“His name is George Watsky. He's pale. He's bugged out. He's talented. He raps very fast.
And he's got the Internet going nuts." - The Source: Jan. 20, 2011.
Since exploding onto the music scene in 2011 with his breakthrough viral track “Pale Kid Raps Fast,” George Watsky, known simply as “WATSKY,” has quickly established himself as one of the hottest emerging talents on the hip hop/rap scene. Raised in San Francisco, CA by his librarian mother and psychotherapist father, Watsky's pedigree instilled him with a sharp eye to analyze life and a vast love of words to quickly create lyrical artistry from his observations. At the age of 15, Watsky found an outlet for his talents after watching an episode of Def Poetry Jam, saying “From that moment forward, I was just in love with that art form and I’ve never stopped doing it.” During his freshman year of college, he won the 2006 Brave New Voices National Poetry Slam, which led to a starring role on the final season of HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and subsequently performed at 150 universities across the country. He self-released the jazz/hip hop record “Invisible, Inc.” in 2007 and in 2010 released the self-titled “Watsky,” which peaked at #7 on the iTunes hip hop charts. The following year he debuted at the top of Billboard’s Social 50 chart with the track “Pale Kid Raps Fast,” and in the months that followed his fan base skyrocketed along with his music. By the end of 2011, his subsequent music videos and “Epic Rap Battles of History” collaboration gained him more than 80 million viral views, a top trending spot on Twitter as well as two appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a profile on Last Call with Carson Dalyand across-the-board media praise from the likes of XXL, Billboard and New York Times Magazine.
– This summer WATSKY headlines his first 22-city tour called "Nothing Like the First Time"
– WATSKY will join the iconic ROCK THE BELLS festival tour, performing alongside some of the biggest/amost respected names in hip hop/rap including Missy Elliott/Timbaland, Nas, Common, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa, Ice Cube, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Method Man/Redman. 08/18-19 in San Bernardino, CA, 08/25-26 in Mountain View, CA and 09/01-02 in Holmdel, NJ.
– On Monday, July 2nd, WATSKY'S MAKING AN ALBUM, A new mockumentary series featuring George Watsky, will debut on the new pop-culture channel, LOUD, slated to launch on YouTube™ . WATSKY'S MAKING AN ALBUM will give viewers a hilarious inside look at the comedy of errors that ensues when Watsky attempts to take his career to the next level by packing his album with big name guest stars and pop legends and preps for the July 1st kick-off of his first national headlining tour, http://georgewatsky.com/tour.
Watzky Performances & Appearances
Two guest/performances on the Ellen DeGeneres Show
Profile on Last Call With Carson Daly
Performance at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal
Performance on the NAACP Image Awards on Fox
Three time performer at theKennedyCenterinWashington,D.C.
Performed at the iconic Apollo Theater, The San Francisco Opera House, and the Shrine Auditorium
Has shared billing with Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt and Muhammad Ali.
“Don’t get it twisted… George Watsky is not a gimmick.” – XXL Magazine
“George Watsky, you are so crazy talented… I’ve never met anybody like you before.” – Ellen DeGeneres