AWKWORD – World View (2014)

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Artist: AWKWORD

Album: World View

Tracklisting:

1. Gas Land (Frack Off) ft. Chaundon [prod. by Numonics] | World View Intro 04:31
2. Throw Away The Key [prod. by L.Ment (Canada)] 05:44
3. Bars & Hooks ft. Sean Price, The Kid Daytona & The Incomparable Shakespeare [prod. by Harry Fraud] 04:48
4. Penny [prod. by Dismas (Romania)] 02:55
5. The People’s Champions ft. Shabaam Sahdeeq, Punchline & Beretta 9 (of Killarmy) [prod. by Harry Fraud] 04:55
6. Got Class? [prod. by Fresh Nerd] 02:16
7. Notorious ft. Wordsmith, Jasiri X, Jus Daze & Capital X [prod. by Amin PaYnE (Australia)] 05:18
8. Doctor Doctor ft. GuessWho? [prod. by MajoR R.E. (Malaysia)] 04:34
9. Requiem ft. SoulStice, Ess Vee & CuzOH! Black [prod. by ATG] [add. vox by Jay Daniels (Australia) & Mark Deez] 04:40
10. Melting Pot (Made In America) ft. Chaundon [prod. by Numonics] 03:57
11. Rape [prod. by Fafu] 02:53
12. Rap Genius ft. Perseverance & Chino XL [prod. by The White Shadow (Norway)] 03:51
13. It’s Not Possible [prod. by Recluse Crew (Finland)] 01:42
14. #AaronSwartz ft. L*A*W [prod. by Steel Tipped Dove] 03:28
15. The World Is Yours ft. Sha Stimuli & Viro The Virus [prod. by Dominant1 (Malawi)] 03:53
16. Imperialism ft. C-Rayz Walz & Reks [prod. by Jonny Lupo (Moldova)] 04:08
17. Radio 2.0 ft. KRS-One, Dug Infinite, Brimstone127 & Mista Lawnge (of Black Sheep) [prod. by Vice Souletric] 04:51
18. Metal Music ft. El Gant, ILL BILL, Tenacity & Blame One [prod. by Tranzformer] 05:09
19. Go! ft. Joell Ortiz, Slug (of Atmosphere) & Maya Azucena [prod. by Domingo] 03:25

Note:

This review for AWKWORD’s World View has been a long time coming.   It’s a long time coming for two reasons:  1) AWKWORD has been working on his magnum opus for well over three years 2)  I took another two months to digest the project in between other releases.  But here we are at the moment of reckoning to determine what makes World View special, or if it’s indeed special at all.

 

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Single You Out: AWKWORD – Gas Land (ft. Chaundon)

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Man, AWKWORD’s album, World View, will finally see the day of light this weekend courtesy of the folks over at DJ Booth.  You can actually stream the nineteen track album right now.  I have heard a multitude of the tracks off the album and they all range from “good” to “excellent”.  He tackles a lot of topics on the project so make sure you put your thinking cap on for this one.  His last single before the album becomes official on Sunday is called, Gas Land, and features future hip hop HOFer, Chaundon.   In particular the two tackle the topic of ‘fracking”.  You can do the knowledge on that HERE.  Meanwhile, enjoy the track.

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Top 50 Songs (2013)

Disclaimer:  It is hard and challenging to pick 50 tracks from the thousands upon thousands that dropped this year.  It is merely an attempt to list my favorite cuts of 2012.  Click the links to listen to the song!  I think it’s a great list.  There were a lot of great songs crafted this year and I know I left off some good ones.  I listened to 5,000+ tracks from 2012 alone this year, so as an artist, if you made this list you know you are on the forefront of my iTunes!

1. Said BeforeGoldini Bagwell

2. Rhyme Of The YearNino Bless

3. BelieversMayday

4. Outlive, Outshine Theo3

5.  WarStryfe and Marc Byrd

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Single You Out: AWKWORD – Penny (prod. by Dismas)

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AWKWORD decides to take a look back at a failed relationship and how he’s changed from that time.  I like the direction that he took here.  He broke away from the boom-bap and political material and crafted something personal.  He’s done that before but it’s been a minute.  Just in case you forgot, he’s got many a style, and you may hear them all if he drops the album World View.

Single You Out: Curtessy – Memory Lane (ft. AWKWORD)

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This track is from a few days ago, but speed has never been the essence of what HHD is about anyway. Curtessy doesn’t just make a play on the Nas Illmatic cut.  It has it’s own identity although they share roughly the same tone and speed.  AWKWORD joins Curtessy for a verse as well.

This track is off of Curtessy & The Milia’s collaborative EP, Look What The Streets Made.

Single You Out: Tha Soloist x Trilian – Words (ft. AWKWORD)

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This cut is coming off of Tha Soloist vs. Trilian: Original Script album. That album is really thirteen tracks of straight dopeness.  On this joint you have our World View (album dropping in 2017.  Cheapshot, I know) compatriot Awkword.   This track has a definite “old school” vibe to it as both the producer and the emcees throw it back a bit.   I also want to mention that Trilian (out of Serbia) has been cranking out some bangers this year.  He has another album with this artist, Rated R, that has superlative production.  Definitely stay connected to what this young man is doing.

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Single You Out: AWKWORD – Before Before (ft. MarQ Spekt, T.Shirt & Kel Spencer) [prod. by King P; cuts by The White Shadow)

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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.

Single You Out: AWKWORD – Doh

 

AWKWORD shot this over to me while I was driving around town and finally had a chance to give it a listen.  It’s definitely impressive.   This is a little different than what I am used to from AWKWORD.   His flow is more laid back and deliberate on this joint and it plays very well over Clementino’s production which has a player piano type vibe going.  This really was not at all what I envisioned the song to sound like based upon the Homer Simpson artwork.   That is deceptive…haha.    This song will be dropping on Dope Music Blog Presents: The Cho$en Few

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