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Salt Lake City Weekly

Music | Feel the Reaper: Local hip-hop artist isn’t as grim as you think.

When I was told I was interviewing Salt Lake City hip-hop artist Reaper—quite frankly, I expected to sit down with a thug in a puffy jacket and baggy jeans.
But, of course, hip-hop is obviously much more complex than just thugs dressed as stereotypes. In fact, contemporary music owes a great deal of thanks to artists like Nas, Busdriver, Talib Kweli, Odd Nosdam and countless other innovators who fall under the ever-expanding umbrella of “hip-hop.”
Reaper—and his craft—represent the intelligent arm of hip-hop. Reaper is the least thug-like person I’ve met. He exudes depth, originality and brilliance.
Reaper is quick to laugh and crack a joke with his large, toothy smile.
“People sometimes come to my shows expecting to see 50 Cent and the type of stuff you see on MTV, and that’s just not what I do,” Reaper explains. “Not that I dislike that stuff. It’s just not me.”
Reaper’s brand of hip-hop is all about storytelling, a tradition reflected in his adopted pseudonym.
“Someone always dies in my stories. But it’s not as morbid as it sounds,” he says. “What I do is mostly about cycles. I explore the cycle of life.”
Reaper’s many years in the healthcare industry—working with a range of patients, from disabled adults to sex offenders—have taught him a great deal about the human experience.
“I’ve always been an activist. I can’t help it. It’s just part of who I am,” he says.
Reaper stresses that he always has pamphlets available—for every cause from rape recovery to domestic violence—at his shows. “It’s amazing how those pamphlets magically disappear from the table. People always secretly pocket them. It just goes to show that everyone has problems.”
But Reaper doesn’t want his listeners to forget that he is first and foremost an entertainer.
“Entertaining is a very important part of what I do. I want people to have fun at my shows,” he says. You can think about something and have fun at the same time. I promise.”
Reaper’s shows seamlessly integrate spoken word poetry, live hip hop beats, and even a few props.
“I always use original beats. I’m not one who likes to sample. My very talented partner Jebu helps me out in that department. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, so there’s always a little soul in my music.”
Reaper’s most recent EP, The Storyteller features plenty of smooth, relaxed beats that recall the glory days of ’60s and ’70s soul.
In the past, Reaper has been backed by everyone from straight up rock & roll bands to a calypso outfit. “It all depends on what feels right. If something feels like it flows, even if it isn’t straight up hip hop, I’ll still use it.”
“What I do is pretty different from anything you’ll see around here,” Reaper says. “I urge people to come to a show and see it. You just have to see it to believe it.”
Reaper’s next show is a birthday bash. “It’s actually a week after my birthday,” he says of the Oct. 17 gig at Monk’s. “There will be costumes changes, props, and even a few presents for the audience. I always like to give other people presents on my birthday.”

-By Jenny Poplar

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released January 1, 2008

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Reaper The Storytellers ability to tap into the darkest areas of humanity’s common soul, and bring out a sense of hope and purpose, has earned him rave reviews and interviews, a cable network deal and national attention through college and community radio stations.He's known as the voice for the unheard, rapping tales of real life drama that most lyricists won’t touch. ... more

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Track Name: Until I See You Again
Until I See You Again

Verse 1. people tell me to be strong but it wasn't their cousin people pretending to be her best friend and I knew that wasn't I was there from the beginning to the end and saw her hide her pain from her family and friends is it a sin to kinda want you to die so god can take the tears out of your beautiful eyes you'd want me to rise but the future gets blurred by my cry's, not even death can break the bond that a family ties could you survive if lupus wasn't in your life try to wipe that thought right out of my mind cause it was just your time and peace I'll find if can leave the bad memories behind and everyday I live on this earth I know I'm closer to you cause death is gonna call me too, and I'll be happy cause I'll be able to see you again reunited with a cousin and a real down friend.

chorus: until I see you again...I'm gonna miss you,
until I see you again...I'm gonna miss you

Verse 2. Bein with my mom doesn't make you my dad, my grandpa was the father that I never had it makes me happy, just to know that he would be glad that I'm respected by my kids as a man and a dad but I have to admit that sometimes I get mad that, when I think about how diabetes took his legs, even the hospital bed couldn't drop his head, death with no fear that was a real brave man, and I know he was there to take my cousin's hand and show her, to her new
home in a beautiful land even taught me how not to be afraid of life cause even I have to take that flight and everyday I live on this earth I know I'm closer to you cause death is gonna call me too, and I'll be happy cause I'll be able to see you again, reunited with a father and a true gentlemen.

chorus: until I see you again...I'm gonna miss you,
until I see you again...I'm gonna miss you

Verse 3. My grandma will always be momma to me, as close as a son and a mother could be, weather it be wise words or a place to stay she would always go out of her way, so everyday I made it a point to connect with you, rub your feet do your hair or a call or two, and I know gettin blood was really hard on you but its better then the falls keepin ya black and blue, through it all you taught me to believe in me, with the bad comes the good look around and you'll see and it's true, cause even though the cancer got worse I'd be the one that you call first and everyday I live on this earth I know I'm closer to you cause death is gonna call me too, and I'll be happy cause I'll be able to see you again reunited with my momma and my best friend

chorus: until I see you again... yeah...I'm gonna miss you,
until I see you again...I'm gonna miss you

Voice: and to my father-in-law John, well we all gonna miss you, until I see you again

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