Worth Whyle just dropped a new Sponsored Mixtape on Datpiff called Filling The Void.  We caught up with him regarding his recent project.

1) how long have you been an artist and what is it that got you started?

I actually started writing rhymes at the age of 13, Eminem was definitely to blame for that. But I didn’t start recording until I was 18, I started off with Big Jerm recording on a stage mic in my bedroom. As you can imagine, without any sound proofing or a good studio mic the first recordings sounded awful as was my timing and delivery. But Jerm decided to pursue audio engineering in New York so I decided to go to a professional studio and started recording and I’ve been at it on and off ever since.

2) who all makes up the Worth Whyle team?

Big Jerm & Roscoe Wiki are my go to engineers and two of my favorite producers so expect a lot of material coming from us 3. DJ No Intro is my go to DJ, and I have a handful of DJ’s that I can choose from such as DJ Bamboo or DJ Vex for scratches, shows, etc. D Jack is my hype man (he’s also a visual artist and is working on emceeing himself) and is almost always on stage with me everywhere I go, ANTUKS are the videographers, Jordan Beckham is the photographer, Derek Tull is the Live Photographer, and my newly formed group the 90’s Era is composed of myself, Diesel D, & The Realist. My long time high school friend Alexis Richardson is my street team leader (we are currently rebranding the street team but she is at almost every show to support and pass out merchandise etc.). New to the street team is Tyler Vietmeier, he is currently going to full sail down in Orlando so I’m starting to spread my name outside of Pittsburgh. My long time friend and collaborator Jizzo is my in house producer and we have a few songs together, you’ll hear more beats from him on future projects. And last is myself, I’m the emcee, the event planner, the promoter, etc. I do everything else by myself, from booking, to writing, etc. Soon I’ll look for someone to take care of booking, management, etc. but for now it’s working with me doing it.

3) you have a good many features on this project. Who have you yet to work with locally that you would like to?

The person right now I’d like to work with locally the most is hands down B White of the 58’s. In my opinion he’s topped every emcee in Pittsburgh and did it in only a year or twos time since I first heard of him. Other than him, I’d like to work with Beedie, Boaz, Devin Miles, Pittsburgh Slim, Chevy Woods and the list goes on, I could be here for days saying who all I want to work with. Pittsburgh’s talent really stepped it up a notch since Wiz and Mac opened the door.

4) as an artist or anyone focused on what they do for that matter, we should always set a bar for improvement. How do you feel you did reaching the bar with this project?

Compared to the first project, this project rose the bar 200% I’d say. From the timing and delivery to overall song concepts I’d say I improved immensely just over the past year. Honestly I listen to my first project and wonder how the engineers didn’t kick me out of the studio. And with every song I’ve noticed a progression even now so, I guess all the hard work is starting to pay off.

5) what next? What’s in the works for you?

Next on the list is releasing quite a few visuals for the project and performing on large scale shows. In April, I open up for Pac Div, Ying Yang Twins, Bubba Sparxxx, and the most noteworthy Talib Kweli. After that, my group the 90’s Era will release it’s first project, you can expect that sometime in the summer. I’m also working on two more projects of my own, one of which will be my first digital release on itunes. Merchandise is also in the works of being made so expect shirts, stickers, etc coming soon.

6) how did you get the name Worth Whyle?

I chose the name Worth Whyle back in eleventh grade in high school. I wanted to make a name that no one else had that would stand out as soon as you heard it. My only concern was I didn’t want to be another gimmick like a lot of previous rappers had been in the past. But I chose the name and stuck with it ever since and so far it has proven to be a name to remember.

7) you have done several elaborate videos to create a visual for your music. How has the response been from this?

The response from the videos we’ve released has been pretty good for the most part. Some videos have surprised me how much attention they’ve gotten but other videos have disappointed me on the little attention they’ve gotten. Anytime we set out to do a video we try to bend the rules and make something no one has ever seen before.

8) would you say it’s easier or more difficult to work with family for your music projects like with the antuks company? 

As far as working with ANTUKS it makes it a lot easier in my opinion. I mean I’ve known my brother all my life so I’m a lot more comfortable working with him than anyone else.The only time it’s hard is when we disagree on a certain vision for the videos, but in the end it all works out for the better.

9) popgh stands for people of Pittsburgh going hard, how do you go hard for your city?

I go hard for my city by giving nonstop support. I throw showcases every once in a while to provide a stage and show to those who didn’t have the chance to be seen or heard much like myself. When I first started it was hard to get shows and to be taken serious about my craft. Now that people see that I’m putting in work, they can see that I have potential in taking it far. One thing’s for sure if I make it then I’m bringing my whole team with me, I will always remember where I came from.