Breeding Ground: Wordspit
The name says a lot and his appearance isn't mute either. But, Wordspit assures all that you cannot judge a rap artist by his garb no more than you can judge a book based on the cover. He's an interesting emcee. There are times where you may see WS with' two French braids or dubi wrap, but he is also very beastly on the mic. Raised and bred in Brooklyn, manages to come from a totally different angle than other overtly street artists. Wordspit comes in vivid color, a young spitter since third grade. This is one rapper vying to soar as far as his imagination has already taken him.
AllHipHop.com: Why should the over crowded landscape of Hip-Hop care about Wordspit?
Wordspit: They should care about WordSpit because I give you the sound track of your life. Even though I have my aggressive moments, you can relate to me. Everyone is not a killer, a drug dealer, or rich and famous. Even if you are, we're still real people, that do real things. I feel the music I create, cater's towards that. It cater's to the drug dealer that secretly loves comic books, the geeky kid that feels rebellious , the individual that feels no one understands or care's, can listen to my music and find a sense of comfort. That why people should care about Wordspit! We The ILLEst!
AllHipHop.com: Speak on your style a bit?
Wordspit: I feel my style is like water formless - to be said in a Bruce Lee voice able to take shape around different situations. From many of the video's submerged on the net, you would think, I'm is just another freestyle rapper. "Can he make a song?" Then you can listen to a song and be like, ok, he can make songs. "Can he perform?" Then you see me perform and you get the general consensus of who WordSpit is. I would like to think, that I'm a versatile artist that can take you from grudge heavy metal hop anthems like Chop Suey, to back pack, pop inspired songs such as Poet's Haiku, to emotionally invoked ballets via "R.I.P." (From the EP "The Coolest B-Boi Stance"). What ever style I flip, I will try to give it to you the ILLest way possible.
AllHipHop.com: Have you been told you sound a bit like the late, Big L?
Wordspit: Yeah, I tend to get Big L a lot. I take it as a cool compliment. He is a f**king legend. Even though we vary in styles, we share similar voices and an "I'm-not-to-be-fucked-with" delivery people like. R.I.P to the late, great Big L.
AllHipHop.com: Where do you feel you fit into Hip-Hop?
Wordspit: May be a bit cliche, but I feel fit in with other artist such as Kanye, Lupe, Pharrell, Nas, Jay Z. People that hold true to being an artist and want to see the culture progress.
AllHipHop.com: How do you feel entering the rap game as it seems like the whole music industry is crumbling from a business point of view. How do you plan to tackle it?
Wordspit: When I look at CoCa Cola I don't only see soda. I see different investments that all leads back to one brand. WordSpit is a brand. So I live life to The illest and that lives beyond the music. Many of my supporter's become my friends. We hang, we go to parties, we have movie night. We The illest! We really connect outside of me performing and promoting my music(which matters). WordSpit is a brand. With future opportunities, I would like to incorporate the same guidelines in my blue print. The most successful artist find creative ways to give themselves to you. Whether it's t-shirt or button, the brand live's outside of music.
AllHipHop.com: Others like you are representing Hip-Hop fully from a New York point of view, even though only a few new NY rappers are really pushing it these days. How are you going to deal with this?
Wordspit: I represent Hip Hop from more than a New York point of view, still I know it's about more than repping your hood. Knowing that I need to connect with the kid in Ohio who never heard of WordSpit, gives me the extra push. I try not to get complacent with what im doing. I'm always thinking about what's next. Figuring out how can I use this to get a placement in something else is vital to me and my team's thought process - shout out to David J. Hamilton. It's all about progression and capitalizing off every opportunity.
AllHipHop.com: A lot has been made over how you style your hair. Care to explain?
Wordspit: Since rap is built off a homophobic premiss, everyone expects you to follow the guidelines already set. It's absurd to see a straight male styling his hair in more then just braids. I get a lot of good and bad comments, but at the end of the day, you have to be comfortable with who you are. I know who I am and what I represent - whether in wraps or rollers - love it or hate it.
AllHipHop.com: You seem to have elements of the old and the new. Think lyrical skills and skinny jeans (laughs). How do you expect this to play out for fans or would-be fans?
Wordspit: I'm not wearing skinny jeans everyday! I got to let em breath sometime! (laughs). With that said, yea, I am in to fashion, but that doesn't dictate who Wordspit is. Honestly, I think the younger generation emphasizes too much on what an artist wear's instead of if the artist is good or not. While the older generation focuses more on lyrical content, but sometimes can't get past an artist dress code. Off Jump, I think, the older generation will like me because I hold true to having lyrical content in my music, while the younger generation well fuck with me because I look like them. I'm not trying to bridge a gap, but if it happens, that would be the ILLest. At the end of the day if your a fan of good music, what should it matter what I wear. Jesus Juice!
AllHipHop.com: How did you come to the name Wordspit?
Wordspit: Funny, I changed my name quiet a bit. At first My name was Streets. My life style was more out there. Everything around me was straight grimey and street, so I feed off that to fuel my rhymes. Over time, I explored more creative ways to approach writing, so I changed it From Streets to Wordz From The Steet'z. I felt Iike I was currating the lifestyle of not only me, but the people around me. A short period in between that, I think, I was putting forth more of a creative effort in my music.
My brother came to me one day and said " Your new name is Wordspit, Word cause you spit." I added "The ILLEst" and broke it into acronym's as well, but that is another story.
AllHipHop.com: How have social networks like Twitter and Myspace worked out for you?
Wordspit: These social networks helped me out a lot. I get a lot of exposure, such as website and blog features, interviews, and even shows by way of these social websites. I think I'm more of the Twitter baby, though. Don't get me wrong, I was on Myspace heavy, but it has too many distraction's with the spam and other hungry individuals promoting. I always wanted to connect with people who like my music and Twitter came along an gave me that opportunity.
It allowed me to get intimate with my supporters, other writers, and website moguls. (Editor's note: Wordspit and AllHipHop CEO Chuck Creekmur met very organically over Twitter) It gave me the power to reach out and ask, hey," What do you think about this.?" It help me converse with the people who could help me get to the next level. At the same time, I often chat with people about their daily lives, which mean the most to me, because I want to see everyone do well . We The ILLest.
AllHipHop.com: Can you give AHH Breeding Ground readers your Top 5 Dead or Alive
Wordspit: Rakim, Canibus, Nas, Kanye, Lupe last two slots vary from time to time.
AllHipHop.com: Very interesting list of artists. Who are the new rappers you respect?
Wordspit: Hi-jynx, Prezzure, Marvolous, Final Outlaw, Donny Goines, Massanisa, Rephstar J.Cole, Mickey Factz, Wale, Charles Hamilton, Brokenglish, 8thw1,Sleep Walkaz, AJ from Jersey, 89thebrainchild, Soulja Boy, Homeboy Sandman, SoSoon, honestly there is to many too mention. Shout out to NYC, matter a fact shout out to Hip-Hop around the world period.)
AllHipHop.com: Final words?
Wordspit: Make sure you check out the Joystick Madness Video and my new album The Coolest BBoi Stance . I would like to thank everyone who stood by me and made me ILL. All the new supporters. Hit me on www.twitter.com/wordspit or www.wordspitwashere.com Most of all, I would like to Thank You, AllHipHop.com, for giving me this great opportunity. (Shouts to Steve and Chuck). Remember We The ILLest!
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