Cardboard Castles by Watsky on Apple Music

17 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About Watsky

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 living in Boston -- and launched the poetry-rap group Invisible Inc. The trio released their self-titled debut album that same year. In 2009, Watsky released a solo self-titled album, and in 2010, his vocals were lifted off the LP, remixed with popular pop tracks, and released as Guilty Pleasures. After Cardboard Castles followed in 2013, he signed with Kevin Morrow's Steel Wool label. The deal resulted in the autobiographical LP All You Can Do (2014), as well as X Infinity (2016), both of which peaked well within the top half of the Billboard 200. ~ David Jeffries

  • ORIGIN
    San Francisco , CA
  • BORN
    Sep 15, 1986

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