The Pitch Music Showcase 2013- PATIO Line-up
Kansas City, MO, 64111
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
With an undeniable fan base and recent cosign from good kid Kendrick Lamar, real life experiences paired with a lyrical knack have landed Kansas City emcee Gee Watts in the speakers of hip hop heads everywhere. In a brief 2 years of beginning his musical journey, Gee Watts has blessed the stage with artists such as: Young Jeezy, Big K.R.I.T. and Nipsey Hussle as well as collaborating with various producers and fellow indie artists across the country. Aspiring to be something like a mid-west staple, Watts' unwavering determination combined with street savvy show to be key ingredients to dub him a certified hustler in the game. Throughout his discography listeners can relate to the struggle to do right by family while staying true to oneself when facing the constant allure of the street life that raised you. From his first bars to the most recent mixtape, Watts has maintained an honesty within his music that will give insight for years to come.
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 with a brief stint on a national tour (2003 Vans Warped Tour) and a self-released EP in the summer of 2003.
Reach released his debut album, Joys, Disappointments & The In-Between, in the Fall of 2004. In 2005 Reach was named the winner of the Scion Next Up contest (a national Rap talent search) sponsored by Toyota Scion. Reach’s sophomore album, Corner Speech, was released in November 2007. The intercontinental album project (of a dozen tracks) was produced solely by Copenhagen producer Twelve Beats. In 2008, he was named the winner of a Pitch Music Award in the Hip Hop category. He also played two dates on the Vans Warped Tour. His latest effort, The Pen Pusha Mixtape, was released by West Coast imprint Wilshire District Music on January 11, 2011. Reach has opened for national acts The Roots, Talib Kweli, Big Daddy Kane, Kev Brown, Oddisee, Trek Life, Othello, P.O.S, Devin The Dude, Abyss (HBO Def Jam Poet), Sound Tribe Sector 9, Kindred The Family Soul, Pharcyde, Jeru The Damaja, Blackalicious, Soulive, and Heiruspecs. Reach is currently promoting his new project and setting up regional and national touring dates.