Dr. Awkward (Josh Watson) has been a Southern California recording artist since 2009. Doc was born and raised in San Diego, and because of this, much of his music is influenced by mainstream and underground West Coast Hip Hop.
In early 2009, Dr. Awkward released his first solo project “Next Gen,” in which Doc proclaims that he is the future of Hip Hop. The EP was hailed as an instant classic, with such hits as “Geekquilibrium” and “Impostor.”
Since his live act at Nerdapalooza, Doc has performed at after parties for large events such as Florida’s Nerd Invasion, San Diego’s ComicCon,Texas’ Comicpalooza,and Indianaplois' GenCon. He has shared bills with MC Frontalot, MC Lars, MC Chris, Zealous1, YTCracker, and MegaRan.
In April 2010, one year after Next Gen, Dr. Awkward finished and released his first full length album called “Unlimited.” The album was titled as such to convey Doc’s unlimited potential and ability. This album features an amazing fusion of Nerdy Rhymes, Next Gen Hip Hop, and R&B.
After his debut album Awk went on to release the following EPs:
The Expansion Pack
This is Not a Cover
New 52 Vol. 1
These Albums have been compiled into a collection of 13 songs titled "I.V. - The First 4" which was released to round out Awk's first 4 years of recording on this pseudonym. Dr. Awkward is back in the studio writing his yet-to-be-named follow up full-length album, due out in 2013.
In early 2013, Doc released a concept album to celebrate the achievement of reaching a milestone on Social Media site Facebook. The EP titled "Boy Without a Fairy" is an 8-track walk through the Nintendo 64 video game "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time".
The EP was well received garnering media attention from the likes of MTV, Zelda Informer, and WIRED magazine.
Charles Webb - MTV.com
"Dr. Awkward Raps About Power, Wisdom, And Courage On Zelda-Themed 'Boy Without A Fairy'"
"Dr. Awkward went to the source, sampling the original "Ocarina of Time" score of longtime Nintendo composer Koji Kondo for the eight tracks in "A Boy Without a Fairy" to solid effect. His hyped-up flow mixed with the down-tempo Kondo score gives the whole thing the feel of something from the West Coast circa 1997-98 (think The Spooks), but with less of a kick-you-in-the-chest beat."
Dathen Bacabella - Zelda Informer - 3-16-13
"Dr. Awkward Releases Ocarina of Time Based Rap Album: 'Boy Without a Fairy'"
"The tunes are very well mixed and they pay tribute to the legacy of the game more than they insult or detract from it. The titular song "Boy Without a Fairy" really touches deeply on the themes of the game, and the whole album is very informed in the lore of Hyrule."
Curtis Silver - Wired/Geekdad - 3-20-13
"The Triforce is Strong With Dr. Awkward’s Boy Without a Fairy"
"Dr. Awkward is at his best when he is attacking the lyrics with high octane, sweat inducing verbal assault. Yet, even though the Boy Without a Fairy EP is a bit toned down in that sense, it comes together stronger than I’d expect without that aggression. This EP tells a story, and in that it feels a bit more relaxed and whimsical while rotating through a gambit of emotions from loneliness to heroism. So the tone has to change to carve out each piece of the story, and it does. Doc does a fantastic job of transitioning you from track to track til the bittersweet ending."