With all the mediocrity that is flooding Hiphop right now, it's very refreshing to have someone who is doing something different and unique. WORDSPIT definitely falls into that category. Instead of rapping about guns and crack, you hear him either waxing poetic about everybody's favorite video game or rhyming a narrative of a comic book. While that may sound a bit odd to you, he makes it work. I got a chance to sit down with him a few days before the release of his LP, THE COOLEST BBOI STANCE, which is out now, and pick his brain about how and why he does what he does.
Ge Oh: When did you first decide that you wanted to be a rapper?
WORDSPIT:I was In Back of my 3rd or 4th grade class freestyling with some friends and my teacher asked me, "Did you have something to share?" I was like, "yea," and she made me come to the front of the class, so I started spitting and my classmates cheered. Since then, I knew hiphop was something I wanted to do.
Ge Oh: Who influenced you?
WORDSPIT: My influences are Canibus, Rakim, Kanye, Pharrel and N.e.r.d, Nas, Cold Play, Lupe Fiasco, Massinesa, Wu-tang, Linkin Park, Nirvana, for real it is too many to name.
Ge Oh: Where do you draw your inspiration from now, as opposed to back then?
WORDSPIT: I draw inspiration from everywhere. Before, I would listen to Canibus and want to be the ILLest Mc in the universe but over time I realized I wanted more. I wanted to become a dope Mc and make great music at the same time. I started studying other artist inside and outside of hiphop. I also draw inspiration from my TV, current events, video games. Life gives me inspiration to suffice my creativity.
Ge Oh: You seem pretty active on twitter, and you have your own website. How important is it to you to be connected with you fans, and how do you feel the new social networks help an artist such as yourself do that?
WORDSPIT: Yea, www.wordspitwashere.com is dope and Im very active on twitter. Not only Twitter, but all of these new social networks have helped me in so many ways. It helps me directly connect with people and that is what's really important to me. I love being able to chat with people from different parts of the world who like my music. These new social networks play a big part in spreading in getting your name out in the market.
Ge Oh: Your most recent music video, Joystick Madness, recently came out. What was the inspiration for it? Do you have any stories about the shooting of that video?
WORDSPIT:Yes, Joystick Madness just dropped in August. The inspiration for the video came from countless hours of video game addiction. I use to go to the laundromat ,pizza shop, arcade and spend hours. We wanted to give People the same feeling as when Xbox online wasn't available and you had to be in the same room as your opponent. A story... lol.... while trying to spoof the Christian Bale "line" situation, one of the director's interns walked in and thought I was serious. She was scared! You could see it in her face. That was super funny.
Ge Oh: Joystick Madness is from your new CD, which comes out on Monday. What's it called, and what is the central theme?
WORDSPIT: Joystick Madness is one of the songs off THE COOLEST BBOI STANCE, That drops Monday. THE COOLEST BBOI STANCE is my tribute to hiphop. At the same time it follows the journey of an artist as he tries to become a great MC. I want people to feel connected to this character. I want people to feel engaged by his story and be able to relate it to what they are going through. Im excited about this project.
Ge Oh: You seem like a decently successful D.I.Y (Do It Yourself) Indie Hiphop Artist. What does it take to be a successful artist in this day and age?
WORDSPIT: I laid the ground work Myself. Then I linked with a lot of people who helped me, like my manager David J. Hamilton, Kartay of 3Afilms who shot my first video Not A Joke This Year. What does it take to be succesful? The drive to reach for your goal even when people tell you no. Networking is a vital key as well, some times it's about who you know. On top of all that just make good music.
Ge Oh: If you could work with anyone, who would it be?
WORDSPIT: Right now I would have to say Nas. He is an icon and I respect his work.
Ge Oh: Do you have any advice for anyone trying to do what you do?
WORDSPIT: Don't be afraid to get shut down. If one door closes another door will always open with a new opportunity. We The ILLEst.
Follow WORSDPIT at the following websites:
THE COOLEST BBOI STANCE is available now on www.wordspitwashere.com