Gee Watts is out to put Kansas City on the hip-hop map and do so by spreading a positive message in his music. He has gained a buzz with a feature from the man of the moment, Kendrick Lamar, who Watts respects for taking the positive high road in his rhymes. Watts is not content with just being successful though, “I’m trying to be the best that ever did it, take it to a level that Jay Z hasn’t taken it yet. We are trying to be the first hip-hop billionaires. We learn from our elder’s mistakes and the youth is always supposed to take it to a level above,” he explained. Mechanical Dummy sat down with Midwest artist to learn about his plan to take it to the very top.
Words by N.Sella
Mechanical Dummy: What’s your name and what do you create?
Gee Watts: My name is Gee Watts and I create “reality music” in the words of Trinidad James.
MD: What are you trying to bring to the game that’s different?
GW: Keeping it real and giving the youth a real message. And of course getting that money so my people can eat.
MD: There’s not a lot of opportunity in Kansas City for young people, is that something you are aware of when you are making music? Opening new lanes for young people?
GW: Yeah, That’s what I’m all about.
MD: What do you think getting that cosign from Kendrick did for your career and confidence?
GW: It was a very good look and he didn’t have to sign off on me using that song, it was actually supposed to be for his album. That’s what he told me at the time. It was cool; he didn’t have to do that. When he gave me the cosign it solidified what we were doing was right. I haven’t come by anybody yet that tells me my music is wack or what we doing isn’t good, and he was one of them. So hearing that from people who got a voice and it actually means something, lets you know what you doing is going in the right direction. Nigga can’t be overly satisfied but it’s a good confidence builder to let us know we in the right direction.
MD: When did you realize you first wanted to start making music?
GW: I’ve been writing raps since I was young but Jesse was the first to tell me to record and that was in like January 2010. The first song I ever recorded was in December 2009. When I said ‘yeah we gonna do this’ was in 2010. So we’ve been at it for roughly 3 years and I feel like just now I’m coming into my own.
MD: What was the thing that kept you going and kept you inspired?
GW: One being that my lyrics was better than most niggas out, my bars are not matched and I don’t know many people that can go head up me. Matter of fact, on K.Dot’s song I went head up with him on that. I had 15 minutes to do my thing. That’s a God given gift and I know that. I can’t piss on God and not take my gift to the fullest, that’d be a smack in the face. And I got a daughter and I want to provide for my family, my homies and people in the city. It’s a lot that goes into continuing the journey.
MD: Your gift for writing, was that used in school or anything? Or just for music?
GW: Nah, the only thing I write is rap. I guess poetry is like rap, rap stands for rhythm-assisted poetry. Whenever I write raps with no beats I guess I was a poem technically but I still had a beat. I knew I had a gift for that. Not like I went to school to write better or anything.
MD: Who are some of your musical influences?
GW: Nas, Tupac, Kendrick, Loaded Lux, Kanye, Jay Electronica and Hov. I think If Jay Elec would get off his ass he could be Tupac again with the message he is saying.
MD: Do you think you can change the community and things around you using your music?
GW: Not necessarily me changing it but the God that dwells in me. We all have God or the Devil inside of us and allow one of them to work. I think a lot of rappers are allowing the bullshit to work versus the good in them. That’s why I’m thankful that Kendrick came along and made it cool to be positive. Yeah hip-hop can change a nation but it’s on us to make sure that change in the change we want for our community.
MD: Have you found it hard to be positive?
GW: People in Kansas City don’t really support until they see the rest of the world support, that’s why it took so long for Tech Nine to get on. That’s the significance of the Kendrick Lamar feature so the city got to see, let’s take him serious. I grew up there so it’s nothing new to me.
MD: Did you sign a deal?
GW: Nah, nah. Like I told my homies, I’m not signing shit until they can change my family’s life. We in talks with a couple labels, a couple majors.
MD: Why are you taking your time with singing to a label?
GW: It’s not even about staying independent; we got to get our foot in the door because no one in Kansas City has done that. I know I need to get that major label budget and major label backing.
MD: What’s your ultimate goal?
GW: The ultimate goal is to lead lives to a positive realm, to lead the youth to a more prosperous future for themselves, to build up the women in our community, to build up the kids in our community and ultimately spread that message of love. Love will save us all. God is good.