First building a name for himself in Lawrence, Massachusetts’ underground rap scene as a breakdancer, Reks (born Corey Christie) made an organic transition into emceeing during his teenage years. After garnering a reputation as part of the local B-Boy crew, Funk Town Connection, the multitalented Reks ended up leaving University of Massachusetts Amherst in order to continue building a name for himself in music. He began recording for Brick Records, the imprint that soon released his debut LP, Along Came the Chosen, in 2001. The project helped elevate him as one of Boston’s most talented artists, even earning him nominations for Hip-Hop Album and Artist of the Year by the Boston Music Awards.
Throughout the course of the next fifteen years, Reks established himself as an active and amiable force, going on to release nine more solo albums, as well as a handful of mixtapes and EPs. His sophomore album, Reckless (2003), was self-released, with Reks infamously selling physical copies out of the trunk of his car. Despite not having the support of a national distribution or a major label deal, Reks continued to garner attention through the mixtape circuit, with his tireless work ethic eventually leading him to cross paths with fellow Boston-area native, Statik Selektah. Reks went on to sign to the DJ’s ShowOff Records imprint, as well as made several noteworthy appearances on Selektah’s 2007 album, Spell My Name Right. In 2008, Selektah lent his talents to Reks, executive producing the hungry emcee’s album, Grey Hairs, which also doubled as his ShowOff debut. After releasing More Grey Hairs in 2009, Reks went on to work with DJ Premier, Styles P, Alchemist, Hi-Tek, and others on 2011’s Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme. Throughout the past five years, Reks continued to live up to his reputation as a hardworking emcee with a consistent and impressively self-made presence in underground hip-hop. His most recent album, The Greatest X, arrived in 2016, marking the ninth in his catalog.