An original founding member of the Crash Crew, Reggie Reg was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. Growing up, Reggie Reg's early music influences were 70's R&B and Funk groups like Earth, Wind & Fire, The Jacksons, Parliament Funkadelics, BT Express, Lakeside, The Isley Brothers, and the BarKays, just to name a few. Reggie Reg got his first exposure to Hip Hop in Harlem going to the Renaissance Ballroom to hear the Sapphire Disco Crew which included Donald Dee B-Fats Mike Gee and others. Reggie Reg got his inspiration to emcee from early Hip Hop groups like Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five, and the Funky Four. Reggie Reg's has maintained his Master of Ceremony career for the past 30+ years and has earned and held down The Crash Crew’s legendary status throughout the world of Hip Hop. Reggie Reg is an energetic and vibrant MC. He is a pacesetter, crowd initiator and front man who begin all of the Crash Crew's routines. He entices the audience without hesitation and the crowds are always hyped up once he is on the stage.
At 16 years old, Reggie Reg joined Mike & Dave Productions, helping to promote neighborhood parties, deejaying and emceeing. Mike & Dave managed The Crash Crew and arranged a studio session where they recorded their first song "High Powered Rap" in 1980. Mike and Dave met with DJ AJ which resulted in The Crash Crew's first club performance in the Bronx at the T-Connection, in 1980. The Crash Crew signed with Sugar Hill Records and in 1981 "We Want to Rock" was recorded. In 1982, "Breaking Bells" followed and became one of their biggest hits. The Crash Crew, The Grand Master Flash and The Furious Five, the Sugar Hill Gang and the Sequence toured extensively. The Crash Crew's discography on Sugar Hill Records also includes: "On the Radio" (1983); "We Are Known As MC’s" (1983); "Here We Are Waiting For You" (1984). Tuff City Records: "The Crash Crew is Back" (1995) produced by Teddy Riley. Mind Bending Music: "The Real Hip Hop" (1996). Flashback Records: "High Powered Rap PT. 2" (1998) produced by Kool D.J. Red Alert. Crash Crew Members: DJ Darryl C (R.I.P.), Reggie Reg, Barry B-Stro, G-Man, La Shubee & EK Mike C Crash Crew Background: In the Summer of 1977, Hip Hop was just starting to take off throughout the urban communities of New York City. Beginning in the Bronx in 1973 and slowly saturating its way to Harlem, the Crash Crew was one of the first Harlem groups from that area to put their legacy on Hip Hop. Beginning as party promoters, along with Mike & Dave Productions, the Crash Crew held events at the local Police Athletic League (PAL) and various neighborhood venues. These hip hop legends pressed, promoted and sold their first single, High Powered Rap from the back of a car trunk. "High Powered Rap" put the Crash Crew on the charts. Yet due to it being an independent record (at that time they were called bootlegs) and not registering the record properly, tax id and all that. The Crash Crew was not able to claim the Certified Gold Status. Yet this smashing single also got the attention of Sugarhill Records, who at the time was the only considered major recording label for Hip Hop in 1979. The Crash Crew signed to Sugarhill Records in 1980 and released “We Want to Rock.” And, even after signing with Sugarhill Records, the Crash Crew stayed true to Harlem and Uptown. They continued to promote parties throughout the five boroughs at venues like Broadway International, The Original Harlem World and Harlem's own Celebrity Club while booking acts with The Treacherous 3, The Magnificent 7, Biz Markie, Rob Base, Kool DJ AJ and Busy Bee Starski, the Fearless Four. Dougie Fresh, Master Don and The Death Committee. In 1980 DJ Afrika Bambaata introduced the Crash Crew to perform in the Bronx alongside the Zulu Nation at the T-Connection, the Ecstasy Garage and the Disco Fever.
In 1982, another Crash Crew hit "Breaking Bells" was released. Touring with The Sugarhill Gang along with Grand Master Flash & the Furious 5, in 1983, the Crash Crew released "On the Radio." Harmony and hot lyrical skills put the Crash Crew in the No. 1 position for 48 weeks on New York City Urban Radio in 1983-84. The Crash Crew's career spans over 30 years.