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“I started making mix tapes for my friends in school to get lunch money. That’s where I started to get my reputation,” says the humble Houstonian about his teenage years...
The transition from provincial celebrity DJ to renowned record label founder has been rewarding in more ways than one for Houston, Texas native Michael “5000” Watts. Known primarily for his chopped and screwed Swisha House remixes, Watts has successfully turned regional mix tape distribution into a record label empire. However, Watts did not get to VIP status overnight. A mountain of diligence and unsurpassed talent catapulted this music icon in the making to mogul standing.
2005 brought about a national notoriety for Michael “5000” Watts. His company, Swisha House, celebrated with the chart topping victories of Houston hip-hop rookies turned luminaries Paul Wall (The People’s Champ, 2005) and Mike Jones (Who Is Mike Jones, 2005) as well as a number of highly acclaimed independent releases featuring a gifted mass of up and coming artists including the unforgettable The Day Hell Broke Loose: Parts 1 & 2 (1999, 2003).
“Over the past five years we worked hard on developing our fan base by releasing a steady stream of independent releases,” says the award winning CEO and DJ. “When we signed our deal with Warner Music Group through Asylum , it was that foundation that allowed achieve the levels of success we enjoyed last year with Warner Bros and Atlantic Records.” In an unprecedented power move, Watts secured venture partnerships with the aforementioned major record labels for Mike Jones and Paul Wall respectively. Despite having the push of key companies behind him, the accomplishments of Swisha House have been its ability to continue to function as a major label while still considered an independent. “It’s an experience,” Watts admits. “We’re learning a lot right now, a lot of positive things.”
An unpretentious executive, Watts attributes the expansion of Swisha House to having a tight team. “T Farris (President, A&R) discovered Mike Jones. I had met him (Jones) before and I heard his stuff play in the club but T actually took the initiative to sign him.” Meanwhile, Paul Wall, who previously worked at the Swisha House as a promoter, had maintained a friendship with Watts and co-CEO G Dash from the early days. “He was rapping back then and we used to let him rap in the club. He did some freestyles for our mix tapes and we’ve been cool ever since,” says Watts.
Clearly Watts’ foresight to recruit the best players in the industry has helped to curry favor among fans with hit records like Jones’ “Still Tippin’,” “Back Then,” Wall’s “Sittin’ Sideways” and countless guest appearances by the Swisha House affiliates Slim Thug, Archie Lee and Big Tiger. But it is Watts’ forte as a DJ that set the momentum for Swisha House as a record label.
“I started making mix tapes for my friends in school to get lunch money. That’s where I started to get my reputation,” says the humble Houstonian about his teenage years. As a youthful spin doctor, Watts tried his hand at various gigs before settling for his natural skill. “I was listening to one of my mix tapes and I thought there are a lot of people living off this in the music industry and it isn’t even as good as mine,” Watts remembers. “I was on a lunch break at the time and I never returned to the job. I said I’m going to make the music thing work.”
Watts instantly took control of his own market, Houston, and then proceeded to conquer the entire Lone Star state. He quickly moved on to become a household name on the streets of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Next he spread his signature sound – the Swisha House remix – to Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. The rest of the nation has officially adopted the sound of a genre in itself, chopped and screwed music. Also to his accomplishments, Watts adds being the first DJ to have a screwed and chopped major label CD when he remixed Eightball & MJG’s Space Age 4 Eva in 2001. He followed this feat with the release of David Banner’s Mississippi: The Album. “I got Michael Watts for the chopped and screwed album because I am a fan of his work,” proclaims David Banner. “He is the number one DJ for chopped and screwed and he’s part of the reason that a person can not only buy a chopped and screwed album in Houston, but in Germany. It’s that big and he’s that big.”
In addition to overseeing Swisha House, Watts continues to work as a DJ with shows on a plethora of radio stations throughout the nation further promoting his Swisha House remix brand. “I have a mix show that I’m doing on Saturdays from 9:00pm-10:00pm on K104 in Dallas. I also have shows on KMJJ 99.7 in Shreveport, Louisiana; 102.7 The Blade in Tyler, Texas and also V103 in Cottage Station, Texas,” Watts rattles off effortlessly. “But my big show is 97.9 The Box in Houston, Texas every Sunday 9:00pm-1:00am and we do straight Swisha House mixes, screwed and chopped. I’m dedicated to doing those shows every week. I try to make sure I stay in the streets and in touch with what’s going on.”
As an ambassador of Houston hip-hop, Swisha House branded chopped and screwed remixes and the south’s clout in the music industry, Watts is a featured guest on the BET It’s My Thing television campaign. Alongside other prominent entertainment movers and shakers, Watts’ spots appeared periodically and repetitively throughout the day highlighting his distinguished success as Swisha House CEO, founder and DJ.
Michael “5000” Watts Awards and Achievements
Watts was named one of the Top 15 Mix tape DJ’s in the country by Vibe Magazine.
Watts won the Justo Mix Tape Award for Best Mix DJ of The South, .
Watts has the highest rated urban radio show in Houston.
Watts had a highly rated show on the most popular channel on XM Satellite Radio.
Watts was awarded The 2005 Box Entertainment Achievement Award for CEO of Swishahouse Entertainment by Radio One Station 97.9 KBXX
Watts was awarded the Southern Entertainment Awards 2005 award for Best Screwed Mix Tape
Watts was awarded the 2005 Best DJ Screw & Chopped at 4th Annual Dirty South Hip Hop Awards Show
Watts was awarded the 2005 Accoplishment Award By the The Core DJ’s Retreat
Commercial Discography (Swisha House Production Credits)
Lone Star Ridaz – Lone Star Ridaz
Mista Madd & The Supa Thuggz – Mista Madd & The Supa Thuggz
Mista Madd – Can I Live
Houston Hard Hitters – Straight From the Streets Presents: Vol.2
Houston Hard Hitters – Straight from The Streets Presents: Vol.4
PSK-13 – Pay Like You Weigh 5000
Eightball & MJG – Space Age 4 Eva
Big Moe – Moe Life
Paul Wall & Chamillionaire – Get Ya Mind Correct
Slim Thug & E.S.G. – Boss Hogg Outlaws
Scarface – Greatest Hits
Scarface – My Balls, My Word
Devin – The Dude
The Geto Boys – Greatest Hits
Pimp C Presents – Ghetto Stories
David Banner -Mississippi: The Album
3-6 Mafia – The Unbreakable
David Banner -MTA2 Baptized In Dirty Water
Big Tymers – Big Money Heavy Weight
Juvenile – Juve The Great
EightBall & MJG – Living Legends
Lil Boosie & Weebie – Gangsta Muzik
Trillville and Scrappy – King Of Crunk
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter
Tru – The Truth
Crime Mob – Crime Mob
Lil’ Jon – Crunk Juice
Weebie – Savage Life
Ying Yang Twins – United States Of America
Boyz In The Hood – Boyz In The Hood
Slim Thug – Already Platinum
Bone Thugs & Harmony – Greatest Hits
David Banner – Certified
Three Six mafia – Most Known Unknown
Twisted Black – Life and Times of Tommy Burns
Baby ‘The Birdman” – Fast Money
Bun B – Thrill
South Park Mexican – When Devils Strike
Teriyaki Boys – Chicken Or Fish (International Release)
Dem Franchise Boyz – On Top Of Our Game
Lil Wayne – The Carter II
Paul Wall- The People’s Champ
Mike Jones – Who Is Mike Jones
Single Remixes Releases
T Pain – I’m Sprung
Dem Franchize Boys – I Think They Like Me
Dem Franchize Boys – Lean Wit it, Rock Wit It
Matisyahi – Time Of Your Song
Matisyahi – Silver and Gold