Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link.
Who: At first glance, Rican McGusty is an imposing, even intimidating character. However, spend any time speaking with him or observing him at work, and you will encounter one of the nicest, most soft-spoken, and all around good dudes in H-Town's DJ scene.
Known as BIg Reeks, this aficionado of all things vinyl rocks the party with a true concern for "the vibe", that intangible factor that packs dance floors and leaves party people with an unrivaled satisfaction.
Reeks was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, son of Guyanese and Portuguese parents, as one of four brothers. His West Indian roots drew him into reggae and soca music, the latter being a Caribbean style originating in Trinidad and Tobago. We'll let him continue his story from there:
"I have been into music since my mom and dad played Isaac Hayes and Bob Marley records in our living room in the early 80s. I can remember when Thriller came out and I loved the music, but I was scared to death of the video.
"I have to credit my older brother with putting hip-hop into my life at an early age. I remember him owning the debut Beastie Boys album when I was five year old. I loved the cover of the wrecked plane. I kept a little red boom box to run and record radio jams. It must have taken me at least a hundred attempts to get "Children's Story" from the very beginning. When I was thirteen, he went off to college and left me two crucial albums: Biggie's "Ready to Die", and Tupac's "2pacalyse Now".
"I have always been drawn to East Coast Hip Hop, but Biggie solidified my preference after a few listens of that album. The first two records I bought with my own money were "The Score" by The Fugees, and "ATLiens" by OutKast. DJing became apparent to me when I frequented clubs with my good friend DJ RedSoda. We could not understand why the DJ wouldn't play the songs we wanted to hear (how ironic). After a while, we bought equipment and our careers were born.
"After years of playing free parties, getting booed, and having the worst equipment know to mankind, the struggle finally paid off."
Reeks' weekly lineup includes a jazzy/R&B steak night at Fedora Lounge on Mondays, Waxaholics Thursdays at Double Cross Lounge, KISS Saturdays at The Living Room, and Chocolate Sunday Funday at Fox Hollow. Also, the third Saturday of every month with The Southern Gents at Fox Hollow, as well as many one off events with them. He says that the randomness of his events really makes him laugh, butt that he's the kind of guy that if you inquire about his services because you have heard him play, he will try his hardest to make it happen.
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