The Pitch Music Showcase 2013- PATIO Line-up

GEE WATTS

With a steadily growing, organic fan base, not to mention cosigns from Kendrick Lamar and Nipsey Hussle,the 20 year old's raw and straightforward style glistens from front to back. It's hard to argue with his claim to his town. At 20 years old and only two years rapping and producing, he's released one of the best mixtapes to come from Kansas City. With visions of repping the whole of Kansas City in a way that no on else has, Gee Watts grew up on Kansas City's North Side. He benefited from a strong family, but still fell into the rougher side of life that his neighborhood is known for. Still, Watts was always recognized for his intellect. In the gifted program during his school days, he wrote poems prolifically. At 18, while taking a break from a basketball scholarship to be there for the birth of his child, his friends encouraged him to take rap seriously. He put the street life away and focused himself on his art. During the following 2 years, Watts released an unbelievable amount of material – 7 mixtapes, in 6 months, called The 12th Tapes as well as his EP, Dopamine. In all of his 9 projects the audience can feel the struggle to do right by his family and his art with the constant allure of the street life that brought him up. From his first rap to this most recent mixtape, Watts has maintained an honesty that is relatable to any listener.

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Reach

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.

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The Pitch Music Showcase 2013- PATIO Line-up

Friday, August 2 · Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM at The Riot Room