It's possible you're unfamiliar with Kansas City rhymer Gee Watts
. He has released some solid mixtapes and albums in recent years and delivered some blistering live performances, but has flown under the radar even within KC's hip-hop scene. But Watts' powder keg of potential looks like it might be set to erupt: He just released a song with arguably the hottest rapper on the planet.
Last night, Watts dropped "Watts R.I.O.T." - featuring Kendrick Lamar - onto the Internet, and it was quickly picked up by hip-hop blogs like Nah Right , Hip Hop DX and 2 Dope Boyz. The track will appear on Watts' mixtape Watts Up, due out April 7.
There's a bit of history between Watts and Lamar. Awhile back, Lamar posted this tweet in praise of Gee Watts:
Watts later recorded with Lamar in Lamar's tour bus around the time of the "Club Paradise" tour with Drake and A$AP Rocky at Sprint Center last March. Here's
some video from that session. And listen to "Watts R.I.O.T." here
Chris Milbourn writes about local music online at demencha.com.