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Wordsmith / Press

““Not a lot of artists truly embrace being a role model, I love it and I am willing to help bring a positive word, message and vibe. I know my purpose and I am living my dream.” —Wordsmith If the riots taught us anything, it’s that the city needs new leadership and a younger voice that relates to what the younger generation is going through and can speak their language. “These kids are really looking for something that really speaks to them and not forced fed to them like today’s music. My music, my words are about positivity [with] a message of hope and dreams. We need to let people know it’s okay to dream [and not allow] anyone tell you, you can’t,” said Wordsmith.”

“Anyone who's ever even thought about becoming a professional musician has had to face the fact that it's just not that easy. It takes hard work, natural talent, and a whole lot of determination. Add raising kids as a single parent to the mix, and suddenly a dream of becoming a professional musician seems pretty daunting. But Baltimore-based artist Wordsmith isn't like most other hip-hop artists. He's got a career moving full steam ahead, on top of raising two boys--and making music they can be proud of. "You don't have to be a fan of hip-hop to like my music," he said. "You just need to have an open mind and allow me to open your eyes to a different brand of urban culture." Wordsmith prides himself on making hip-hop that's free of profanity, filled instead with positive messages and influences from a wide variety of music genres. And from the wild success of his Indiegogo campaign, his style is a welcome change in the industry.”

“Veteran Baltimore rapper Wordsmith has crowd-funded his next album on the site IndieGoGo.com. Having successfully reached his original goal, he is still accepting donations until April 24 to further fund future recordings, music videos, and tours with his backing band, The Big Band Theory. Wordsmith’s latest EP, “Apt. 507,” was released earlier this month. During late April and early May, Wordsmith and his band will be traveling to countries including Kuwait, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates to support and entertain our troops with Armed Forces Entertainment.”

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“Campus Insiders' Doug Chapman and Jordan Cornette are bringing the most bold and brash opinions to the web including the alleged racist comments associated with George O'Leary, the false accusations against Todd Gurley and the mysterious hairline of LeBron James. Featured Artist this week is Wordsmith with "Living Life Check to Check" (Outro of Show)”

“Europe's rowdiest skate contest returned to Stvanice Island, Prague in big form, with an awesome street skating event and a session with pool skating legends. The 2014 Mystic SK8 Cup celebrated it's 20th anniversary in style, featuring some of the best skating seen in contest history.”

“Wordsmith's "We Do It Better" Featured on Redbull's King of the Rocks Best Slam Dunks!”

“Wordsmith's "Living Life Check to Check" Video is featured on Zuus Networks HipHop and R&B on the Rise”

“92Q Jamz Host A. Cruz Relives Music Video and Jingle with Wordsmith”

“The Average citizen drives 13,476 miles per year or 37 miles a day. We spend more than twice as much time in traffic congestion complaining and sometimes having road rage. Throwing statistics aside, there is only one solution to the days of pure gridlock on the roads; turn your Radio up to extreme levels and do what Wordsmith calls “Traffic Jammin””

“Wordsmith has been able to maximize his music income through License deals, Writing off business expenses, Internet Radio Spins, Commercial Radio Spins, Youtube/Vevo Views, Shows, Album Sales, Merchandise, Jingles, Songwriting & Lectures. His Workshop details the methods used to achieve several revenue streams within the music business, Signing up for PRO Societies (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, Soundexchange, AARC & PRS Music) and how they pay you, why its beneficial to save all music related receipts during the year for tax write offs, signing up for the biggest internet station Pandora Radio, How to get started in the licensing field and the benefits to opening up an independent label.”

“When a scholarship student is accepted to an elite graduate school program, she encounters a world run by good-looking, rich boys that she has never experienced before.”

“ESPN’s "Numbers Never Lie" featured Wordsmith's "Never Be the Same".”

“Wordsmith is playful and didactic, with a bold, open-hearted rapping voice, and a deep-rooted humanistic vision of Christianity. The Blue Collar Recital’s rhymes are compact, meter-obsessed observations and confessions, and his content comes from regular-guy experiences like watching in horror news reports about the Sandy Hook shooting (“When Your Faith Is Tested”) or the communal importance of getting drunk after work (“Happy Hour The Universal Blackout”).”

“This is perhaps the first hip hop concept album I’ve ever heard—each song is supposed to represent a moment in the day in the life a blue-collar American worker, from “It’s 5am Smell The Roses,” to “Traffic Jammin.” Rapping about working hard for not enough pay (“Living Life Check to Check”) and hustlin’ through an unfair world (“When Your Faith is Tested”), the relatability through lyrics is the foundation of The Blue Collar Recital.”

“On a chilly Friday night in Baltimore, guests packed local clothing boutique, PEDX. Some were looking at the unique line of clothing products the store carries, and some were purchasing merchandise. Some were listening to the deejay’s unique mix of Notorious BIG and other old school hip hop artists, and some were conversing about hip hop in general. Surprisingly, this was the end of an album release party — local emcee Wordsmith’s album release party for his latest release Blue Collar Recital.”

“When he’s not booking shows, the single father of two is making his music heard, not through the radio but through song licensing. “I would urge all independent artists like myself to really look into that because, I’ll be honest, that’s where I make the bulk load of my money,” Wordsmith says.”

“Welcome to “The Intro,” a new show by iMoveiLive Online Music Magazine. The concept is to introduce music lovers to fast raising talent outside of our typical Pittsburgh, PA focus area. On this episode we speak with Wordsmtih a hiphop artist out of Baltimore, MD”

“Rap was first built on bragging about being the best and having the best. The veteran Baltimore rapper Wordsmith brags a different kind of way.”

“Since listening to the “The Blue Collar Recital,” by Baltimore’s own Wordsmith I have been trying to put together a review that would give this stand out album the justice it deserves. This album is not great because of the lyrics, the metaphors, the flow and or the beat selections. This album is great because the album actually has a meaning, a concept, a message that a majority of Americans and people around the world could relate to.”

“Quiet as kept, Wordsmith's 2012 album King Noah was one of the few potent albums not released on a major label. Word is back singing blue collar blues on his latest, The Blue Collar Recital, an 11-song concept album worthy of multiple spins. As the lead single signifies, the album tracks the journey of a man who's "Living Life Check to Check." Guests: Sean Toure, Notoriety, Cherri, Paul Rivers Bailey Release Date: September 17, 2013”

“I don't feel like a lot of artists today care to put messages in their music', Wordsmith told us with the release of his first album. 'So I would like to fill in the gap’. He's right. The crisis is hitting an average household harder than ever. A working man works his knuckles to the bone. But pays more bills than ever. It should be worth a topic for a rap album right? Unfortunately, not a lot of rappers spend more than five bars on it. Is it too far from their backyard? Is it because the crisis would bore the hell out of the listener? Not sure. The Baltimore rapper shows it's possible with his sophomore solo release though. For one; he translates the crisis to a concrete situation, namely the daily life of a blue collar. Secondly, Wordsmith has the talent to wrap his messages in attractive, radio-friendly tunes. The backbone of his music is a mixture of catchy hooks, eerie arrangements and 'live' instrumentation.”

“Wordsmith releases the tracklisting for for forthcoming "The Blue Collar Recital" album. The 11-song concept album focuses on the day in the life of a blue collar worker.”

“Talented rapper/emcee Wordsmith has released yet another album called “The Blue Collar Recital” which features songs for almost any relatable concept or situation in everyday life. From struggling with money, police encounters, and motivational quotes to even the simplest things like what to do on your lunch break, the Blue Collar Recital album has everything to help you conquer any day to day obstacle.”

“Wordsmith's last album was a refreshingly positive rap album inspired by the birth of his son Kingston. He's been moving further in that direction for a while now, progressively getting closer to the kind of unitarian love exhibited by rap singers like Michael Franti. "The Blue Collar Recital" is no exception to that rule. There are plenty of things in the world that anger him, frustrated him or upset him in this world, but as "When Your Faith Is Tested" illustrates, he's even able to find meaning in senseless tragedies like the Newtown massacre:”

“The only way to survive in the vast sea of awful lyricists and self defined rappers is summarized by one word: Evolution...”

“Wordsmith is a very skilled rapper. He has a nice flow, an aggressive delivery, introspective subject matter, solid lyricism and raps over pretty good production for the most part. He reminds me a little bit of a young Talib Kweli, and definitely could develop a solid underground hip-hop following, but tracks like “Never Be the Same” and “On My Job” even show flashes of mainstream potential. The posse cut, “Generation X,” for instance, features a pretty memorable hook as well as a pretty dope verse from fellow Maryland emcee Substantial.”

“Wordsmith's latest release, "King Noah", serves as a musical time capsule for his one year old son Kingston Noah Parker...”

“In the vein of hip-hop greats like Gang Starr and Talib Kweli, Wordsmith is an MC with a social message to deliver. A breathe of fresh air in these days where most hip hop lyrics celebrate material excess, Wordsmith’s endeavor to promote social values is commendable.”

“Outside the confines of Baltimore, Wordsmith isn’t necessarily a household name. Like most independent artists in hip-hop, he does what he can musically while balancing reality (family, children jobs, etc.) In an era where releasing an album is definitely taking a financial risk, he’s been able to carve out a name for himself and create a successful niche by licensing music for television shows, commercials, and video games. On his new album, King Noah, he is hoping to show his talents off to a more musically appreciative audience looking for some music to bob their heads to.”

“Despite its vibrant musical history, Baltimore has never been known for hip-hop. That doesn’t bother emcee Wordsmith, who has been reppin’ his B-More proudly since releasing his first record Bridging the Gap in 2009 with Chubb Rock. This summer, he released his second album “King Noah” which featured on up-and-comer talent Skyzoo (known for his work with 9th Wonder), among others. Sky, whose debut LP A Dream Deferred will drop this Fall and features 9th Wonder, Jahlil Beats, Dj Khalil, Black Milk, sat down with Wordsmith, one rapper to the other, and asked the seasoned vet about the new record, fatherhood, and what it means to rep the city he calls home.”

“This is a storyteller concerned with other things than violence and degrading women. There’s varied guitar moments, there’s a lot of narration, but mostly there’s a continued commitment to an aesthetic that ties the whole thing together.”

“ONCE UPON A TIME, rappers like Baltimore MC Wordsmith—labeled indie, conscious, or backpacker—dotted the mainstream hip-hop landscape like conscientious objectors, avoiding the violence, self-hate, and misogyny upon which so many radio MCs built their empires. Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, and the Roots even busted through on occasion, reminding their hit-making brothers that another world was possible. But these days, conscious MCs have either dulled their creative swords to reach broader audiences or faded into the woodwork. Enter King Noah, the fourth LP from Wordsmith, a creative explosion in the form of a musical treatise to newborn son Kingston Noah. Released the week of Father’s Day, the album includes lessons about ambition (“On My Job”), exploring the world (“Globetrotters”), and letting go of hate (“Grudges and Growing Pains”), all backed by up-tempo, often piano-driven tracks produced by the likes of Centric, Benny Rome, and DJ Eclipse. When Wordsmith, voca”

“With his new album, King Noah, Baltimore MC Wordsmith has set out to erase any resemblance of an average Rap album with his boom-bap beats meeting acoustic, alternative, and pop instrumentation. It’s an interesting gamble to take on your second solo release, but Wordsmith is all about gambling and taking chances on what he enthusiastically calls “blue collar music.””

“‘I don't feel like a lot of artists today care to put messages in their music’, Wordsmith claims. ‘So I would like to fill in the gap’. In 2009, Wordsmith - don’t confuse with Wordsworth- already filled a gap along with Chubb Rock on the album ‘Bridging The Gap’. That gap was old and new school rap. In 2012, the Baltimore rapper and single father turned his third release ‘King Noah’, into a guideline for his son with words of wisdom and experiences explained…”

“ShockWave-So we hear you’re about to release a new album, can you tell us a little more about it? Wordsmith-The album is called "King Noah", short for my son Kingston Noah Parker. I created this project as a musical blueprint for my infant son; something he can go back and listen to over the years. It’s a very catchy project with an eclectic beat selection that really symbolizes the different sounds I acquired by growing up around the world. I can't even say it’s a Hip-Hop album; it’s more just good music with deep messages.”

“Wordsmith isn’t your average, everyday rapper. With a college-level business education, he has an understanding of the inner workings of the music industry. Building on this experience, he has been able to establish licensing deals with entertainment companies like Nintendo and CBS while establishing his own label. However, one should not understate the lyrical ability that got him there. First gaining recognition with Chubb Rock on Bridging the Gap, Wordsmith has continued to gain critical acclaim throughout the hip hop community for his creative wordplay and uncommon content, which is evident on his latest album.”

“Wordsmith = Eric B. & Rakim + Big L The hardest things to combine in music are spirituality and hip hop, but Wordsmith has done it on King Noah, garnering major respect for his vision and narrative. The LP is a tribute to his young son, “his blueprint layout for life.” Wordsmith spits an emotional intro to every track. Dancing vocally on every bar, his infamous skill shines as he takes us on this life journey. The beats are rose colored, the vibe that of hope and positivity. Speaking of our hungry age on ”Generation X,” it seems as though he is pursuing the most important conversation of his life (he completely is) and that, my friends, is straight powerful. This hip-hop lullaby is well worth a listen, even if you’re out of the cradle and way beyond being saved. –Meera Masud”

“Appealing to your compassion and tenderness, Wordsmith titled King Noah after his son, Kingston Noah. How ki-yooot. The single-poppa designed King Noah as a life blueprint for his kidlet to help him navigate issues like race, envy, politics and allathat. If you like Skinnyman, if you like Shad, if you like the thinking emcee, then this album is right up your zone.”

“Baltimore rapper Wordsmith is another talented emcee in a long line of musicians who make rap that hits your soul by way of the cerebrum, combining stylized vocals with hard-hitting hip-hop to deliver an album you could either place next to your Arrested Development and KRS-One LP's or between Frank Herbert's Dune and Yamamoto Tsunetomo's Hagakure in the philosophy section of your personal library.”

“This album is literally a dedication to Wordsmith's recently born song Kingston Noah, with an intro before the title track explaining that numerological coincidences abounded when he was brought forth on the Earth. Even without those coincidences, any father will tell you that bringing a son or daughter into the world is a life changing event, putting all of your priorities into a totally different focus. It hasn't changed Wordsmith's focus on being a musician though - it just enhanced it. Wordsmith is already an unconventional emcee who purposefully decided to ignore modern day trends, "Bridging the Gap" to days gone by to record an album with hip-hop legend Chubb Rock. There's nothing nihilistic or excessively indulgent about Wordsmith - he's all about the "Essence of Life"”

“Wordsmith has a few more styles, of course, and shifts between them like a finely tuned transmission, dropping what almost sounds like a guest verse in his own song at one point, a hard-edged commanding rap jutting sharply out of hip-hop tending more toward smoothness. Like a lot of Wordsmith’s stuff, “Music for the Masses” feels a bit like a statement of purpose, a cross between a personal tapping of soul and a treatise from Baltimore rap’s guardian angel. It’s the second single of his upcoming King Noah mixtape and contrasts interestingly with the first, the chills-awesome wrath-rap “Grudges and Growing Pains.” It’ll at least be interesting to see where the release goes as a whole and how it all resolves. Wordsmith remains an unpredictable force.”

“Open with an homage to the golden age, end with considerations of life after death: While Wordsmith doesn't reinvent the hip-hop wheel with Vintage Experience, his new solo album, it isn't because he didn't try. This 20-track concept album divided into four thematic movements--Wordsmith calls it a "movie on wax"--Vintage is ostensibly a musical/lyrical portrait of where hip-hop is/could be right about now. It's ridiculously ambitious, musically all over the place, and occasionally quite stunning.”

“Wordsmith wasn’t giving a benediction or delivering a sermon. Instead, this theater-trained rapper, who performs up to 50 shows a year, was offering up a lyrical tribute to the hip hop greats who influenced his sound all the while maintaining the respect demanded by his surroundings.”

“After only a few moments of speaking with Wordsmith one can see his advantage over other rappers. He is not only a talented lyricist, he also has a keen business mind and a willingness to learn.”

“'I think longevity and being an artist, not just an MC that just freestyles and battles, that’s what I’m all about trying to do,' Baltimore MC Wordsmith says earnestly.”