is a collection of interviews with some of the most influential figures in hip-hop.
Brian Kayser has built a body of work as editor-in-chief of HipHopGame.com and a variety of other hiphop journalism projects.
Words is an expanding multi-volume series of self-published books compiling his collection of conversations with the most legendary and established artists of the last 20+ years.
It’s not just a book or even a series of books. It’s Kayser’s contribution to hip hop’s cultural archive. He’s taking the work that’s been done documenting these artists over many years and he’s publishing it to make it available to anyone that wants to know.
Most art forms are about pushing forward while knowing what came before — especially music as an artform and especially hip hop as a culture. The work Kayser is doing with this series feeds that process.
“informative and worthwhile”
“I like my interviews to be informative and worthwhile reads. And you took time out to find some incredible questions and some dope questions that will make you think. The last thing you want to do is deal with an interviewer that’s going to ask you everything that’s on your bio.”
— LORD FINESSE
“respect the craft”
“As both a journalist and a musician, I respect the craft of knowing your sh*t. I call it a craft because as a musician, once you’ve been around for awhile, people tend to ask you questions solely about your most popular record, or the one they personally like the most. That’s fandom, not journalism. And as a journalist, there’s nothing like showing the artist you’ve done your homework and they open up to you. In this era of overnight craftsmen and blurred lines between fandom and journalism, Brian has paid his dues and understands that conducting a good interview is an art – and a lost one at that.”
— J ZONE
“funny, full of depth, and most of all, informative”
“Brian is one of the pioneers of post-millennial hip-hop journalism. Brian exhibited his sardonic wit and endearing descriptions of hip-hop’s development from the basements of the underground to the boardrooms of the mainstream. He was the first to have a blog speaking about weekly developments in hip-hop. It was funny, full of depth, and most of all, informative. His mission has never wavered since then. He gives a voice to the voiceless and is a treasure in hip-hop literature. I am honored and privileged to call him a friend.”
“100% comfortability in his Q and A and genuine interest.”
“I really believe some people have ulterior motives when they conduct interviews but in my experience talking with B, it’s 100% comfortability in his Q and A and genuine interest. He’s not a journalist talking to me about being an artist but a vibe of two human beings having life conversation.”