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Born and raised in San Francisco, Watsky hit the scene as a slam poet/spoken-word artist, winning various awards and appearing on HBO's Def Poetry Jam in 2006. A few years later, after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, he found YouTube fame with a viral video of him speed-rapping, leading to a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He's since released several EPs, mixtapes, and collaborations. Cardboard Castles is his second official studio album, following his 2009 self-titled debut. Rocking a stereotypical white-guy voice, he delivers rapid-fire verses heavy on the humor, with plenty of pop culture references and absolutely no fake gangster/wannabe drug-lord shenanigans. The production (from Kush Mody, Mikos, and Daniel J. W!shington) is charmingly unpredictable, a mish-mash of random genres that fits perfectly with Watsky's proudly goofy rhymes about cheese fries, hipsters, Volvos, smartphones, and Star Wars. He's kind of like the bastard child of Eminem and MC Paul Barman.

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Censored version

Just so you know this is clean version...I am a little upset but thats what I get for not checking it first.

Clean Version

This is the clean version and its not as good if you truly love his songs and all his lyrics get the explicit version because this is the clean. Still good though.

Love this album!!

I'm obsessed with this album I can't wait till his next album comes out!!


Born: September 15, 1986 in San Francisco , CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '10s

Like so many rappers before him, Watsky owes a bit of thanks to Def Jam founder Russell Simmons, but unlike the others, this slam-poet-turned-rapper was introduced to the world via the HBO television series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. Born George Virden Watsky in San Francisco, the teen won numerous poetry slams in the Bay Area. A move to Boston for college coincided with national poetry slam tours; in 2007, he teamed with Daniel Riera and Max Miller-Loran -- both former San Franciscans...
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