Rapper Matt ‘Spek’ Watson says go out and make the world you want to live in

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Our biweekly City Superheroes column highlights the powerful figures walking among us — with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s pairing: rapper, producer and internet influencer Matt ‘Spek’ Watson and visual artist Rory Smith.

Moniker: Spekulation

Given Name: Matt Watson

Other Aliases: Spek, The Bitter Barista

Superpowers: Telekinesis, the ability to tap into the accumulated energy of the world

First Appearance: June 2007 at “The Hang,” a regular night of music formerly at Seattle’s Lo Fi organized by the band, The Teaching

Local Haunts: The Station, The Taco Truck in the Valero gas station on Beacon Ave., Beacon Ave. Sandwiches

Archenemies: Past and future versions of himself, condescending customers, Ron Smith and Jeff Bezos

Even Heroes Have Heroes: His parents (Debbie and Mark), wife (Ashley Ball), Gabriel Teodros, Evan Flory-Barnes, Khingz, Michele Khazak, Nate Omdal

What Small Object Holds Great Meaning: “My sampler (the Maschine). It’s what I channel all my sounds through, both in and out. It’s the lens through which I see the world.”

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About the Authors & Contributors

Jake Uitti

Jake Uitti

Jake Uitti is the co-founder and Managing Editor of The Monarch Review. He plays in the band, The Great Um, and works at The Pub at Third Place.