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In this Articulate exclusive, slam poet-turned-rapper Watsky performs “Tiny Glowing Screens, Pt. 2” off his 2013 album, Cardboard Castles, in the Stotesbury Mansion in 2015.

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Watsky is a slam poet turned rapper known for his fast-paced vocal delivery and versatile lyrics.

Born as George Watsky in San Francisco in 1986, he won several slam poetry competitions as a teenager and placed fourth in the National Youth Poetry Slam in 2006. He recorded his first hip-hop album in 2009 after graduating from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2011, his humorous video “Pale Kid Raps Fast” became a viral phenomenon, garnering over 25 million views. His 2013 album Cardboard Castles topped the iTunes hip hop charts. His next record, All You Can Do (2014) peaked at number 33 on the Billboard top 100. He released his sixth studio album, Placement, in 2020.

In May 2020, during the COVID lockdown, Watsky rapped consecutively for 33 hours, 33 minutes, and 19 seconds, setting the world record for the longest continuous freestyle rap and raising over $140,000 for artists affected by the pandemic. He published a book of essays, How to Ruin Everything, in 2016.