Watch The Duck

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Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.[1]
Genres Trap, trapstep, dubstep, post-dubstep, PBR&B, neo-soul, alternative
Years active 2010–present
Labels Epic Records[2]
Members Jesse Rankins (lead vocals)
Eddie Smith III (bass)
Jonathan Wells (keyboard)

Watch The Duck (WTD) is a three-member musical group from Atlanta, Georgia. They are part of the trapstep movement which is a cross between trap and dubstep. Some would also consider it to be Soulstep.[1] In 2012 the group dominated the freshman music poll on mtvU and their song "Poppin’ Off" was added to their regular rotation.[3] The group is currently signed to the Epic Records music label[2] and was chosen as an Editor's Pick by Papercut Magazine in 2012.[4]


Watch The Duck was formed by friends Eddie Smith III, Jesse Rankins, and Jonathan Wells.[5] All three were DJs, producers, and musicians originally from Montgomery, Alabama but moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2010. The name of the group comes from a phrase that they use to describe their work. Smith has been quoted as saying, "Everybody sees the duck traveling smoothly on top of the water but nobody sees it kicking hard as hell under it, struggling to stay afloat."[6]



Title Year Album
"Poppin' Off" 2012 Anatidaephobia

Guest Appearances[edit]

Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"100" 2014 Iggy Azalea The New Classic
"On Doe, On Phil" 2014 T.I., Pharrell Paperwork: The Motion Picture


List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Album details
  • Released: April 1, 2013
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Format: Digital download

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Gibson, Yolanda (2 October 2012). "Underground Hype: Watch The Duck". The Examiner. 
  2. ^ a b "Video – Watch The Duck’s Poppin Off". The Buzz Blog. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Watch The Duck Dominate This Week’s Freshman". mtvU. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Tech, Artis (28 September 2012). "Editor’s Picks: Watch The Duck Ft. Dragon House Crew". Papercut Magazine. 
  5. ^ Herr, Lindsay (20 November 2012). "Watch The Duck – Poppin Off". EarMilk. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Watch The Duck". Red Zone Entertainment. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 

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