What a dooofy nerdy white guy, right? BUT DAMN, can he rap, and FAST. This was his break-out youtube video that made him a bit famous.
I first discovered George Watsky through Speech & Debate when looking for a poetry pieces to perform, Watsky is a famous slam poet who writes just gorgeous poems that are typically a bit controversial, but they always really sit well with me and make me re-think things. Plus they are always PUN LOADED, which I am a sucker for.
Here’s a song featuring Kate Nash, ‘Hey Asshole’
The song is pretty goofy, here are some of the lyrics:
Got the power of my will
I don’t needa to win a mil
But I’m looking at window sill
Gotta take a bitter pill
Gonna pay for what I did to my head and my heart’ll foot the bill
Got a foot in my mouth and because I’m kicking myself I developed a habit of knocking out my front tooth
Want to hear the truth
Give it to me straight
Telling myself it’ll happen when I’m happy but I’m climbing up a ladder that has got no end
Hung up on a rung I’ll never make it to the top, I’m looking at the bottom and I must descend
All I want to do is buck this trend
Everybody need a buck to spend
And I’ll be working on myself, til I work on someone else, til I get there Ima just pretend
While Watsky is typically a very ironic, witty guy, this song is a bit harder/ touches on depression. His songs/ poems always have a tinge of silliness to them, but they typically touch on more serious stuff too.
Here’s a really fun/ silly cover of Kanye and Jay-Z’s ‘Niggas in Paris’
Here’s something that some might not consider music, because it’s just him doing slam poetry, but he is definitely speaking in a certain pattern/ rhythm that gives it a musical quality. This also gives a look at what an incredible slam poet/ lyricist he is.
So while Watsky might not exactly be Rock & Roll, I just wanted to share some links to some raps/ poems that I’m passionate about and enjoy.