[George] Watsky is a rapper, writer and performer from San Francisco now living in Los Angeles. In 2013, he released his second studio album Cardboard Castles under the Welk Music Group/Steel Wool/Universal label. Fed largely by positive word of mouth, the album charted on Billboard and shot to #1 on the iTunes hip-hop chart and #9 across all genres. It was later then supported by an international headlining tour, selling out venues in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, London, Berlin, Copenhagen and more.
In addition to his musicality, Watsky is an award-winning poet. In 2006, he won the Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals and the Brave New Voices National Poetry Slam, and immediately following appeared on the final season of “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry” on HBO.
After performing his spoken word act at hundreds of universities across the country and relocating to LA, he saw his fast rapping go viral online in 2011, leading to a skyrocketing online profile and two appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as well being featured in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Pollstar, XXL and Billboard. Over the years, Watsky has amassed more than 200,000 Facebook fans, nearly 700,000 YouTube followers with more than 250 million total hits.