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Chester P

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Joey Coombes (born March 21, 1976), better known as Chester P, is a much respected rapper in the UK hip-hop scene. A founding member of Taskforce, Mud Family and Bury Crew, Chester earns particular praise for his freestyle capability. His rap name is taken from a psychedelic British comic book from the 1970s, “Brainstorm” (written by Bryan Talbot). His lyrics are as notable for their leaning towards mythology and esoterica as for their descriptions of life on the streets of north London.

Chester P grew up in Highbury, North London and still lives there today with his brother Farma G (the other half of Taskforce), his nephew Remus and his mother. He began rapping at a very early age, around eight, and for a short while took the name “Angel Face Killer” because of his angelic face but fierce battling ability. During his time as a teenager Chester was very troublesome especially at school, rebelling against forms of authority imposed on him.

Chester managed to channel his anger as a youth more constructivly in the form of battling and freestyling. He became very skilled at battling and earned himself a reptuation and is prolific in the British hip hop scene as a battler. He famously battled Common and defeated him, although he has been keen to play down the importance of this event, claiming that neither of them were on particularly good form that night.

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