WordSpit The ILLeSt!
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WordSpit The ILLeSt!

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Brooklyn, New York, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
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2011 WordSpit & His band The ILLEst! participated on America's Talent. Here is the first Audition. - NBC



Most recently, You may have seen WordSpit and his band, "The ILLest" gracing the stage on NBC's hit television show "America's Got Talent". Aside from the genre- mashing mix of cover - originals songs performed through the first two rounds, the MC and his band greatest risk was made when they decided to perform an all out original piece, Called "Light's Cameras, Action" in the Quarter final round. Though they received a standing ovation and were met with roars and applause by those in attendance tot he live show, they were eliminated for being original.


Their elimination was't the result of America's vote, but rather by a last minute "Judges Choice" decision. The newest (and sternest) judge this season, howard stern championed WordSpit & The ILLest or their originality and musicianship and lauded their performance, voting for them to continue on the show. Though Howie Mandel said" You were and are my favorite group that has ever been on this show...I love the original song, I would buy that single, I would listen that single! he and Sharon Osbourne felt that WordSpit had mad a mistake by performing and original song and ultimately voted against him and the band.
- NBC



Wordspit & Team ILLest Present: Rise Of The ILLest Recap Video On September 26th, 2011 WordSpit and Team ILLest held a concert for a cause titled "Rise of The ILLest" at the legendary New York City venue S.O.B.'s. With sponsorship from international lifestyle brand and clothing company Rocawear, in partnership with MTV's Staying Alive Foundation, Wordspit and Team ILLest were able to reach their goal of raising awareness and money for the continuation of HIV/AIDS prevention. - WordSpit The ILLeSt.


After becoming champions of The Break Contest Long Island, placing Second at the Grand Finals, WordSpit The ILLeSt rocks Bamboozle 2011. - WordSpit The ILLeSt!


G-Unit's Jack Thriller catches up with WordSpit The ILleSt for a freestyle and interview for Music Mogul Curtis ( 50 Cent ) Jackson's website Thisis50.com. - Thisis50.com


Vibe Cosigns the Lyrics of WordSpit in this brief segment. - Vibe Magazine


BET.com catches up with WordSpit for a Freestyle and interview in this segment of 106 & Park Follow Friday. - BET.com


WordSpit garnered a sponsorship from Jay'z clothing ling Rocawear as they present This NEW MUSIC Video Chop Suey. - Rocawear


WordSpit The ILLeSt interview and performance at Music Matters for BET.com - BET.com


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.” - HipHopDX.com


With a name like Wordspit, you know that the lyrics and style is going to be something that hip-hop definitely helped to create and nurture. Content is sometimes overlooked on the big scale but that doesn't seem to have deterred this MC from making the music he loves and has been feeding his fans with.

Recently Yo! Raps touched base with NYC native Wordspit to talk about his album The Coolest B-Boi Stance, his unique styling as well as his influences, future in music and much more. With the hip-hop world birthing more and more MC's daily, can Wordspit stand out above the rest, can he cut through the sometimes watered down lyrical content of many in the mainstream and have his voice heard? Only time will tell, but keeping true to himself and true to the fundamental core of hip-hop, Wordspit most certainly seems to have a shot to make his presence felt in this sometimes oversaturated industry.



The meaning behind your name Wordspit is evident but how did you get it?

I got my name through the process of evolution. Around 2000-2002, my name was Streetz. It fit the lifestyle I was into and the people I hung out with. As I embraced the culture and learned more about Hip-Hop, I changed it to Wordz From The Streetz. I felt I was more conscious of my surroundings and I was able to articulate that a little more in depth. About the time 2004-2005 rolled up, my brother came to me and said, "Yo your name's Spit because Word you Spit". Ever since that day I've been Wordspit.

What do you feel is the biggest misconception people have about you when they see you?

I think people hear Joystick Madness and cast me into the nerd or hipster genre of rap. People try to pigeon hold me like "that's the dude that raps about street fighter" not fully digesting the lyrical creativity I bring to the table.

Who are some of the artists that have influenced you and how did you get your start in Hip-Hop?

When it comes to influence, I'm inspired by Canibus, Rakim, Nas, Kanye, Pharrell, Lupe, Nirvana, Jay-Z, Linkin Park, Michael Jackson. It's too many to name that have helped me progress as an artist. My biological father was a musician, so when I was like 4-5 he used to bring me to the studio. I use to freestyle all night and that's how I got my start.

What is the best way you would describe your music?

In a few words, I would call my music, a party for intelligent diversity. My music is driven off witty metaphors and groovy concepts. Not only do only do I give you content, I make it fun. At the same time, giving you a versatile selection of music to back each song.

What was your inspiration for the title of your album The Coolest B-Boi Stance?

We all know a B-Boy/Girl is a person who life is dedicated to Hip-Hop. The B-Boi Stance, is the pose you take when you just destroyed your opponent (like you not fucking with me). Mix it all together with my personal coolness and that's The Coolest B-Boi Stance. We the illest!

Who were some of the producers on your album?

I worked with Jface a producer out of BK, as well as Tone Def Music Group, Small Boi Funk, and Max Bloomfield. I appreciate their contribution towards this project.


How long did it take from concept to final product to get your album done?

Making this project took less then a year. I had most of the songs done, I just added a few pieces here and there. What set us back was technical difficulties and marketing. We really wanted to have a tight package (video, art work, mixing). Knowing this was my first project we wanted to get it right. We wanted to drop and make the name Wordspit stick in your head. We wanted to leave an imprint. We the illest!

Any plans of any tours to support your album?

I have been doing a lot of shows in and out of NYC, but no major touring. I hope the future well change that though.

In your opinion what would you like to see change in Hip-Hop right now?

Only thing I would change is quality over quantity. I don't need rapper's dropping a million mixtapes with in the same year. I understand you want to get your name up, but show appreciation to your craft. Saturating the market doesn't mean your going to get a record deal or gain recognition. If it's good it's good, but I see a bunch of MC's taking that route for the wrong reasons. Putting out sub-par music, with no meaning. All I'm saying is, let us make the best quality music and progress the culture.

How important it is to you to perfect your performance and connect with your audience at shows?


Outside of recording, performing is vital to me being an artist. It's my job to entertain the people. People come to my shows expecting to go through my emotions because that's what I put into my music. They expect me to give everything to the stage, no holding back. This is their chance to embrace me, as I embrace them. This is their chance to embrace who Wordspit is in person. This are the people who make me, me and this is how I get personal with - Yo! Raps.com


From his frequent references to and samples from vintage video games, to the countless battle raps and freestyles posted to his YouTube channel and blog, this East New York MC strikes a nice balance between new school rappers' playful nerdcore sensibilities and a vintage, aggressive Brooklyn flow. That blend of styles has gotten Wordspit attention from an unusually broad set of blogs and magazines, including The Source and XXL, and though he hasn't parlayed that buzz into a record deal yet, his recent mixtape The Coolest Bboi Stance is about as good as any recent debut. - The L Magazine


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! (l - AllHipHop.com


Born and bred Brooklynite Chris “Wordspit” Dupree is an emerging alternative hip hop artist on the scene. He does more than just spit words. Wordspit infuses his narrative with passion, poise and an undying enthusiasm effortlessly evoking every element of his delivery making him a true showman.
Whether rocking a wrap or fresh dubi, this East New Yorker balances his skateboarder lifestyle, street mentality and new school approach with dope lyrics, potent storylines and a flow saturated with swag. With tracks like, “Chop Suey” and “Joystick Madness”, Wordspit proves he has potential to satisfy an underground hip hop audience as well as create with commercial appeal.
“I am the point where the camera meets the script and my music is the movie. I’m not trying to make NEW Music; I’m trying to make good music- music that you can visualize,”
Already blazing the blogmosphere and a finalist to perform at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, check for his first effort, The Coolest Bboy Stance, to add to the progression of Hip Hop music as we know it.
WORDS - WILL “WORDSMITH” SHERIDAN

- TheSource.com


Winner of the 2011 Bamboozle The Break Contest Long Island. - Livenation


Starting Jan 2010, WordSpit was the star of Mcdonalds breakfast campaign. - Mcdonalds


Rock and Hip-Hop were mashed together long before there was even a term to describe it. When you think of System of a Down, the last thought that might enter your mind is hip-hop; however, Wordspit (Chris Dupree) from Brooklyn puts a twist on the aggressive rock classic. Taking the message of the System song and relating it to his dedication as an artist in his own personal, "self-righteous suicide" for his craft. "Chop Suey" is an interesting and unique combination that reveals the creative possibilities of Wordspit. - URB.com


You've been hearing this kid on Defsounds here and there and alot of you agree that the talent is undeniable. Brooklyn MC Wordspit has released his first official mixtape and thankfully, it doesn't disappoint.

Quick Review:

The Coolest Bboi Stance is far from an average mixtape--it actually plays out more like a Street LP. With tracks such as Superhero Theme and Poets Haiku, Wordspit does an incredible job of blending a concept album with an autobiographical piece.

The composition of the mixtape is very impressive--specially for an "up-and-comer." Most of the beats and vocals are top notch, with lyrics to match.

And I can't allude to the fact of the clear influences for this tape. If Big L and Lupe Fiasco somehow had a mutant nappy headed ho of an offspring--his name would be Wordspit.

Stand Out Tracks: Hello Good Morning, Not A Joke, Poets Haiku, Rap City, Sign On The Dotted Line.

Check out The Coolest B Boi Stance and leave your thoughts. - Defsounds.com


Born and bred Brooklynite Chris “Wordspit” Dupree is an emerging alternative hip hop artist on the scene. He does more than just spit words. Wordspit infuses his narrative with passion, poise and an undying enthusiasm effortlessly evoking every element of his delivery making him a true showman.
Whether rocking a wrap or fresh dubi, this East New Yorker balances his skateboarder lifestyle, street mentality and new school approach with dope lyrics, potent storylines and a flow saturated with swag. With tracks like, “Chop Suey” and “Joystick Madness”, Wordspit proves he has potential to satisfy an underground hip hop audience as well as create with commercial appeal.
“I am the point where the camera meets the script and my music is the movie. I’m not trying to make NEW Music; I’m trying to make good music- music that you can visualize,”
Already blazing the blogmosphere and a finalist to perform at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, check for his first effort, The Coolest Bboy Stance, to add to the progression of Hip Hop music as we know it.
WORDS – WILL “WORDSMITH” SHERIDAN - The Source.com


Two New York hip-hop amateurs are climbing the golden arches to stardom after being discovered on YouTube.

A couple of months ago, Rapper Christopher Dupree and violinist Joya Morris made videos with an outfit that transforms dollar vans into rolling recording studios.

Faster than you can say Egg McMuffin, they were spotted by talent scouts – and now they’re in TV and radio commercials for McDonald’s being played across the nation.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Dupree, 25, who raps under the nickname Wordspit and lives in East New York. … - Daily News (NY)


Coming straight out of East New York is Wordspit with his 18-track release 'The Coolest BBoi Stance.' Fans of Lupe Fiasco will certainly find something appealing about the lyrically inclined MC. With a cadence similar to Lupe such comparisons are simple and yet to do so doesn't give full credit to Wordspit in his own right. 'R.I.P.' sees Wordspit drop an emotive discussion on the loss of a friend that Ghostface Killah would be proud of while the Coaoca Sarai blessed 'Hello Good Morning' simply oozes quality. With a few skits interwoven across the album they somehow manage to not overpower the feel of the album. While tracks like 'LCA (Lights, Camera, Action)' has a definite commercial appeal with it 's hook heavy feel, Wordspit doesn't let fads get in the way of his skills as he allows his own ability to shine through this very accomplished release. Avoiding gangsterism and street-based bragging Wordspit has something of an everyman appeal as he drops tracks such as 'Joystick Madness' and stays true to himself rather than being something he is not. While Cocoa Sarai adds her velvety tones to three of the tracks here (watch out for her!) and Crissie also comes past for 'I Got U,' Wordspit more than holds his own across the length of this album while the production is nothing short of stellar. Devoid of filler this album is a real quality release that shows how a real hip-hop album should and could sound in 2009. Little wonder that Wordspit counts Canibus, Jay-Z and Nas amongst his influences. Don't sleep on this MC. - Grind Mode Connect


Live Performance at Bric TV which is Brooklyn's Premier platform for creative Arts. - Bric TV


Performance on Viacoms B.E.T - B.E.T


GShock and Respect Mags pick for new emerging artist - G shock and Respect Magazine


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"We TheIllest! We TheIllest!" Rapper WordSpit has an endless energy, pure passion, and lyrical skill that has caused thousands to chant this mantra at shows across the nation and abroad. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York under the care of his young mother and a hustling musician for a father, his humbling beginnings bred him for his now rapidly growing career in Hip-Hop music. Given his name by his brother, with Cannibus, Nas and Rakim as his influences, WordSpit set out to ensure that the verses that flew from his lips were nothing short of potent.


WordSpit began buzzing in the 2009 New York underground music circuit through open mics, solo shows, and random freestyle sessions anywhere people were willing to rap. WordSpit's dedication to his craft earned him the 2010 Underground Music Award for Most Dynamic Solo Artist, a collaboration with The Source Magazine at the 2010 SXSW Music Festival, and also landed him in a highly visible McDonald's nationwide television and radio campaign..


After seeing how his performances were even more amazing when backed with a live band, WordSpit teamed up with several instrumentalists to form WordSpit and The ILLest. Since then, this team has attained some amazing accomplishments, including headlining a concert at NYC's S.O.B.'s Club alongside MTV's Staying Alive organization alongside Rocawear. WordSpit along with The ILLest became the first band to be invited to perform at the Rocawear/Artful Dodger showrooms at the RocNation headquarters where Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z was in attendance. They also were the first band to ever win a performance spot at the 2011 Bamboozle Concert at New Meadowland Stadium where they opened for Lil' Wayne, and they were one of the first artists to be featured in the BET Music Matters webisodes on the BET website.


Most recently, WordSpit and The ILLest graced the stage on NBC's hit television show "America's Got Talent." They were praised in the first round as the best band the show first round with their genre-mashing mix of cover and original songs. They took a risk by performing an original piece called "Lights, Cameras, Action" in the Quarter final round. They received a standing ovation by those in attendance at the live show. Howard Stern championed WordSpit & The ILLest for their originality and musicianship and lauded their performance. However, although Howie Mandel said, "You were and are my favorite group that has ever been on this show...I love the original song, I would buy that single, I would listen that single," he and Sharon Osbourne felt that WordSpit had made a mistake by performing an original song. Regardless of America's vote, the "Judges Choice" decision eliminated him and the band. Yet through this disappointment, WordSpit and The ILLest strive to continue creating and sharing their passion for music in their own pure and grandiose way.


With the release of his previous indie album "The Coolest Bboi Stance" and the anticipation of new music that is soon to be released, WordSpit is ready to take the industry by storm. Through it all, his honesty and message is clear and his place as a rapper is cemented. If lyricism, stage presence, and innovation are key elements to being a great entertainer, WordSpit is poised to go down as one of the greats.
WordSpit began building his music career by creating a buzz in the New York underground music circuit. Through open mic's, solo shows, and random freestyle sessions anywhere people were willing to rap at in early 2009. WordSpit caught the attention of many with his persistence to be one of the greats in music. Selected to be a correspondent for Source Magazine at 2010's SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, 2010's Most Dynamic Solo Artist by the Underground Music Awards and his most recognizable accomplishment, bringing his charm, diverse rapping abilities to one of McDonalds nationwide television and radio campaigns. September of 2011 WordSpit and Team ILLest got together with MTV Staying Alive Organization with a sponsorship from Rocawear to put on his first headlining concert at the well known venue S.O.B's which reached its maximum capacity with over 500 people in attendance.


WordSpit along with The ILLest became the first band to be invited to perform at the Rocawear/Artful Dodger showrooms at the Rocnation headquaters where Hip-Hop Mogul Jay-Z was in attendance. Continuing to be the first artist to be apart of amazing things WordSpit made history at The Break Contest. Given a contract immediately after their performance to perform at Bamboozle, becoming the first band that ever happened to since Bamboozle began running the contest. After being crowned Break Contest Champions of Long Island WordSpit & The ILLest moved on to the Grand Finals and placing second in front of a sold out crowd at the Gramercy Theater.

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