Chicago-born emcee Wattson developed his articulate, intelligent lyrical style while earning his English degree at a prestigious St. Louis university. From 2003 – 2005 Wattson led the six-piece live instrumentation group Sac Lunch. Sac Lunch made an impact on the St. Louis hip-hop scene, playing shows in St. Louis and more broadly in the Midwest. Despite the increasing successes of the group, life stepped in, and the band went their separate ways.
Before returning to his hometown, Wattson spent a year in the sleepy Illinois valley town of Ottawa where his time was almost entirely consumed with running his father’s barbeque restaurant. Despite the enormous demands of owning a business, Wattson managed to occupy his rare free time rapping with classic rock bands, honing his tenor saxophone skills with a small jazz combo, and even winning a local talent show hosted by 80’s hip-hop icon Tone Loc. This was hardly sufficient to assuage his new found passion for performing, and he couldn’t wait to return to his home town to resume his focus on his music.
Trouble Brewing on Baker Street is Wattson’s debut solo effort. It captures Wattson’s mood during this tumultuous period in his life. Songs evoke the stress, anxiety, and mild lament of dreams put on hold, but also offers muted optimism and even manages to provide stark observations on the state of the music industry and race relations in the U.S. With unique, melodically rich, bass driven production by Miami-turned-West Coast producers D-Lock and DasBroose, Baker Street provides musical and lyrical sustenance for a broad range of hip-hop lovers.