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Past Cloaks

by Chester Watson

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Jared Kendrick
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Jared Kendrick Chester is legendary Favorite track: Execution (Prod by Chester Watson).
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URBL LINGO One of the dopest MC's on the Mic today. This album is such an underrated work.
I predict its only a matter of time before Chester Watson is on top of Hip Hop. Thanks Fam for the timeless music.
Mathias Kruse
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Mathias Kruse Really cool project. Chester Watson is dope, I appreciate his brand of lyricism. Heavy focus on multisyllable rhymes both external and internal interwoven in broad, sometimes cryptic, pieces of prose. Lots of cool references that give you a clearer image of who Chester is and what he appreciates. Cut from the same cloth as dudes like Earl Sweatshirt, Milo, etc. Favorite track: Fantastic (Prod. by bsd.u).
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slone Chester Watson is gonna make big money. This is most definitely one of my favorite tapes of the year. Lyrics are fucking awesome and the production quality is amazing. I don't remember how I found you but I'm sure as HELL glad i did. Thank you for releasing all that you do because its really making me feel. Favorite track: Fantastic (Prod. by bsd.u).
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jcdggn get into this album real hard. nice music to smoke to. Favorite track: Picbascassquiato (Prod. by Psymun).
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Inhabit Past Cloaks. 19 narcotic hexes from Chester Watson, written and recorded while he was 15, 16, and 17, created with cheap equipment, powerful weed, and a restless mind. Early work culled from his first mixtape, Phantom (2012), Tin Wooki (2014), and Soundcloud loosies.

Past Cloaks is the first release on POW Recordings, an introduction to one of the most gifted teenaged rappers this side of Earl, Nas, or Andre. These are the first experiments and random blades from the Monotone Samurai, the leader of Nu Age, lungs black as his irises, tangents to open up the ears of the ancient.

These are the results of a young searcher wrestling with the present and future. An adolescent gypsy skating through St. Louis, Georgia, and Florida, blessed with a wild imagination, precocity, and a dark temperament. He re-imagines himself as a cursed black Pharaoh covered in golden scarabs, an enigma with wings, spitting raps as hot as Guatemalan springs. A new anti-hero with venom, the beast hallucinated on ayahuasca or just too much liquor. As Watson says himself, “the best villain since Mad-V.”

The beats come from all over. Some originals from Watson, some from Psymun, Bobby Raps, and Art Vandelay, others are repurposed. It’s dusted and damaged psychedelic music, ideal for imprecations and illicit behavior, baleful hymns and bleak parables. Rap for warm-hearted skeptics and seekers, smokers and sippers. The sort of songs where you catch as much on the 5th listen as you do on the 50th. So wear it out.


released January 21, 2016


tags: hip-hop/rap US


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