George Watsky is an American rapper, performer, and writer who appeared in Season 6 of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. He is renowned for his slam poetry.
He was born on September 15, 1986.
Watsky has a twin brother, Simon.
His parents are Paul and Clare Watsky.
George has described himself as “half Jewish” (on his father’s side).
Watsky started slam poetry at the age of 15.
As a teenager, Watsky has won numerous poetry slams in the Bay Area. George was even part of the team which finished 4th place in the national contest.
Watsky attended Emerson College in Boston, MA and earned a B.A. in “Writing and Acting for the Screen and Stage.”
In 2004, George co-wrote an adaptation of Dante’s Divine Comedy for the Living Word Festival.
In 2006, he won the Brave New Voices National Poetry Slam.
In the follow-up year, he appeared on the final season of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.
In 2009, George produced a 15-track hip hop album, named – ”Watsky.”
Later that year, George was one of 3 poets who performed live on FOX at the NAACP Image Awards.
In January 2011, Watsky’s fast rapping went viral and led to several appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, an American TV comedy talk show that is hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, an American actress and television host (from 1994 to 1998, DeGeneres starred in two TV sitcoms).
The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s YouTube channel is in the top 20 most-subscribed YouTube channels. Up until 2019, The Ellen DeGeneres Show has won 61 Daytime Emmy Awards and has received 166 Daytime Emmy Award nominations.
On January 17, 2011, George uploaded a video, called – “Pale kid raps fast” to YouTube.
Steel Wool Media
In 2012, Watsky started a production company, named – Steel Wool Media.
In the same year, he released a free mixtape, called – ”Nothing Like The First Time.”
In January 2013, George announced he would be releasing a new album – ”Cardboard Castles.”
In May 2013, he appeared in season four of Arrested Development.
His 2014 single “Sarajevo” features Dia Frampton, an American singer-songwriter who plays percussion instruments during live performances. In 2015, Frampton released an EP with the band ARCHIS. Dia and her sister Meg Frampton formed the musical duo, Meg & Dia.
In 2011, Frampton released the album Red, which charted at #1 on the United States Heatseekers chart. She is also a runner-up on the first season of NBC’s The Voice.
On July 8, 2016, George announced a new album, called – ”x Infinity.”
In 2018, the artist appeared as Tanner in the film Blindspotting.
In the 2019 New Year Day, he compiled 16 songs that reflect the beginnings and growth he is looking forward to experiencing.
Songs that are part of his list are:
- Warren G and Nate Dogg’s “Regulate”;
- Oliver Tree’s “When I’m Down”;
- Noname’s “Reality Check”.
“To me, a New Year is all about the meaning we assign to the moment.”
On January 11, 2019, George announced that he will release his fifth studio album, titled – ”Complaint.” Also, he announced that he will start a North American tour.
Before the release of the album, George said:
”I’ve had some very joyful, and some very painful experiences over the past year. I wanted all of that to be on the record.”
On March 6, 2020, Watsky released his sixth album, ”Placement.”
He started his YouTube channel, named – ”WATSKY!” on March 29, 2007. The channel has over 171 million views and more than 959,000 subscribers.
He once said:
”YouTube is a big thing for me; I release a lot of music videos because that’s the biggest Social Media platform that I have.”
On June 14, 2016, George published a book titled – ”How to Ruin Everything: Essays.” It describes his time on the road, painting a picture of despair that cast a shadow over rural American towns.
The book received public praise from many celebrities, including:
- Chinaka Hodge;
- Lin-Manuel Miranda;
- Myq Kaplan;
- John Green;
- Rhys Darby;
- Russell Simmons;
- Adam Mansbach;
- Jeff Chang;
- Hasan Minhaj.
”How to Ruin Everything: Essays” entered the top ten in The NY Times Best Seller list.
In February 2019, George said he is working on another book.
“I’m working on writing a book, slowly. I’m saying that because I want to put it out into the world.”
In a different interview, he said:
”In my head, I have the epic science-fiction novel that I’m writing.”
On May 28, 2011, George kept a TEDx talk.
He released the following albums:
- Placement (2020);
- Complaint (2019);
- x Infinity (2016);
- All You Can Do (2014);
- Cardboard Castles (2013);
- Watsky (2009).
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”I’m not going to put an album out with just upbeat sounds, or party songs or downtempo songs.”
”I didn’t grow up with any kind of formal religious background.”
”I rap in a more linear way from top-to-bottom, because I want to flow really smoothly.”
”Maintaining silence is so important to being able to actually have people’s full attention.”
”The biggest impact for me is that my music has more rock in it than I ever would have expected, and I was anti-rock.”
”Some people are more of a fan of my poetry than they are of my music ‘cause that’s how they’re introduced to my work.”
From 2017 to 2018, George Watsky has been in a relationship with American actress Anna Akana.
George is currently dating Amber Giles, known professionally as Mija. Amber describes her musical style as “fk a genre.”
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George Watsky – Net Worth
Watsky earned most of his wealth from his music, especially from selling his albums and going on tours.
Additionally, he was featured on Season 6 of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. Also, George sells merch on his website – store.georgewatsky.com. Therefore, George Watsky has an estimated net worth of $1 million.
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