From The Guy Who Made Caring Cool Again: Protest Music, For Stick-Up Kids.
“Though his mission is serious, AWKWORD’s got a quicksilver wit that permeates most of his tracks… Stay on his good side; it’s a pretty inspiring place to be.” — MTV OurStage
“Awkword’s career is going straight up, so check him out now so you can say you knew him ‘before before.’” — HipHopDX Music Editor Kathy Iandoli
Rapper, Activist and Sociologist AWKWORD is “one of the most impactful and globally active Hip Hop personalities in the game today” (The Hype Magazine) and one of Rap Genius‘s “favorite up-and-comers” — making “quality music that deserves to be heard” (Chuck D of Public Enemy). AWKWORD is also the heart and soul of World View, the first-ever 100% For-Charity Global Hip Hop Album, which The Source has called ”a work of art, embodying true lyrical skill and the empowerment of Hip Hop’s culture.” Sponsored by The DJ Booth (DJBooth) and The Morgan Stanley Foundation, the album is designed to connect us worldwide through Hip Hop culture and rap music. World View features contributions from 35+ producers, representing 16 countries across every continent, and 65+ guest emcees, including Joell Ortiz, Sean Price, Chino XL, KRS-One, Slug (of Atmosphere), Jadakiss, The Kid Daytona, ILL BILL, Jasiri X and REKS. The album is available now at djbooth.it/wrldvw and AWKWORD.bandcamp.com/album/World-View. The bonus disc can be found at djbooth.it/wvbonus and AWKWORD.bandcamp.com/album/World-View-Bonus-Disc.
For AWKWORD, this is nothing new. Today he fights for change through music; his activism began in childhood, with the guidance of his mother (RIP). AWKWORD created his high school’s first (now annual) Diversity Day with the Anti-Defamation League. While earning his Bachelor’s in Sociology from Vassar, he founded the school’s Prison Reform Group, lobbied New York State Congress for the repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws and worked or volunteered at Green Haven maximum-security prison, an alternative-to-incarceration center, a probation office and an at-risk youth center.
From AWKWORD’s World View project, all proceeds are donated to Guns 4 Cameras, a 501c3-registered nonprofit that goes beyond the gun-exchange, working to eradicate street violence through the Hip Hop-inspired education and empowerment of the youth in our communities.
AWKWORD has been featured and/or raved about by top news and progressive sources, the leading Hip Hop sites, major on-demand TV outlets and trendsetting DJs on satellite, FM and the Web, including, but not limited to: The Village Voice, Huffington Post, MSNBC’s The Grio, The Nation, Daily Kos and Mr. Davey D’s Hip Hop And Politics; Complex, Prefix Mag, XXL, The Source, VIBE, Hot 97, MTV, Rap Genius, Vlad TV, Urb, The Fader, AllHipHop, HipHopDX, HotNewHipHop, HipHopSince1987, Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes, The Smoking Section, Okay Player, Hip Hop Wired, Nah Right, 2DopeBoyz and DJBooth; Radio Dispatch with John & Molly Knefel, …ANDYOUDON’TSTOP! Radio with Chuck D of Public Enemy, Hip Hop Nation with Statik Selektah, Halftime Radio with DJ Eclipse, Conspiracy Worldwide Radio (UK), The Emilio Sparks Experience, Israel National Radio and Buzz Asia; and 80+ non-US Web sites across six continents.
“Talent rap right hurrrr…” — VIBE Senior Editor Sarah Polonsky
“Don’t let the stage name fool you — when it comes to rocking the mic… AWKWORD is anything but.” — DJBooth.net