New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Watsky

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Watsky What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I generally am of the strong opinion that the Vince Guaraldi Christmas album and the Oscar Peterson Christmas album are the best Christmas albums of all time," says rapper and writer Watsky while holding up The Isley Brothers' album I'll Be Home For Christmas. "But I'm willing to give Isley Brothers' Christmas a chance." Watsky was at Amoeba Hollywood recently picking up some records that were near and dear to him, as well as some albums he hadn't heard yet, including the aforementioned holiday album. A you would expect from the lauded writer and lyricist he had some interesting things to say about all of his picks.

George Virden Watsky, better known, simply, as Watsky, began his career as a highly-acclaimed slam poet. Considered the Bay Area's reigning teen slam poetry champion in the mid-'00s, he racked up Watsky x Infinity titles like Youth Speaks Grand Slam Poetry Champion and Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Champion. He has appeared on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Season Six.

Watsky broke into the music world with the release of his 2009 self-titled rap album. Through a series of mixtapes and studio LPs, his star began to rise in the underground hip-hop scene. His third studio album, All You Can Do, represented a major turning point, featuring production by Anderson .Paak and a video for lead single "Whoa Whoa Whoa" featuring Watsky plus Jim Belushi, Chinaka Hodge, Bo Burnham, and Julia Misaki. His most recent album is 2016's renowned x Infinity. In June 2016, he released a book of essays called How To Ruin Everything.

Watsky picked up a copy of F.U. Don't Take It Personal by Fu-Schnickens, praising member Chip Fu as "one of the most underrated MCs of all time." Another rapper he thought was "incredible" was Daveed Diggs, vocalist of the experimental hip-hop group clipping., adding, "I really love their production." Watsky also grabbed a copy of Patti Smith's seminal album Horses, stating that, like Smith, one of his backgrounds is in poetry, and he talks about the beat poetry tradition in his native San Francisco.

But which is Watsky's favorite Jim Henson movie of all time? And what album did he recently discover has been on repeat for the last six months on the Anchorage radio station 106.1 KONR? You'll have to watch the full "What's In My Bag?" episode below to find out!

Watsky - What's In My Bag?
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