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Thad Reid is the streets. Not only is he a grimy Richmond boulevard, he’s a cracked rural Amherst County road, a rustic Clifton Forge trail and a smoothly paved parkway in Fairfax. Aptly nicknamed, “The Voice of the Commonwealth,” Reid’s rap style exhibits the depth of Common, the clarity of Ludacris, and the passion and knowledge of Krs-One—abstractly packaged behind piercing eyes and a newly-slimmed physique. With his independently released album, “Memorial Day,”— inspired by a car accident, claiming the lives of two close friends after Reid’s tired eyes were shielded from the road ahead of him—seven mixtapes, including the recent DJbooth.net sponsored "Target Practice", and a stage presence witnessed by patrons of various local venues, Reid is well on his way to building his personal brand in the music industry. Born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia, a rural city about seventy miles south of Charlottesville, Reid contributes to the southern takeover evident in hip-hop music today by areas such as Atlanta. His interest in hip-hop and rhyming was peaked at 17, but it was during his undergraduate years at James Madison University when he started seriously writing, recording and performing.