The hard penetrating, self-reflective vocals of this MC poignantly illustrate that true school hip hop is alive and well. Born in the Midwest, raised in Maryland, and schooled in the business in NYC, E Reece is unlike any artist you have ever heard or seen. This talented and hard-working lyricist, songwriter, poet, and musician keeps your attention at every turn and will make you challenge yourself. His music speaks of love, life, and staying true to yourself.
His love of music began when he began to study jazz saxophone at age 12. His early influences include Michael Jackson, Prince, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, and later A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-1, EPMD and other east coast artists. He began to develop his own style in high school, when he started freestyling with his boys. Later he would hone his skills at open mic nights and any cipher he could get in, most notably with the legendary KRS-1 and BET’s ex-Rap City host Tigger at the 930 Club in DC in 1999. A love for hip hop has developed into a promising career, with growing success on the underground level from MD to NYC to LA, where he currently resides.
E Reece brings you "Organic Hip Hop" to feed your mind, body and soul with no additives or preservatives. E has worked with fellow underground MC’s Othello (Lightheaded), Gio Basicali, Crag Malkovich (BLX); Sum Kid (VJC), Michigan transplants Now On and Buff1; producers DJ Rhettmatic (Beat Junkies), Haircut aka Mayer Hawthorne (Lab Techs), Oddisee (Mello Music), Kev Brown (Low Budget), Presto (Concrete Grooves), Proh Mic (HVW8), T.i.M, Tycoon (Fyre Dept.) and Nobody Famous; soul singer extraordinaires Sy Smith and Joy Jones and male R&B singers Hilsyde and Mateo, to name a few.
He’s blazed the stage several times at The Temple Bar in Santa Monica, CA and has become an extended family member at the legendary "Rootdown” LA’s #1 hip hop weekly. He’s performed at numerous clubs, universities and festivals across the globe and the country, opening for and playing alongside such artists as Brand Nubian, Black Sheep, Medusa, Jneiro Jarel, Rich Medina, LA Symphony and others. He’s also performed in London on Nicci Cheeks’ 97.9FM and in LA on KPFK 90.7FM. You can check out some of the music from his releases, “FarEye Vision” [EP, 2004, E Reece Music], “Next Up” [EP, 2006, E Reece Music] and “A New Breed” [LP, 2007, EMH/Kajmere Sound] online at cdbaby.com/all/ereece, with combined sales of over 8,000 units. His music has also been licensed to television and film projects, as well as video games, namely 2K Sports’ College Basketball ‘08.
In between music gigs, E Reece pursues modeling and acting. He was the first runner-up in DC’s “Mr. Metropolitan” contest in ’98. He’s strutted the runway for Alvin King in DC and NYC, Travis Winkey in Baltimore, and many others in DC, Philly and LA. His image has graced book covers, posters, and print ads. He’s the good looking brother featured in the May and June ’04 issues of the Japanese hip hop magazine Woffin and is featured in Live Mechanics’ Fall ‘08 Campaign. You’ll see him in videos too. Check him out in Floetry’s “Say Yes” video – he’s the handsome puppeteer mesmerizing the ladies in the subway scene. Look out for his roles in several national commercials. E Reece has also made his move from the small screen to the big screen. He had his first principle role in the indie film “Claims” in 2003 (Mene Productions). And he’s perfecting his craft at The Working Stage in LA with Deke Anderson.
So check out this multi-talented brother and his live band "Core Elements" (Joel Van Dijk on guitar, Ron Avant on keys, Bennie Rodgers on drums, Brian Boland on bass, Jamon Laws on tenor saxophone and DJ Inka One), who mix new school hip hop, east coast wisdom, and west coast love of life. His music transcends all cultures, and with a love for rhyming that’s deeply rooted in the essence of the genre, it’s going to be hard to stop his star from rising. “ Once they’ve heard my music or seen my live show, I want people to believe in the power of positive music and to know that real hip hop isn’t dead.” Look for E Reece & Core Elements’ full-length LP entitled “L.I.S.n 2 This Live.In.Studio.” (Elevated Mental Recordings/Foundation Media), as well as the Japanese version (Mic Life Recordings) both OUT NOW! He’s E Reece and he’s not for the fake. All sucka MC’s beware!