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Austin Garrick, better known as Watts, is a Canadian hip-hop/R&B producer from Toronto, Ontario. He has produced for artists such as Redman, Method Man, and Joe Budden.[1][2]

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Biography

Watts grew up in the Oakwood-Vaughan neighbourhood of Toronto.[3] He was born to a Caribbean, musician father and a European mother who is a doctor. His father, who was a drummer in the reggae band Messenjah, taught him how to play drums when he was 2 years old, and professionally by the age of 5. Nicknamed "Stixs", he would open for the reggae band Third World at a concert when he was 7 years old. He also performed in front of a crowd of over 50,000 at the Rogers Centre alongside Nelson Mandela, at the age of 12. After his parents got divorced, he decided to become a producer, and he started making beats.

When Watts became serious about a career as a record producer, he made plans to move to New York City. He dropped out of high school in Grade 11 after a meeting with producer/DJ Kevin "K-Cut" McKenzie (of the legendary group Main Source). In New York, K-Cut took him under his wing and taught him everything that he needed to know.[3]

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Partial discography

  • "Exclusive" – Foxy Brown feat. Stacey (Black Roses Music)
  • "Blow Treez" – Redman feat. Method Man & Ready Roc (Def Jam)
  • "Jingle Baby" – Joe Budden (Def Jam)
  • "Jingling Baby" (Remix) – Joe Budden feat. Coke (Def Jam)
  • "Jingling Baby" – Coke (Def Jam)
  • "Something About You" – In Essence (Sony BMG Canada)
  • "All Night" – In Essence (Sony BMG Canada)
  • "Getting It On" – Jacksoul (Sony BMG Canada)

References

  1. ^ "Redman's Return" (in English). The Fader Magazine. http://www.thefader.com/blog/articles/2007/03/08/redmans-return. Retrieved 2007-03-25.  
  2. ^ "Watts myspace page" (in English). MySpace. http://www.myspace.com/officialwatts. Retrieved 2007-03-25.  
  3. ^ a b "Watts Interview on HHC" (in English). Hip Hop Canada. http://www.hiphopcanada.com/_site/entertainment/interviews/ent_int392.php. Retrieved 2007-08-12.  

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