with “Doctor, Doctor”, NYC representer AWKWORD is back with some simply dope “Bars & Hooks (Keep It Moving)”. There’s a lot to dig here. The Harry Fraud beat is solidly fundamental and The Incomparable Shakespeare delivers a nice hook, but ultimately this is a rappity rap track, so the real highlights are the rappity raps.
Seriously, I can’t remember the last time three emcees got on a track and all followed the same format – on “Two Words” they didn’t even last two verses – but Sean Price, AWKWORD and The Kid Daytona all come through with a variation of “I ain’t been the same since I ate paint chips” and “excessive e pills give you Christopher Walken mouth.” I’d love to know the story behind that, maybe AWK will fill us in below in the comments (hint, hint).
As a bonus, this is good music for a good cause. All proceeds from this track and AWK’s “World View” album, dropping in 2012, go to global hip-hop charity Aim to Live.
Check out the newest single off World View, AWKWORD’s 100% for-charity global Hip Hop project dropping in 2012. Click here for more info and to purchase/donate.
Bars and hooks have never sounded better… Word to this joint and shouts to all my peoples involved!
Dope beat with hella dope flows. This is TIMELESS. This is REWIND status. And its also for a great cause. SUPPORT! I paid $3 for this single.
Oh, maaaan…this track is hot. I mean look at that title! AWKWORD recruits a few dope emcees such as, Sean Price, The Kid Daytona and Incomparable Shakespeare for “Bars & Hooks”, a track produced by Harry Fraud. “Bars & Hooks” serves as AWKWORD’s newest single off World View, the first 100% for-charity Hip-Hop project.
New AWKWORD Single Hits DJ Booth Indie Music Chart
We’re now at #20… Help us get to #1!
The newest AWKWORD x World View single, “Bars & Hooks (Keep It Moving)“, features guest verses from Sean Price and The Kid Daytona, plus a hook from The Incomparable Shakespeare, over production from Harry Fraud.
As noted here, NahRight.com world premiered the cut a week from today, Monday, December 5, 2011. Since, the song has been featured and raved about by the likes of:
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Nah Right World Premiere: AWKWORD ft. Sean Price, The Kid Daytona & The Incomparable Shakespeare – Bars & Hooks (Keep It Moving) [prod. Harry Fraud]
*** UPDATE *** The song has also now been featured at HipHopDX.com, 2DopeBoyz.com, DJBooth.net (on the top-20 indie music chart!), AshleyOutrageous.com, RefinedHype.com (a great review!), BuckMarleyXXX.com & many more of your favorite Hip Hop sites! STAY TUNED to read what all the top sites are saying!
Check out the newest single off World View, AWKWORD’s 100% for-charity global Hip Hop project dropping in 2012.
Original Single Cover Artwork by Andreis Costa for SweatShop NY.
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Bandcamp – NAME YOUR PRICE — and donate 100% to Aim to Live, the 501c3-registered nonprofit recipient of all AWKWORD World View proceeds:
Clean/Radio Version for the DJs: http://hulkshare.com/h8kw8dlo2wjt
And STAY TUNED for the OFFICIAL VIDEO!