Continuing in his quest to release videos for each of the songs on his latest album x Infinity, Watsky releases “Don’t Be Nice” today! Check out the video above or by clicking here!
Watsky Featured on The Hamilton Mixtape!
Out now, Watsky performs “An Open Letter (Interlude)” feat. Shockwave on The Hamilton Mixtape. Check out why Lin-Manuel Miranda added Watsky to the incredible roster of artists and what folks are saying about the song. Watsky also takes some time to chat with Billboard about the song and how he and Miranda came to collaborate.
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”An Open Letter (Interlude)”
“I met Lin-Manuel Miranda through the internet. I think our first connection may have been, he did this event in the White House with Barack Obama in 2008 when he was first elected, there was a poetry event there that included a lot of poets that I know from Def Poetry Jam, so we had a lot of mutual friends and became familiar with each other’s work and started messaging back and forth. And I did one of the #Ham4Ham events when he was running ticket lotteries for the show, then I asked him to [contribute to] my essay collection that was coming up through Plume and he was gracious enough to do that. And then he just invited me to be part of the tape. I was extremely thrilled by it. I haven’t known him for that long; it’s just a mutual aesthetic appreciation that started through the internet….”
“Watsky, famous on YouTube for his lightning-speed rapping, is a friend of Miranda’s. ‘I actually wrote a soliloquy that I had Watsky in my head for of a drummer boy on the front line of Yorktown,’ he says. While he might resurrect that piece for The Hamilton Mixtape Vol. 2, Miranda was thrilled to have Watsky, with ‘his ability to sort of triple-time and do these incredible lyrical runs,’ record this discarded rap of Alexander Hamilton’s insults to President John Adams.” – Entertainment Weekly
“Some of the new tracks on the mixtape also double down on criticism of the second president John Adams, who was notorious for his temper, paranoia, and bizarre moods, and whom San Francisco slam poet Watsky mocks in Hamilton’s voice on ‘An Open Letter,’ saying ‘you’re always goin’ beserk / but you never show up to work.’ The new song closes with the promise ‘I don’t care if I kill my career with this letter / I’m confining you to one term.’ If you squint a little, it’s pretty timely.” – The Verge
“We only get to hear a snippet of Hamilton’s furious letter to John Adams—pared down, and lightly paraphrased, to ‘Sit down, John, you fat motherfucker’—but this extended version by San Francisco slam poet Watsky is so fun that it should have been a full-length diss track. (Maybe something to keep in mind for volume 2?)” – Slate