Watch the Duck

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Watch the Duck
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States[1]
Genres Trap, trapstep, dubstep, post-dubstep
Years active 2012–present
Labels Epic Records[2]
Associated acts T.I., Iggy Azalea
Members Jesse Rankins
Eddie Smith III
Oscar White III

Watch the Duck (WTD, stylized as WatchTheDuck), is a musical trio from Montgomery, AL. 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] Since 2015, the publishing interest of Watch the Duck’s catalog has been represented by Reservoir Media Management.[5]


Watch the Duck was formed by friends Eddie Smith III, Jesse Rankins, and Jonathan Wells.[6] 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."[7]

Band members[edit]

Current members
Past members



List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Album details
  • Released: April 1, 2013
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Format: Digital download
The Trojan Horse
  • Released: November 20, 2015
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Format: Digital download


Title Year Album
"Poppin' Off" 2012 Anatidaephobia
"Making Luv to the Beat"[8]
(featuring T.I. and DJ E-Feezy)
2015 The Trojan Horse

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"100" 2014 Iggy Azalea The New Classic
"By Any Means (God Damnt)"[9] T.I., Shad da God, Spodde G.D.O.D. II
"Troubled"[9] B.o.B, T.I.
"G Shit" T.I., Jeezy Paperwork
"Light 'Em Up (RIP Doe B)" T.I., Pharrell
"Tell A Chic" 2013 Tiffany Evans 143 (EP)

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. ^
  6. ^ Herr, Lindsay (20 November 2012). "Watch The Duck – Poppin Off". EarMilk. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Watch The Duck". Red Zone Entertainment. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b "Hustle Gang – G.D.O.D. II // Free Mixtape". DatPiff. Idle Media Inc. 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 

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