out perform // outlast // out work
It isn’t often that an artist grabs me right off the bat. I usually browse through their songs for a while before I connect with them, sit and think about what they say, and come to an educated decision as to whether or not to continue exploring their work. For every artist you see featured on this website, there are dozens more that simply did not make the cut. Once in a great while, however, a song will stop my world. It will reach through my speakers and pull me in fast, holding me there until it is finished. Meet Watson: one of the first artists to make me stop everything and listen to his entire EP before continuing on with my life. Watson has a unique approach to his rap career. While most of his colleagues glorify drugs, sex, violence and a self centered mentality, Watson uses his music to inspire people to live a healthier lifestyle. He asks what it means to be human. He explores struggles and encourages his listeners to overcome impossible odds. I listened to Watson’s entire EP three times in the first day, and showed it to my coworkers and family. From the first song I knew that I had stepped into something different. I empathized with him through the first three tracks, laughed during “Girls with Curves“, nodded fiercely to “Words are Bullets“, and cried as “Father O Father” touched my heart. Watson is a preacher in his own right, spreading a message of hope and love to crowds of fans. As you will see in our interview, Watson’s material originates from a life of conquering odds that no man should have to face. He quickly joined the ranks of my favorite artists, sitting in my top 4 with Malece Miller, Spence Mills, and Soren Bryce Martin. I am proud to stand by him and I look forward to supporting whatever Watson decides to do next!
[Watson] Haha, yes! Macklemore had a huge influence on my music. Not just my style, but why I make the kind of hip hop I do. When I saw someone step out and make positive hip hop again, it encouraged me to want to write more. Back in the day on the music I grew up with, you would hear hip hop artist talking about the drugs and streets and violence, but they were telling you how bad they wanted out of it, and how much they hated it. And today, it feels like hip hop has really turned into nothing but glorifying that kind of life style, and I have personally lived that lifestyle for years, and there is nothing glorious about not being able to eat or have somewhere to sleep or robbing somebody. Honestly it is just an incredibly sad and lonely way to live. That being said, I do think some of it is catchy, I would just prefer to write music that people connect with and can listen to for years. Macklemore kinda gave me the boost to want to do it, and the whole Seattle hip hop scene right now is on fire. I absolutely love Seattle hip hop!
[Watson] Actually there are some more video ideas. I will be releasing a video for Father O’ Father in the next few weeks, along with finishing some filming for Living For This. And when I return home from tour in August I will be filming the video for Girls With Curves and possibly Tale Of Two. But, we are hitting the road for a few weeks again in the fall and are trying to do the A3C festival in Atlanta along with a couple shows at SXSW so we will see how much time we have.
[Watson] Spence is an amazing producer. And I found him online, I spend hours and hours online listening to beats before one really clicks with me. I really enjoy beats that use real instruments, and that are well produced. Spence’s beats are all of those. It is one thing to have beats that sound ok through computer monitors, but when I take my beats into an actual studio to record, it is nice to not have to have the engineer do anymore leveling or mastering and Spence really has an ear for music.
[Watson] I love new school tattoos, and the majority of the merch I sell has a tattoo that I personally have on it. I have been in love with an amazing girl for the past two years, who was the inspiration for Girls With Curves & Fights and Sacrifices. I have never been west past Mississippi until I went on this national tour this summer. And, before I started taking music more seriously I was a junior accounting major.
Watson inspired and challenged me with his intelligent lyrics. He excited me with his style and turned my thoughts to the people around me. The combination of high quality art and a heart for others shot him to the top of the list of artists that OOTWW will do its best to promote. If you’d like to explore his work for yourself, you can find him:
On Soundcloud and iTunes
On Twitter @WatsonLark1
That’s it for today, pumped up and ready for action- I’m Chancy Johnson, still here bringing them:
Out of the Woodwork.