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Sound description: Life in technicolor.
Influences: Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Karen Carpenter, Tito Puente, Sergio Mendes, Cal Tjader, Billie Holliday, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, Gangstarr Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Nice & Smooth, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Pharoahe Monch, Black Star, Common, Sounds Good, Guild, Mac Lethal, Human Cropcircles, Titanium Frame, Approach, Gunn Jakc, DJ Ataxic, Kiz One, Mix-O-Flix, DJ Skeme, Konnect, Mas Appeal, Ensyght, C.E.S. Cru, Kingdome Records, Deep Thinkers, Human Cropcircles, Taha, Joc Max, J. Lee, Tomgat, Johnny Quest, Archetype...
|Joys, Disappointments, and the In-Between||2004|
Reach is as compelling and as atypical an emcee as you'll find in the Rap genre. He utilizes what he calls "blue-collar Rap", a more reality-based personable brand of Hip-Hop, to combat an industry saturated with propaganda. This emcee, by most accounts, is considered to be a throwback to the artform's golden age. With content that's distinctive and poignant, he's aiming to raise the bar and escort the Rap genre back to greatness.
Reach, born Stacy D. Smith, hails from Kansas City, Mo. Five short years after being introduced to Hip-Hop culture in 1986 Reach began writing and reciting rhymes at the tender age of thirteen. His early stylings were heavily influenced by lyrical gunslingers Keith Murray and Kurupt. After nearly a decade of honing and perfecting his craft he helped to form a local independent Rap label, Kingdome Records. Three years and a full-length compilation album later he opted to pursue greener pastures as a solo artist. In 2003, Reach began a blistering campaign to garner exposure through a brief stint on a national tour, a self-released EP in the summer of 2003, and several cameo appearances with fellow Kansas City cohorts: Ces Cru Militia, Titanium Frame, and Florida-transplant Mas Appeal.