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SelfEsteem BoatWillie (born Patrick Stutz) jumped on the Eugene, Oregon hip hop scene in 2004 with a mission to take elements from his punk rock roots and blend them with his love of hip hop. As a member of a few collaborative efforts including the AntiDope, Clowns of Class, and the Critical Masters he always brought something a little different to the table.
In 2007 he branched out on his own solo endeavor and put out an album titled “Patty Predicts the Present” on his independent label Spent The Rent Wreck Chords. With a DIY flavor his music came across with an almost pop punk feel that is rare in hip hop. His track “Eye for Eye” was featured in a music video and in a film “Depraved” by independent film maker Henry Weintraub of 531 productions.
In 2009 he followed up his debut album with an uber political release titled “Big Brother” that was a direct response to his distain for the Bush administration and frustration felt post 9/11. Heavy on the punk influence he tackled the tumultuous societal landscape with a deep passion for fighting for the underdog.
In 2017, after a long hiatus, he went back to the lab and released a new album called “Hopeless not Helpless”. With a few unreleased tracks that didn’t make it on his previous releases and a collection of new tracks that touched on his personal redemption story. Now sober, after a long battle with alcoholism, his music had a much more tender side but stayed true to his core values of originality and uniqueness hip hop often lacks. Also in 2017 he put out a single “Don’t Look Back” featuring, his hop idol, Josh Martinez that is an almost indie rock-hip hop fusion about moving on after a rough break up. Followed by the release of a hilarious holiday EP “Spent the Rent on Christmas” featuring Eugene emcees J Philly and 80HD.
SelfEsteem BoatWillie is a unique talent in hip hop. An emcee who doesn’t fall in any box and refuses to try. His art is a culmination of many genres of music from many eras and there is something there for everyone to enjoy.