Fareed was born in Philadelphia in November of 1986. At the young age of 11, Reed’s rapping mentor, Nino Brown saw a musical flare in him and pushed Reed to become who he is today. Nino Brown put Reed into the studio using his own money and encouraged the young rapper to participate in many rap battles. Growing up in the Bartram Village projects in Southwest Philadelphia with his grandmother, Reed learned early on how to fend for himself.
The glitz and glamour of street life was not far behind. Reed has faced many hardships while coming up on the drug-infested 58th Street. But all this has never stopped him from economic pressures and obligations to his family. And this material wealth has just pushed him to do more. Reed Dollaz currently has the highest sold mix-tapes in Philadelphia and the tri-state area. He has made a powerful impact on the music scene with mix-tapes and DVD’s. His underground projects have made him the highest-grossing hip-hop artist in Philadelphia. His discography includes A.A.P. (August 2005), Dollar Day (November 2005), Enemy of the State (May 2006), and Say Cheese (December 2006) – which all endeavor to promote him as Philadelphia’s poster child. With over 30 DVD’s and films under his belt Reed’s filmography is too extensive to mention.
Reed’s talent has been recognized at both at the underground and mainstream level. Reed was nominated for Best Up and Coming Artist at the Philadelphia Hip-Hop Awards. Reed has performed on Power 99’s Come-Up Show numerous times. He has also performed on BET’s 106 & Park on Freestyle Friday and at BET’s Spring Bling in South Beach. Reed has had collaborations with many main stream music artists including: Doug E. Fresh (Def Jam), Rob Base, Yung Joc (Bad Boy South), Freeway (Roc-a-fella/G-Unit), Gillie Da Kid, Cyssero, Ricah Marley, Young Steff, Roscoe P. Coldchain, and Sand Man.
Reed’s lyrical style is being recognized across the country. With networking communities such as MySpace and YouTube Reed’s work is being seen across the world. Reed has an alarming 800,000 MySpace plays and an astounding 4 million YouTube views. These numbers include the 52 fake Reed Dollaz pages posted by fans.
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