gee watts

Gee Watts raps about survival because it’s a necessity.

We may have a few more weeks left before using the trope “2016 sucked ass on a global level” gets played out. The more you begin to count the good moments and separate them from the bad, the pile of bad moments still will be too damn big to ignore. But those little moments are pretty special and need be cherished. Every day above ground or not within the belly of the beast is what keeps Gee Watts happy. The Kansas City native helped contribute and watched as his native land experienced an honest-to-God good year rap wise. Local stars became viral ones (Rory Fresco’s “Lowkey”). People came to the city and began slowly mining talent. It was a happy period.

And in terms of Gee Watts, it wasn’t. The days may not be as dark and close to morbidness. But friends are still getting locked up for trying to survive on their own terms. His raspy voice is just as pained looking backwards while trying to pull forward. His CaviArt tape was supposed to drop but then it didn’t. Instead he pocketed a movement and kept going. “I Still Love HER” is a nod to all of those thoughts and releases. The light production that sounds like a distorted Final Fantasy chapter is a little off but Watts picks up momentum rather quickly. “Nights almost lost my life, ducking bullet shells; karma always got her price, payback for hitting mills.”

“I Still Love HER” is a rapper doing that “use hip-hop for a metaphor” thing Common did almost 23 years ago. Except when your hip-hop can also double as a endless chapter of dead ends, it means you’re looking to survive more than anything. Gee Watts wants to survive in this rap thing – by any and all means.