Papa Reu Biography
Papa Reu Biography
Artistic credibility goes a long way in an industry that all-too-often creates one-hit wonders – and none are more credible or distinctive than Sanctuary Urban’s Papa Reu. Boasting an indelible Hip Hop style that oozes the flavor of his native Tobago, Papa Reu is innovative as artists come. Having instituted a new and completely liberated form of music– Thug Hall – Reu is poised for illimitable success. “Straight off the corner island influenced Hip Hop,” Reu’s adaptation has cultivated itself into a winning tradition, progressing slowly but surely since 8Ball & MJG’s heralded On The Outside Looking In. Unique as his peers want to be, Papa Reu is destined to break a new artform while remaining true to his Island roots.
With a discography that includes three independent releases through his own Reu Muzik, Papa Reu’s fourth full length album comes off the heels of a joint venture with Sanctuary Urban Records Group. After collaborating with Solange Knowles on The Fighting Temptations soundtrack, Reu performed with the singer in Orlando at the Tom Joyner Birthday Bash -- subsequently blowing Sanctuary Urban President Mathew Knowles away. Needless to say, the label was elated to sign Reu and began working on his latest gem– Life and Music. “Reutro” sets Life and Music off with a chorus of drums that does everything to let the music masses know Papa Reu has arrived and is on the scene for good. 504 Boyz member Currency joins Reu on “Streets Calling,” an uptempo ditty that speaks to Reu’s hardships in the unforgiving game that is Hip Hop. Reu flexes his Thug Hall skills on the club friendly “Clap To This,” priming the listener for a bevy of ear candy; while “Mr. Goodbye” addresses Papa Reu the diplomat. “That’s one of my favorite joints,” Reu says. “Every woman has had a Mr. Goodbye in their life. They love his company but he doesn’t want to sit down. He’s always on the go.” The melodic lead single, “Hold On,” moves to maintain Papa Reu’s unmistakable flow with a familiar Shalamar sample, and holds even deeper undertones. “I didn’t know what the hell to write for this song, but I loved the track.” Reu tells. “I had writer’s block for months, and as soon as that Tsunami hit, I went to the studio and knocked it out. So the pain that everyone was feeling around that tragedy, it moved me to write. It was inspired by something and that’s why I feel strongly about this record.”
Don’t call it a come back, Papa Reu is eagerly emerging to let the world know that one of the industry’s most known unknown artists is ready to position himself atop epicenter of down south rap. With his unique island sound, southern street savvy, and a respect of music history, it is no wonder why the likes of artists such as 8 Ball & MJG. The Cash Money Records camp took advantage of the rare talent by featuring him on their early multi-platinum recordings, such as The Big Tymers’, “Lick Them Up Shot”, Juvenile’s, “Rich Ni**az” and Lil Wayne’s, “Not Like Me”. Reu has always been an eargasm to the industry by adding his fiery touch on numerous hits for artists such as Lil Flip, Field Mob, and Daz Dillinger. As a true music enthusiast and a student of the game, Reu continues to hone his calling by staying true to the art and manifesting what’s most important when creating music: truth and passion.