Wordspit

posted September 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM CDT | 17 comments

They say the game is in the name. For up-and-coming Brooklyn emcee Wordspit, this theory holds true. Getting his start in ciphers around town, Wordspit has turned his several years experience of freestyle sessions into a cohesive body of work with his latest mixtape, The Coolest Bboi Stance.

DXnext got the opportunity to catch up with Wordspit, who spoke on  how his live performances are the key to his success, and why when he’s in his own stance, nobody is fuckin’ with him.



First Beginnings:I got into Rap when I first encountered my father’s studio. My pops would be at the studio, and I would freestyle stuff while he recorded me. At 16, that’s when I started taking things more seriously, I started battling and stuff like that. Around 20-21, I started going to open mics and really trying to put myself out there. As far as influences, Canibus [click to read] would definitely be one. I actually had the honor of meeting him recently, and it was crazy. I was shocked. Other influences would be Rakim [click to read], Nas, Kanye West, Pharrell [click to read], and Lupe Fiasco [click to read]. Not all of my influences are from Hip Hop though. I have influences from other genres, like Nirvana.

Growing Up The Brooklyn Way:I grew up around a lot of gangs: Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, and at the time you couldn’t really walk up in another person’s hood. So you had to be aware of your surroundings, especially with Rap. The neighborhoods started to change though, which was a good thing.

Keeping The Crowd Rockin’:When I do a live performance I try to give off a positive energy. And I think people can relate to that, on top of trying to get my message to the people. I want them to understand, I’m not just gonna stand there on stage and rap into a microphone, because anybody can just pick up a mic and start rapping. But not too many people can get on stage and have you experience their view point and where they’re coming from. Part of being a lyricist is to craft your vision with words, and part of being an entertainer is to make those words in your music mix with the crowd, like a collaboration. So, when it comes to my live shows, I want to leave everything on stage so people can feel every emotion I go through. If I’m happy I want you to feel happy, If I’m sad I want you to feel sad, etc, and so far people have felt that. People come to me after shows and they’ll be like, ‘Wow, I really feel where you’re coming from,’ and that’s the greatest feeling in the world to me right now.

The Coolest Bboi Stance: The B-boy stance to me is like, let’s say you’re in a cipher, and whether it’s dancing or rapping or poetry, all these things are competition. So the B-boy stance is that confidence inside where you’re like, ‘nobody’s fuckin’ with me,’ and you’re doing that stance like, ‘I’m the coolest right now,’ so I just put those two together. But looking deeper, The Coolest Bboi Stance is my first real introduction as an artist with a body of songs, and this is my tribute to Hip Hop. At the same time, you can follow along because it’s a story of emcee on his journey throughout his day; it gives you a sense of where I’m coming from.”

Plotting Out The Future:
I don’t want to put out a lot of work in a short time period because at the end of the day a lot of people are doing that. It’s like the era of saturating the market. So right now I’m just trying to sit down and figure out what I want to do musically in the future.

Perseverance: Even if somebody says ‘no, you’re not good enough,’ just keep going, don’t stop, because another opportunity will present itself.

For more information [click here]. To download The Coolest B-Boy Stance [click here].

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