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Watsky

by Watsky

'Watsky' is the debut album from Invisible Inc. frontman George Watsky, co-produced by bandmate Max Miller-Loran. A veteran of HBO Def Poetry, the album features fellow Def Poets Rafael Casal and Dahlak, as well as Mieka Pauley, Passion, and Gift of Gab.
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1. Headphones
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2. Amplified (feat. Rafael Casal)
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3. Fuck an Emcee Name
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4. Seizure Boy
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5. G.O.A.T.(W.G.M.F.M.C.)
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6. Waking Hour (feat. Mariami)
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7. The Girl Next Door (To Everybody Else)
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8. Run My Mouth (feat. Danny McClain)
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9. Who's Been Loving You?
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10. I Got This Love (feat. Passion)
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11. Fight! Fight! Fight! (feat. Dahlak Brathwaite)
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12. Color Lines (feat. Catch Wreck)
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13. Hercules
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14. Two Blue Moons
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15. Everything Turns Gold (feat. Gift of Gab and Mieka Pauley)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
George Watsky is a poet, emcee, and cross-disciplary writer/ performer born and raised in San Francisco and now based in Boston. Watsky was featured on Season 6 of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. He was the 2006 Youth Speaks Grand Slam Poetry Champion, 2006 Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Champion, and performer in a record six consecutive Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals. In 2009 Watsky was one of three poets perform live on FOX at the NAACP Image Awards in honor of Russell Simmons’ lifetime achievement award.

Watsky has performed on both coasts an lead emcee with his band Invisible Inc. The trio's self titled album, a blend of jazz and hip hop featuring R&B sensation Passion, was selected as an Amoeba Music staff pick. ' Watsky,' George's debut solo effort, features guest appearances by fellow HBO Def Poets Dahlak and Rafael Casal, singers Danny McClain, Gift of Gab of Blackalicious, Mieka Pauley and once again, Passion. The album features production by Max Miller-Loran, Daniel Riera, Mikos, Aaron Carmack, and Kush Mody.

Watsky has made strides to bring his poetic sensibilities to the theater world. His one-man show, So Many Levels has been presented in Boston, San Francisco, Vermont and at the Hip Hop Theater Festival Critical Breaks series in New York City. He has been featured additionally at the San Francisco and Washington, DC arms of the Hip Hop Theater Festival. He played the title character and co-wrote a 2004 adaptation of Dante's Divine Comedy for the Living Word Festival and his stage play Harold's Fall was the recipient of the 2009 Rod Parker Playwriting Fellowship. Making his way to the page, George's debut poetry collection and CD, Undisputed Backtalk Champion, was published by First Word Press in 2006. Edited by novelist Adam Mansbach, the book is currently in its fourth printing.

Watsky has also emerged as part of a vanguard of artists involved in the sustainability movement. The inaugural Speak Green winner for poetry on climate change, Watsky has twice been invited to perform in Sundance, Utah by Robert Redford. His work has brought him to perform at the opening plenary of Green Cities 2008 in Sydney, Australia, and Greenbuild Chicago, where he took the stage immediately before President Bill Clinton.

Touring while finishing his college education on a condensed schedule, George has performed at conferences and universities in more than half the states in the country, and two in Australia. He has performed at some of the nation's most notable venues, including the Apollo Theater, the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the San Francisco Opera House and the Shrine Auditorium. He has shared billing with Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, and Mohammed Ali among others.


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Eric

Incredibly talented - great album
I've never really purchased indie music, and I just came across George Watsky on Youtube. I wanted to hear more, but wasn't expecting much. The album, however, is really good! Superb lyrics, great sound.

McCord

very impressive
I saw the video of Watsky's pale kid raps really fast and i was really impressed so when i saw he had a album i had to get it and im glad i did its a fresh sound to all this crap in the radio. keep it up George Watsky you know how to make true fresh beats and raps to go with it

Danny

'Watsky' By George Watsky
I'm assuming you are a fan because you're reading this. This note is a sort of review, sort of a collection of random thoughts about Watsky's album (and a couple bonus Watsky tracks). Now, I'm no Watsky snob, but he does have a lot of amazing stuff out there beyond his fast raps. These of course are just my opinions and I have no real qualifications to "review" a music album. Anyways, here it is:

"Watsky"
-George Watsky

Headphones- Watsky Album
“I can’t hear you (I’ve got my headphones on)”
Nice intro first track. It kind of reminds you of how awesome music just is as “an escape”. Noise canceling headphones could be one of the greatest inventions ever. The sucky thing about Watsky music is that the lyrics are usually too good to be study music. I can’t just listen to Watsky as a background music to studying very well, I find myself listening to the song and thinking about it and not reading. It is however great chill out/walking around/make me happy music.
Great lines:
“When I take a look around, and it feels like two’s a crowd, I don’t run and hide, I just smile real wide and I turn my music loud.”
“It’s not practical, to react to bull/ I was thinking too hard and I cracked my skull (ow!)”

Amplified
“The mike’s turned off, but I’m amplified”
It’s cool to hear the other artists Watsky collaborates with. Intelligent and epic indeed. And it is a good thing Watsky is around to lead the crowd.
Great lines:
“I’ve been tellin em the melanin’s irrelevant I’m yellin and you’ll feel it from the ceiling to the sediment/intelligent epic and reppin the Bay/you’re tripping if youre thinking that you’re getting away”
F*** An Emcee Name- Watsky Album, Youtube
I’ve had other people tell me this is their favorite track. It’s not my favorite but I do like it. The video is great and I do like that all of these videos have a very professional video quality to them. But even “Who’s Been Loving You” has a professional video quality to it, but it is still genuine (and funny) and not “commercial” at all.
Great lines:
“Here lies a fine emcee, the kind who grasps the fact that these aren’t circus acts to make you clap, it’s rap to make you think and act!”

Seizure Boy- Watsky Album, Soundcloud Mashup, Youtube Video
“It’s all too much”
This song is well, you know, poignant. After listening, you learn a little about Watsky and also about struggling with a hardship and having to deal with it when you’re young. I also really like that there are three versions of this song, all with slightly different backup music, but same Watsky lyrics.
Great lines:
“if my eyes glaze and my knees drift south/And you think to stick a credit card in my mouth/I take Mastercard and Visa for my risk rewards/I’m not biting my tongue, why don’t you bite yours?

G.O.A.T (W.G.M.F.M.C.)- Watsky Album
I don’t really like this song. I also don’t know what the title stands for. But I think that’s the point.
Waking Hour- Watsky Album, Soundcloud Mashup

“In the Waking Hour”
Talk about being honest. This one is not exactly G rated. Watsky, someone I’ve never met, is a lot more open and honest than a lot of people I have met. Also, Mariami singing. Dayum.
Great lines:
Just listen to the song for this one.

The Girl Next Door- Watsky Album
“It’s a song about the girl next door.”
This song exemplifies what I meant by telling a good story. You feel the emotion, you feel like you were the one cheated. I sound like a broken record, but the lyrical component of the whole thing is genius.
Great lines:
“It’s evident you think you’re helen of troy/but you’re hell in a handbasket/hell of a coy little cruella de vil/If it’s fitting you fill in/another filthy felony with every fella you thrill”

Run My Mouth- Watsky Album
“I know, you know”
Yeah, I know some people who like to run their mouths. And don’t we all say things we don’t quite mean sometimes?
Great lines:
“i’m a fast talker/louder than a brass knocker/cricket or a grasshopper”
“i guess that’s why they call me georgie porgie puddin pie/before i kiss my girl i put her on a sugar high”

Who’s Been Loving You- Watsky Album, Soundcloud Mashup, Youtube Video
“Who’s beeeeeeen looooooooooving youuuuuuuuuuu?”
A rather universal question I think. Maybe my second favorite song? I really like this video- it makes me think back to my childhood. We also get to see a glimpse of the life of Watsky.
Great lines:
“You are a good little fast talker”

I’ve Got This Love- Watsky Album, Youtube Video
“I’ve Got this Love because, because, because, because…”
This one is just packed full of great lyrics. It’s a peaceful song and…well just listen to it.
“It’s for the deaf kid in the aisle of the symphony/ who hears it through the rumble of the tuba and the timpani”
“and yes occasionally we get drunk and out of line/and last night, there’s a lamp post that I asked to be my valentine/Last night in my hot mess/That lamp post said yes”
“Because there’s furor over every juror paid off/and because the furor used to be a boy named Adolph”

Fight! Fight! Fight!- Watsky Album
“If you don’t like me…”
Good music and a good beat to go along with the fightin’ words.
“So far to lead us to indagadenevita/to seeking god in your freedom/to God I gotta lead a vida bonita/ cause see to lead a beautiful life/ is more than eating, sleeping and meeting suitable wife”
“said If you’re taller better follow who you’re stepping on/ Cause I’ll be brawling like the fighting Irish leprechaun”

Colored Lines- Watsky Album
“These colored lines, these colored mines”
Watsky tackles race relations. This song reminds me of Hercules in that it deals with stuff you don’t hear on other places.
“I write these colored lines ‘cause if I don’t I’ll lose my mind”

Hercules- Watsky Album
“I know I’m just as strong as Hercules”
There are two main definitions of awesome. One is the informal “wow that dude’s awesome!” (which applies to Watsky as a whole). But, this track is the other type of awesome: “causing feelings of fear and wonder : causing feelings of awe; awe inspiring”.
I heard the Soundcloud mashup version of this song first. I remember getting shivers by the end of it- there is just such a force and power behind this song. The music track behind the Soundcloud version is just so so so perfect. I lose track of everything else that is going on around me when this song comes on and I just listen and think.
I mention that Colored Lines and this song have a lot of similar themes. To me, this song is grappling with the fact that we all have a history, family and otherwise, from the minute we are born. What will the legacy of their actions be on our own lives? Must we atone for the sins of our fathers?
If I had to pick a favorite song, this would be it.
Great lines:
Eh, pretty much all of them…

Two Blue Moons- Watsky Album, Soundcloud Mashup
“I want to tell you my brother I feel the same way too”
I honestly didn’t really like this song the first couple of times I listened to it. I would just hit next. Then I gave it a chance and it turned out to be a favorite. It would be odd to be surprised by this, but the lyrics are of course great. It is a story of two brothers told to music. But in a classic Watsky fashion, it makes you feel an emotion in a way that most music does not. The Soundcloud version is OK, but the original is better.
Great lines:
“if we suffer i’ll be sentimental when we grow/get born, ready go, got a separate embryo/breaking like a levy though, wading through the heavy flow/when you see light let me know, bro

Everything Turns Gold- Watsky Album
“When the sun sits on the city…”
I feel like this song should be on the radio. Of course, I would have all Watsky on the radio. A lot, maybe most, of the songs on this album probably weren’t made or I don’t think are appropriate for the radio, but something about this one seems like even the most casual radio listener could like this song. This song has the beautiful background vocals, good music track, and of course the typical brilliant poetic Watsky lyrics. On the song itself, it is just sort of a nice, peaceful, reflective song. I think there might be undertones of death or at least old age?
Great lines:
“Polly want a collarbone?”
“I ate dirt as a baby/ I did it for the flavor/ in a couple years I’ll let the dirt return the favor.”
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Stupidass- Soundcloud, Youtube
“If I could go back…”
I didn’t even really notice that this isn’t on the Watsky album. Still, a fun song. Something everyone can probably relate to- wanting to go back in time. I like the whole song, but my favorite verse is the one in the Youtube video. The video is creative to match the song.
Great lines:
Some days I wake up and i wonder 'what would Buddha do?'/And then I jump into my fruity little Subaru
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Some Bonus Watsky not on the Album-
*Cumbersome- Watsky’s Dad’s Poem put to nice jazz and an awesome stop animation
“and died a crustacean Methuselah with a weighted screen above his head”
*Randos
I just really like the background music on this one- “Wahhhh wahhhh wah wahhhhhhhhhh”
*Reading Great Show
This isn’t even really a music track but it is still catchy. It is actually the announcement for the Watsky Album
“I put it on the table the best that I’m able/fresh from the oven like a sesame bagel
*Pale Kid Raps Fast
I dunno, someone told me about this and said it was good or something. :)
*Goat Fast Rapper
Goats and fast rapping
*Wikipedia Tribute
Hahah! Awesomely nerdy song.
“Frank Maudsley!”