The Future (Pt. 1): Joey Purp, Chester Watson & Baro

This series intends to shine light on the future of Hip-Hop from across the globe. Part 1 features Chicago native Joey Purp, coming off the release of his new mixtape iiiDrops, young lyricist Chester Watson and Melbourne’s own Baro

Joey Purp 

Joey Purp is a member of rap collective SaveMoney, coming out of Chicago, Illinois. In 2016 Joey Purp released his sophomore mixtape iiiDrops, which included features from fellow SaveMoney founding members, Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa.

After releasing his debut mixtape The Purple Tape in 2012, Joey Purp had been relatively quiet, only releasing a handful of singles and no full-length projects until that of iiiDrops. All is forgiven, however, with Joeys newest project holding its own against the abundance of major Hip-Hop releases in 2016.

Joey Purp displays his elite lyrical ability over jazzy chords and hard hitting drums, while blending his subtle humour and vivid storytelling throughout iiiDrops. With Joey Purp now beginning to garner some serious attention, it is only a matter of time before he is a household name.

Chester Watson

Chester Watson is a 19 year old rapper, producer and member of Hip-Hop group Nu Age Syndicate, hailing from St. Louis, Missouri.

Chester Watson’s name was buzzing as an important cog in the future of Hip-Hop when he was only 15 years of age after releasing Phantom, a bar-heavy single that perfectly displayed his wordplay and flow. The young artist has a very distinct sound that is reminiscent of Earl Sweatshirt and MF Doom, however, Chester Watson still remains a very unique artist in his own right with his impressive lyricism and choppy flow.

With a stacked body of work at only 19 years of age, Chester Watson seems determined to become a future star of Hip-Hop and I believe that he is well on his way.


Baro is a Melbourne artist who’s name has been buzzing since he released his breakthrough mixtape How Good Is Good? in 2014, as a 17 year old.

Now 19, Baro has been making waves within Australia, integrating soul, jazz and funk aspects with his smooth melodies and raps. Baro is an artist who can not be classified as only a “rapper” despite his strong pen game and clever wordplay. Baro is much more than that and over time he has shown his ability as a musician, creating a collection of songs with a sound that had previously never been touched in Australia, until now.

With a debut album coming out in 2016, titled Just Problems You Need To Know, Baro is set to continue taking over with his crew RawdiverCity.

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