Putting words together is what George Watsky has always done.
Since his days as a slam poet in San Francisco, people have paid attention to his words.
The poet, hip-hop artist and author says his latest effort, “x Infinity,” is his biggest achievement yet.
“It’s been a year and a half of my life,” he says of the album. “I’ve been sitting down and polishing the songs up. It’s finally out, and I’m excited.”
Watsky’s rise to fame has been a steady one.
He was featured in the second episode of the sixth season of “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.”
And in 2006, he was named the Youth Speaks Grand Slam Poetry Champion.
His debut album, “Invisible Inc” was released in 2007, and he has since put out four more full-length albums and four EPs.
Over the course of his career, one thing has remained true for Watsky. He edits himself harshly.
“I’m really hard on myself and hold all of it to a certain standard,” he says. “Every time I write 16 bars, it goes under so many revisions. I’m looking for the perfect word to fill the void. There’s always tinkering going. And many people have told me a piece of art is only done when it gets taken away from you.”
Watsky, 29, started doing music and poetry simultaneously.
“My music took a while to catch on,” he says. “But they definitely naturally go together. It’s been a natural progression, and I love the two forms.”
Watsky is on a national tour in support of “x Infinity.”
And being the headliner is a mind-blowing experience.
“I don’t know when I went from the rookie to the veteran,” he says. “I think back to 2012 and going out on tour and thinking it’s not going to work. I’m the one who has the miles under his belt.”
During the time Watsky was working on his latest album, he also found time to write his first book, “How to Ruin Everything.”
“I wanted to complete the book first, because that’s more of a process,” he says. “It’s all worked out pretty well.”