Arrowhead Addict Staffer Releases New Album, Talks Chiefs


If you have been reading Arrowhead Addict for the last year, then you have been enjoying the columns of staff writer Stacy Smith. AA is made up of talented writers and passionate Chiefs fans, a combination we feel helps us bring you the absolute best Kansas City Chiefs coverage on the net.

When he is not writing about the Chiefs, Stacy often takes the stage as “Reach.” Reach is a long-time member of the KC Hiphop community. He’s release a few albums and has also helped to launch the careers of some local artists as part of his Young Lions series.

Reach has just released a new album, “Live at recordBar.” We take care of our own here at AA so I wanted to alert you all of Stacy’s new album and also talk a bit with him about his music and of course, the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

PA: How long have you been writing for Arrowhead Addict and why did you join the site?

SS: I’ve been writing for Arrowhead Addict since mid-July 2012. AA has always been one of my favorite watering holes for Chiefs commentary and news. I saw an open call for writers and realized this was the opportunity to get back into freelancing that I’d been waiting for. I’m coming up on my one-year anniversary as a staff writer and couldn’t be more excited about the future.

PA: I’ve known for a while you were involved in music but I was pleasantly surprised to find that you are just as solid a performer as you are a writer. When did you get started in music?

SS: I’ve been writing raps since I was 13, but I became a serious independent artist about 16 years ago.
PA: Who are your musical influences, past and present? 
SS: Kurupt and Keith Murray were my biggest influences during the formative years of my Hip Hop life. Today I draw inspiration from artists like Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Kendrick Lamar, Phonte, and George Watsky.

PA: On AA, you’re Stacy, but on stage you are “Reach.” What is the story behind that name?

SS: I think every emcee goes through a phase where they’re trying to find a stage name they truly identify with. I must’ve gone through a half-dozen in the early years. Shortly before I released my first album in 2004, I’d settled on “Preach” (named after a character from the film Cooley High). One of my closest friends (Anthony Adkins) got wind of that name, pulled me aside, and said, “It’s easier to ‘reach’ people than it is to ‘preach’ to people.” That really struck a chord with me so it’s been “Reach” ever since.

PA: The new album is “Live at recordBar.” Is it all new songs or just a collection of old ones recorded live?

SS: It’s a collection of previously released material recorded live.

PA: If someone was new to their music, which track on this album would you point to and say “This most represents me as an artist?”

SS: I think all of the songs represent me well. They all express a different side of me as an artist. “The Love” is one of my favorite songs from the album though. It’s always fun to do that particular song because it allows me to involve the crowd. That song made for one of the best moments on the album. During the taping I forgot my second verse and had to freestyle. Luckily, I pulled it off. Otherwise, the recording might’ve been ruined. 
PA: Favorite Chief of all time?
SS: Priest Holmes with a bullet.

PA: Now for the obligatory “what is the best BBQ in KC” question. Well?

SS: Oklahoma Joe’s with a bullet.

PA: Who are the Chiefs going to select in the draft Thursday night and who SHOULD they select?

SS: I expect the Chiefs to draft Eric Fisher (OT, Central Michigan). I also think that’s who the top pick should be for this football team.

You can give Reach’s album a listen below. You can also check him out on Facebook and of course, weekly on Arrowhead Addict.

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    This guy raps, too? Good. Now I have a new reason to hate him.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Indeed. I think “What Can I Do” is my favorite after the first listen. But there is some solid stuff in the middle as well. Good work man.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Thank you, sir! That’s another one of my favs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robin.mcculley Robin M Mcculley

    Great job on a truly live album Stacy! Doing big things in KC!

    • pack’n’lumber

      you got to have a sick twisted mind if you think this is music

      • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

        You’ve got to have a pretty narrow mind to leave an ignorant comment like that.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Do not feed the trolls.

          • Michael Shaw

            HEY!!! Quit insulting us trolls!!! We live under bridges, this guy must live in a cave that hasn’t been discovered by modern technology yet!!! LOL! Can’t listen here at work, but I will try when I get home. Always looking for new music to expand my horizons. Not a huge fan of rap or most hip hop, but I do like Jayz, or maybe I just have a thing for the woman he married!!!!!!!!!!????????

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Thanks, Robin!

  • Priest4Prez

    Can I get this at my local Hastings Music and Entertainment store?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Unfortunately, no.
      This is only available here: reach.bandcamp.com

      • Priest4Prez

        thank you

  • t_tyrance

    I would gladly listen to your music over a lot of the bs that is out today. Keep up the good work

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Thank you kindly!

  • ArrowFan

    Doesn’t JC have designs on being a DJ in his after NFL life? If so you guys should hook up.

  • troy utt

    Stacy, Ummm Reach, Kind of a Bluesy dig to it… way to lay it down! I enjoyed listening to it, and I believe I speak for all here on AA when I say…”Keep your Day JOB!” and that is speaking selfishly as we want you to continue your free lance!!! LOL!!! GREAT WORK!!!!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I’m not going anywhere. Paddy says I have to pay this free publicity off first. *Starts lawnmower*

      • troy utt

        Now that’s FUNNY!

      • Michael Shaw

        And don’t forget the trash too! You know the guy that posted earlier that you insultingly called a troll!! Still can’t believe you would insult my race that way!!!

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Agreed. Definitely a Bluesy vibe. Lyrics remind me a lot of Raps early days.

      • troy utt

        That’s exactly it… Kind-of a mix of what you would hear back in the day…

        • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

          But a funk aspect to it too. Interesting combination.

          • troy utt

            Patrick, Seens how we now have “Reach” locked up and under contract so we are able to continue enjoying his column here on AA, I do have a question for you… I was looking over the roster / salary & cap info as I had read a column in the last couple days in regards to our cap situation… Someone pointed out we could shed like the bottom 7 or so off the roster, & that would make no diff when it came to the cap! Here in lie my questions… With the draft upon us, KC must have the available cap space to sign their incoming prior to the draft…or in the coming months to sign them??? As well when you look down the roster about the only salaries that can be reworked are Tamba’s or E. Berry’s… If we could somehow rework those would it not give us a rather large chunck of change to work with? Just trying to figure it out… Thanks!!!

  • Danny W

    Hey when you get to do a music video with all of those really hot women you should throw me in the mix too. You know this way your ethically diverse with a white bloke who can’t dance or anything but, I can tie a mean bikini top.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      You’d like a spot in the video… With hot women… So you could “tie” a bikini top? Color me confused. Hahaha.

      • Danny W

        I tie them were they look secure and then somehow they’re not. You get what I’m saying?

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Gotcha.

  • Bosco Cletus

    Been hearing more an more about Oklahoma Joes lately, must be the bomb.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Do yourself a favor and try it. It’ll change your (BBQ) life!

      • Bosco Cletus

        I heard it gets extremely busy and sometimes easier to call in and pick up, but WELL worth it. Thanks for the tip!

  • dominicscarlatti

    Congratulations, Stacy, on the new album. I will definitely check it out. AA writer, rap MC, modern-day Renaissance man…!!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tanya.shannon.353 Tanya Shannon

    So very proud of you friend :) Keep the movement going *fist in air*

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Thanks, Bebop!