wordwide com.
posted: 09-15-04
interview : tadah
Okay, please introduce yourself.
What up world? I go by the name of Words a.k.a Wordsworth a.k.a WW.
Many will remember you as half of a group. Please give us a quick reminder on that.
Yeah, I'm half of the group called Punchline and Wordsworth a.ka. Punch and Words.
We dropped an E.P. in 2001 and we had several appearance on Blackstar's album and A Tribe Called Quest album "The Love Movement."
You say 'I am' not 'I was': so you're still a group?
Yeah, we're still a group.
Are there any crew affiliations we should know about?
Well, you can affiliate me with Masta Ace, Strick, M3 Records, Justin Time, E. Owens, Halftooth records, and Wordwide Communications.
What else do we need to know about you?
I had a show called "The Lyricist Lounge" on MTV in 2000 and just been busy doing music and writing.
What would you like to tell us about you, that we probably don't care to know? (smile)
Man, I love Playstation 2, playing Live 2005.
Any other fun facts about you?
I like playing Basketball, skiing, skydiving, and hunting. Nah, I like basketball, forget the other three.
Ever been doing any of the other three though? (smile)
Nah, I never did any of the other three.
You have an album called "Mirror Music" now. What can you tell us about it?
"Mirror Music" is the reflection of what's going on in the world. It's 18 tracks full of banging beats and dope songs.
People love genres and sub genres: in what type of rap sub-genre would you put yourself?
The genre I'm in is Realty.
How straight forward is your rap?
My rap I s heartfelt. It's the blood needed to live. It's direct.
Tell us what you hope we'll get out of this record.
From this record you will get emotionally attached and be able to reflect on my life.
The cover is interestingly simple: just a photograph of you. How come?
It's the way I wanted it to be. I think some album covers are too cluttered and they don't attract me, because it's too out of the ordinary. Not creative, just trying to go to far. I felt the simple shot and the layout portrayed star qualities.
You have many different producers on there, including Sebb, who I guess is DJ Sebb from Switzerland. Did you, when you picked the beats, try to give the album a consistent or certain vibe?
Well I picked the beats, from just what I thought was hot and gave me a rush to write.
As I did songs the album began to mold itself. The vibe really was just headnodding, thought provoking, and energy boosting.
What philosophy do you follow and why: You record thirty or so songs, and the best 18 make it on the record. Or you know that you want 18 songs, and so you work on 18 songs and make them the best stuff I can do?
I record more songs than needed and then pick the best from whatever I've recorded. It allows me to formulate what the painting is going to become.
If you weren't an artists, what other job would you like to have?
If I weren't an artist I'd like to be an author. I love writing so that would be my next outlet.
What do you write outside of your lyrics?
I write poetry and ideas that may evolve; hopefully to novels or films one day.
File sharing on the internet: I do it too, or I'll do you if you do it?
I don't file share on the internet.
But do you endorse or condemn it?
I endorse file sharing, because I'm a fan. So I know, at times it can help. But only if you know you will support and buy the music after.
What was the last album/showcase/experience that had you go: man, I better step up my skills before I step out with something again?
The last album that had me amped to step it up, maybe Jay-Z's "The Black Album". As for showcase and experience; I don't recall.
When you hang up your superhero artist cape, what else do you do for fun?
I just play videogames and chill with my family and think.
You are a judge at slambush.net. Please tell us about how you got to be a judge for this competition and the excellent video you shot for it.
Well, I got involved with Slambush after my boy Biko told me about trying to get Bush out of office by using verbal assault. At first I didn't understand what he needed me to do. Then the day of the shoot I wrote the rhyme and we recorded it, I saw the big picture.
I got involved because I believe that we need to be heard as people and voting is one of those ways. I just want to use my influence to get people involved.
What do you want to achieve before you retire?
I just want the world to listen to my music and hope it enhances how the world thinks and acts. I hope to inspire the next generation to make a difference.
You must have a website, right? What is it?
Yeah, my website is www.wordwidecommunications.com
Any shout outs and final comments?
Big up to everyone that has supported me all these years. Peace Justin Time, Sono, Gowdy, E.O. and many others.
Peace to y'all for the interview. Stay focused in this game and enjoy it. Cop the album. And there is no me without y'all.
P.S. And speaking of shout outs: you greet and thank a lot of people on your album. How many did already step up that you forgot 'em (smile).
Man, so far two. But I know it's more people I gotta catch on the next one. I'm not repeating people next album. Only family members and new people.

Wordsworth's album "Mirror Music" is in stores now. It features contributions by Masta Ace, Punchline, Kenn Starr, Oddisee, Ayatollah, Da Beatminerz, Sebb, Belief and many more. Check halftooth.com for more information.

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