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Awkword Biography

Last updated: 02/04/2014 07:18:56 PM

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. Sponsored by The DJ Booth (DJBooth) and The Morgan Stanley Foundation, AWKWORD’s “highly anticipated LP World View” (The Source) is designed to connect us worldwide through Hip Hop culture and rap music. World View features contributions from 35+ producers, representing 19 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

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, Mr. Davey D’s Hip Hop And Politics, Complex, XXL, The Source, VIBE, Hot 97, MTV, Rap Genius, Vlad TV, Urb, The Fader, AllHipHop, HipHopDX, HotNewHipHop, Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes, The Smoking Section, Okay Player, Hip Hop Wired, Nah Right, 2DopeBoyz, DJBooth, Lily Mercer (UK), Versos Perfectos (Spain), Ecko Unlimited (Italy), iFame TV, 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, Buzz Asia, etc.