CJ Watson - Biography
C.J. Watson (born Christopher Joseph Watson), was born on October 25, 1989 in North East Portland, Oregon in the Concordia and Woodlawn neighborhoods and raised in North East Dallas, Texas in the Lake Highlands neighborhood. Brought up by his mother, grandmother, and R&B/Soul music. He combines his Pacific Northwest roots with his down South upbringing to give the audience a mixture of heavy bass melodies with a West Coast voice that can only be heard through Watson’s unique low-pitch with mid to low-level treble.
C.J. has been described as 'political', 'militant', and his music has been called, "Needed" by blog site Hip-Hop Clock while other media outlets has called his music, "Music with a message". C.J. Watson often uses real-life experiences to 'paint a picture' in his songs. The use of assonance, alliteration, and double entendre are heavily used in C.J. Watson’s music as well as real life stories either through his own personal experiences, or vicariously through others.
C.J. first developed a love for music in the church, where his mother sang in the choir. Watson quickly understood how to compose and write lyrics. At that same time he learned how music can affect people. In 1995, C.J. began writing songs, but had no instrumentals, so his lyrics quickly turned into poetry. C.J. Watson has said, "I have always been a poet, I just finally put it to music." You can still hear C.J.’s poetic ways in the structure of his verses and the emphasis on certain words in his 'flow' that can be compared to the late-great Heavy D. While his physical size and lisp has got him comparisons to the late-great Notorious B.I.G.. C.J. Watson is very politically aware and celebrates knowledge and education especially in the African-American communities which draws comparisons to the hip-hop duo Dead Prez, rapper/activist/actor/producer David Banner, and rapper Immortal Technique.
In 2005, a troubled Watson found himself at a crossroads, and his mother decided to move her and C.J. to her home state of Texas. C.J. excelled in the classroom and graduated from Cedar Hill High School in 2008 where he would play football and later attend Texas A&M University-Commerce. His motto of "Stay Black" is known throughout his college campus, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communications. While attending TAMU-C, Watson quickly befriended many artists, producers, and engineers, where he begin to perfect his craft and take music more seriously. Many other artists from the DFW area attended the same University, and that is when Watson nicknamed the University “Hip-Hop U”.
While on the A&M-Commerce campus, Watson (then going by the stage name Big Ceasa) was 1/2 of the rap duo The Envaders. The Envaders released two, 20 track mixtapes (The Beginning in 2010 & The Envasion in 2011) to local success. With fellow Envaders member Neiman Flournoy (stage name, Young), Real Every Day Entertainment was born! In late 2011, The Envaders disbanded as a duo and Watson took the helm of RED Ent.
Watson worked in radio as a freelance producer and an on-air personality which helped him to learn the business side of the music industry. C.J. also began to gain more knowledge in the classroom, which has led to his sometimes complex and diverse thinking. He is extremely conscious of issues in society, and is not afraid of speaking the truth. While his upbringing of mostly women gives him a different view point on topics like love, sex, family, and religion which can always be found in C.J.’s music. C.J. Watson is an artist that truly knows the meaning of being Young, Black, & Educated!