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George Watsky is a rapper, writer and performer from San Francisco now living in Los Angeles. A versatile lyricist who switches between silly and serious, technically complex and simply heartfelt, George won the Brave New Voices National Poetry Slam in 2006. Immediate after, George appeared on the final season of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry in 2007 while a himself college Freshman and subsequently performed at over 150 universities across the country. Rapping all the while under the name ‘Watsky,’ George self-released the barely-heard jazz-hip hop record ‘Invisible Inc’ in 2007 and the self-titled ‘Watsky’ in 2010, which peaked at #7 on the iTunes hip hop charts. In January 2011 George’s fast rapping went viral and led to two appearances on the Ellen Show, a slot on Last Call with Carson Daly, and an exploding online profile. George has performed at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, the NAACP Image Awards on FOX, three times at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and has been featured in XXL, Billboard Magazine, the New York Times Magazine. Watsky’s social media presence made him one of only 23 artists dubbed by ‘The Next Big Sound’ as a ‘Big Sound of 2011,’ alongside Mac Miller, Kreayshawn and Skrillex.
George graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in “Writing and Acting for the Screen and Stage.”
Raw Russ Biography
2012 marks the two year occupation of Colorado by Raw Russ, the co-owner of the fresh and budding Elm and Oak record label. With Elm and Oak headquarters located in Boulder, Raw Russ has been integral in the introduction of new music to the Colorado scene. Mixing various styles from hip-hop to dub-step, and electro-house to fresh moombahton. There is no doubt. This will make you dance. Drawing upon over a decade of DJ experience Raw Russ brings you debut mixture Hot Dogs & Tacos. This 40 minute mix will be cramming your ear canals with gritty, head-bobbing swagger. Keep watch.