Today in Hip Hop History: August 24, 1977
American-born breakdancer and rapper Corey Isiah Christie, aka Reks, was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1977. Reks is mostly known for his work in the Lawrence underground rap scene, in which he has done work with Statik Selektah’s ShowOff Hip Hop Records and Brick Records. In addition to releasing projects on Statik’s record label, every Reks album has been produced by the renowned producer. He has also worked closely with acts such as Termanology, Skyzoo, Action Bronson and Slaine.
Reks started out his music career breaking. He was a part of a local crew called “Funk Town Connection”. He then entered college at University of Massachusetts Amherst, but eventually dropped out to start recording for Brick Records. By that time Reks had built a reputation for himself in the local Boston rap scene and found success with his debut album, Along Came the Chosen (2001).
Reks’ Along Came the Chosen included two singles, “I Could Have Done More” and “Fearless,” which he released in early 2001. Along Came the Chosen brought Reks nominations for Hip-Hop Album and Artist of the Year by the Boston Music Awards in 2001.
As of 2015, Reks has released 8 solo albums, 1 compilation, 7 EP’s and 3 mixtapes in his 16 year rapping career. In addition to the said Boston Music Awards nominations, Reks had been nominated for 2 additional awards: The UMA Male Artist of the Year in 2011 and Indie Album of the Year in 2011 as well. Reks has also worked with producers and artists DJ Premier, Styles P, Alchemist, Hi-Tek and others during his time in rap.