Richard John Martinelli, known musically by his stage name Reason the Citizen, is a southern California born and bred emcee known for his sharp double-time delivery and satyrical live performances. His non-traditional approach to performing stems from a...
Richard John Martinelli, known musically by his stage name Reason the Citizen, is a southern California born and bred emcee known for his sharp double-time delivery and satyrical live performances. His non-traditional approach to performing stems from award winning experiences in high school speech tournaments as a youth, culminating in a stage show that combines his quick tongued rapping with witty comedic insight about modern life and music. His efforts to make his live appearances unique from the "standard rap show" has lead to a diverse and ever growing fan base.
Reason the Citizen is a student of hip-hop. After more than a decade of being an emcee, he has personally experienced almost every facet of rap culture, advancing from freestyle street cyphers and battles, to performing live for hundreds of fans throughout the country. He has also used this experience to connect with other notable artists, which has helped him establish notoriety among the independent hip-hop community.
In 2006, he released "Survival Plus", which would represent his first official solo efforts as a young emcee. This album would go on to help position Reason the Citizen as an official artist for Denver based indy collective Fameless Entertainment, who were largely responsible for his second album "Broke For Free" in 2009. This release, a fan favorite, would help him tour across the country and even earned him performance opportunities at the famed SXSW festival in Austin, TX. Shortly afterwards in 2010, he released World Hunger Volume One, a mixtape consisting of 19 free tracks.
Since his last release, Reason the Citizen has been quietly preparing for a series of new projects to be unleashed in 2013 to an eager and awaiting fan base. Although tentatively these releases remain untitled and information about them is closely guarded, they are certain to catapult his name into world wide recognition. With the recent success's of Fameless Entertainment label-mates Input, Broken and Caleb Slade, Reason the Citizen is sure to follow closely behind, adding a unique flavor to the collectives already diverse roster. Although the true potential of his music has yet to blossom, Reason the Citizen is guaranteed to to captivate audiences for years to come.