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Watts Happening

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What's It Worth
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Triple Double feat. Theory Hazit
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No Delay feat. Surreal of The Sound
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Shorty Shouts
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Model Citizen
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Few and Far Between
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Eyes and Ears feat. Jneiro Jarel and Shape of Broad Minds
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Roc the Bells feat. Lightheaded
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Adaptacao feat. Tita Lima
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Saywhayusay / A Teaspoon of Sugar (Interlude)
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Are You Satisfied
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Dedicated
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Memory Lane feat. Genahral Victor
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Found / Clap on Clap
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Work For Wealth feat. Ragen Fykes & Barry Hampton of Triple Grip
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The Platyus Strut
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Freak Out!!!
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Gone With the Wind
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Total Tracks: 18   Total Length: 67:56

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Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

04.22.11
Ohmega Watts, Watts Happening
Label: Ubiquity Records

Ohmega Watts returns for a second slab of wide-ranging hip-hop on Watts Happening and not a moment too soon. In a struggling indie hip-hop market, Watts is a breath of fresh air, dropping enough thoughtful rhymes and quality productions to keep heads satiated until the next go-round. Watts is sufficient lyrically, but the real star here is the beats, which go from marimba-aided bossa nova ("Adaptacao") to chunky updates on the old school ("Few and… read more »

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This opus seems to be a natural evolution... like the next logical step after its predecessor since we find within it the generous spirit of musical diversity, the lyrical intelligence and the positive ambiance that was pervasive throughout his album "The Find". "Watts Happening" hearkens to mind those sunny days that instill within you a sense of joy from the moment you awake, from the strikingly refreshing funky/soul reinterpretations to the more classical and unexpected moments... all the while holding it together with a familiar brand of high quality hip hop that is absolutely indisputable. www.bokson.net

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(I think I've followed Bokson before doing this.This is a rough translate (via AltaVista Babelfish) French to English of the previous French review. English grammar is off because the tool just translates So I put Stars around the "weird phrases.") This opus seems to be registered naturally like a logical continuation of its predecessor, since one finds there this generosity, this musical diversity, this intelligence of the lyrics, and this positive environment which perspired already throughout "The Find". "Watts Happening" breathes the sunny days which put to you of a jovial mood *dice the alarm clock, assene* some versions funky/soul as refreshing and effective as others more traditional and unexpected. All keeping like common point the mark of a hip hop groovy of an undeniable quality www.bokson.net

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Cet opus semble s'inscrire naturellement comme une suite logique de son prédécesseur, puisqu'on y retrouve cette générosité, cette diversité musicale, cette intelligence des lyrics, et cette ambiance positive qui transpiraient déjà tout au long de "The Find". "Watts Happening" respire les journées ensoleillées qui vous mettent d'une humeur joviale dés le réveil, assène quelques versions funky/soul aussi rafraîchissantes et efficaces que d'autres plus classiques et inattendues. Toutes gardant comme point commun la marque d'un hip hop groovy d'une qualité incontestable. www.bokson.net

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Ohmega Watts, the Seattle-by-way-of-Florida-by-way-of-Queens producer/MC, shows off his formidable skills on his second full-length, Watts Happening, an album as equally concerned, if not more so, with his beat-making as it is with his rhymes. As it stands, this isn’t a bad move, as Watts, though able and sure behind the mic, is much more interesting behind the boards and synths. While his words traverse the typical backpacker fare — societal and political problems, relationships, his love of hip-hop — the tracks he lays down show off a much more complex artist with a diverse array of influences. Besides the straightforward MPC-plus-sample-oriented (but well done) numbers like “What It’s Worth,” “Eyes & Ears,” and “Triple Double,” Watts explores bossa nova (“Adaptico” and “Saywhayusay”), neo-soul (“Work for Wealth”), and variations of funk (“Freak Out,” “Are You Satisfied,” and “The Platypus Strut”), and does a good job with each of them, displaying his own, more modern take on things (his heavy use of synths, for example) within the malleable confines of the others he clearly loves. And he has a brightness, a warmth to his music that manages to be attractive and compelling without being cheesy or trite. Even his lyrics, while they sometimes slip into the cliché (like in the unfortunate but well-intentioned closer, “Gone with the Wind”), are able to express his feelings and ideas in a relatable but not-always-predictable way. “Found,” for example, the requisite born-again track (although Watts, a Christian, avoided most conspicuously religious statements in his debut, The Find, he addresses his beliefs more frankly here) doesn’t try to preach or convert but rather describe and explain his transition, and “Model Citizen” (“What if you could just be a kid again and waste the day/Never worry about life or tooth decay,” he rhymes) discusses the state of radio, the music industry, and the life of a contemporary child without complaining angrily or bitterly. Because Ohmega Watts isn’t an angry or bitter man, and this is evident in his music, it makes Watts Happening just as intelligent, well-crafted, and interesting as its creator. [The album also comes with a bonus disc, comprised solely of the instrumental versions of his songs, a must-have for fans of Watts' production.] – Marisa Brown

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