The Colorado music sphere is much more than just obnoxiously repetitive “Ho Heys” and John Denver. Our growing populace of a once single-cow terrain has brought with it an engaging diversity. From indie sob-rock to punk, from electronic to experimental, all that and everything in between are important in growing the audible treats we call our own.

But not everything our state puts out is crème brulee and angel kisses. The notion of spending a night in a strange bar listening to a band nobody’s ever heard of is worrisome. For every one great artist there are fifty miserable ones, and with odds like that, we’re better off sitting at home with one in the chamber. That’s why we like to keep our finger on the pulse of the music life here in Colorado. This month, instead of featuring one great local act like we normally do, we’ve picked twelve of our favorites in a few of the genres our music industry has to offer.

Today we’re stoked on this new Reason The Citizen guy. He’s a newcomer to Colorado’s hip hop agenda and has been nothing but unstoppable since his transplant. His new single “Among Sharks” was released just this morning, and is a fantastic addition to his already solid collection. Here’s an excerpt from our “Local Music Madness” feature that ran in this month’s issue, and a collection of work from the rising artist.

    This summer Denver welcomed a new face to the hip hop community in Reason The Citizen. He’s a former San Diego resident who recently moved to the Mile High City to pursue an opportunity in the medical marijuana industry. While most would take the move slowly and in stride, Reason kept all cylinders firing, hitting the new city with a topped off tank of fuel.
    He’s already performed at revered local events including the Westword Music Festival, the Underground Music Showcase and has snuck onto bills supporting both local and national talent. He’s also been working on writing and recording ever since he laid stake in Denver, and hopes to begin the releasing process of the new work sometime this fall. The quick turnaround from import to local is something Reason says he’s charged up on.
    'I’ve been playing shows in Denver two to three times a year since my first visit in 2008, and I absolutely fell in love with this city. There is such a receptive and flourishing music scene in Denver and I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some amazing talent over the years here.'

*As always, The Rooster asks that you support the artists that you like, and don’t be an awful person by downloading illegally what you should pay for. Contrary to popular belief, musicians are people, and people need to eat and pay their rent – that’s probably too damn high anyways – just like us common folk. Artists work hard to make this world a little less boring, and should be compensated as such.