San Francisco-born George Watsky took a different approach than most to building a hip hop career. With a smart mouth and talent for rhyme, a high-school aged Watsky found himself on poetry slam stages around Northern California and quickly became recognized as one of the Bay’s most dominant poetry slammers. After winning the national youth poetry slam at the Apollo Theater in 2006, the then-twenty-year-old found himself performing on HBO’s ‘Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam’ alongside Mos Def and Talib Kweli.
Determined to break into music, Watsky released his projects independently, starting with 2007’s Invisible Inc, while simultaneously performing hundreds of solo spoken word gigs at colleges around the country. Watsky’s online profile exploded in 2011 with a viral fast rap video and subsequent appearances on Ellen and the Carson Daly Show. Since then Watsky has added seven releases to his catalog and hit the Billboard charts, his 2013 album ‘Cardboard Castles’ climbing to number 7 on the overall iTunes charts and his 2014 album ‘All You Can Do’ reaching number 6. He has toured extensively backed by his stellar live band ‘Crème Fraiche,’ including three national headlining tours, three European Tours, dates in Australia and India, the 2014 Vans Warped Tour and festival appearances at Outside Lands, Bumbershoot, Soundset, the London Wireless Festival and many more. Along the way, he’s amassed hundreds of millions of YouTube views and built a global audience of diehard fans hooked on his lightning-fast bars, pop culture punchlines, provocative hooks and high-energy live shows.
Summer 2015’s ‘Meaner Than the Average Tour’ will take Watsky across Canada and the US, featuring fellow Bay Area rapper A-1 and DJ Mikos Da Gawd of Soulection. In sync with the tour, Watsky is releasing his concert album, ‘Live! From the Regency’ available for free June 2nd on most platforms, through Steel Wool Records and Empire Distribution.