Watts, California native, STIX opens up a can of reality rap and sheds light on one of Los Angeles’s least talked about neighborhoods with the release of his mixtape, W.A.T.T.S. The controversial project is backed up by A-list production from Charlie Heat, Zaytoven, and Nocc.
In addition to the drop of his EP, STIX provides fans with visuals in his new music video, “Pretend”. The video was filmed in Stix’s home city of Watts, CA under the direction of Matt Swinsky. Fader reports “while the country continues to work through a rough period of racial tension, music once again proves to be the common denominator giving everybody insight into what’s really going on in the world.” The SoCal rapper has built a name for himself in the industry as not just an artist, but also a producer and composer. He’s credited for his work in developing pop rapper, Iggy Azalea, as well as executive producing projects for many other artists both established and up-and-coming.
“I’m just following a legendary line of greatness following The Watts Prophets, Kam, Top Dawg, Jay Rock & Punch, Glasses Malone, Badlucc and Tyrese to name a few. If this was a Middle East kingdom, I look at myself like the crowned prince of Watts, and I’m next to take the throne.”
Stream W.A.T.T.S. (We Are Taught To Survive) below.