Watsky: The bard of Beantown

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 14, 2010

“My biggest qualm with the spoken-word scene,” he explains, “is that if you’re hearing someone yell at you for three minutes straight, then you’re going to shut off immediately. That’s not the type of work I want to put out there. I want people to be able to listen and think and hear my opinions without tuning out.”

Although major labels seem to be signing every skilled whiteboy with neon hightops and a baby face, Watsky has so far been overlooked by the so-called frat-rap establishment. That despite his wicked smarts, quick delivery, breath control, sweet videos, and friendly beats. Perhaps the day will come when heady rhymes sell more than raps about road head.

Until that time, Watsky is content with his fringe acclaim. “There are people who are befuddled by what I’m trying to do, or who, for example, don’t really get my metaphors. But while some people might not know what I’m talking about, for those who do know what I’m talking about, my raps resonate a little more. Maybe my audience is smaller than it would be if I was putting out the simplest stuff that I can think of. That’s tough, but if I don’t play to the top of my intelligence, it won’t matter how many people listen, because I’ll feel like shit about it.”

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