Chester Watson released an excellent album called Past Cloaks in early 2016, but the songs were all made when he was 15, 16, and 17 years old. The Florida rapper is now 19, and his latest album Spring Mirage—a collaborative effort with fellow Floridian Kent Loon—shows his versatility.
While Past Cloaks was packed with dim, sedated, jazzy hip-hop, Chester's more recent work is a little less mellow, with burly production and flows more deliberate than his earlier stream-of-consciousness style. The constant with Chester Watson is a cerebral, mood-altering approach to hip-hop unlike anything else coming out. Plus, like Guru said, it's mostly the voice, and Chester's got one perfect for rap.—Jacob Moore