Reef The Lost Cauze (born Sharif T. Lacey in 1981) is a prominent underground hip hop artist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Reef became well known on the underground circuit towards the late 1990s and more so in the early 2000s, making his mark by winning many battle competitions within New York and interstate and displaying rare skills of what many called true MCing.
Releasing The High Life album in 2001, Cauze moved on by teaming up with his past partners and friends and released The Invisible Empire in 2003 to much critical acclaim and thus establishing his name amongst many circles and true hip hop heads, as well as the underground. Feast or Famine was released in 2005 again to positive critical reception, as well as his side project, The Torture Papers, being part of the rap/hip-hop supergroup Army of the Pharaohs in 2006.
Born Sharif Lacey in West Philadelphia, Reef the Lost Cauze came up in hip-hop as a lethal battle-rap MC. He defeated opponents in all types of venues, from school grounds to grimy back alleys to professional competitions. In 2000, despite obtaining a scholarship, he quit film school after only the first year to involve himself more in hip-hop music.
The High Life and Invisible Empire (2001-2004)Edit
His first two albums, The High Life (2002) and Invisible Empire (2003), were released locally and put his name on the map for Philadelphia's underground rap scene. Nonetheless, it was the regional and national battle-rap competitions that gave his career a real boost. He finally landed an album deal jointly with Eastern Conference and Good Hands, the former owned by New York underground MC/DJ pair the High & Mighty.
Feast or Famine, JuJu Mob & Army of the Pharaohs (2005-2007)Edit
The more well-rounded effort Feast or Famine arrived in 2005, boasting the DJ Mighty Mi-produced "Fair One," which also featured Boot Camp Clik's top MC Sean Price, as the lead 12" single. In the years that followed his third album, a few local mixtapes were released, but the Philadelphia MC had success in doing several collaborations and features. He was invited into the Philadelphia crew JuJu Mob, who released their 2005 album Black Candles on Eastern Conference, as well as the underground super-collective Army of the Pharaohs, led by Jedi Mind Tricks frontman Vinnie Paz, in 2006. He was featured on both albums The Torture Papers and Ritual of Battle.
A Vicious Cycle, The Stress Files & The Unholy Terror (2008-2010)Edit
In 2008, Reef released his fifth album, which contained production completely from Stress the White Boy; The Stress Files. He also made a return for Army of the Pharaohs third studio album; The Unholy Terror in 2010.
Your Favourite MC, High Life (2011-2013)Edit
Reef announced he was working on a remake on his debut album The High Life, titled High Life 2013. It is the fifth studio album from him and was released on December 17, 2013. It was confirmed that it is the re-release as well as the sequel of The High Life.
- The High Life (2001)
- Invisible Empire (2003)
- Feast or Famine (2005)
- A Vicious Cycle (2008)
- King & The Cauze (2009) (With King Magnetic)
- Reef the Lost Cauze is Dead (2012)
- Big Deal (2009)
- The Stress Files (Produced by Stress The White Boy) (2008)
- Fight Music (Produced by Guns-N-Butter) (2010)
- Black Candles (with JuJu Mob) (2005)
- TBA (with JuJu Mob) (2015)
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