Eugene resident Simon Baum, better known by his stage name, RxN (Reaction), is a man equipped with an arsenal of artistic identities including recording artist, engineer, producer, and videographer. Creatively expressive, RxN’s lyricism paints vivid imagery on the canvas of the mind via engaging storytelling and heterogeneous wordplay coalescing into a captivating combination of relatable hip hop, both old school and new school. His sonic-sovereignty doesn’t stop there, but encompasses an array of eclectic styles ranging from classical to EDM (including dubstep and trap).
As with many colleagues in his field, music acts as his means for escape from life’s ailments, trials, and frustrations- the emotional outlet. Much like the legend of the phoenix who rises from the ashes of turmoil to breathe in new life and new beginnings, revealing a true beauty manifested as music. It all began with a just-for-fun cover of the song “Rack City” by Tyga; receiving hundreds of hits and hundreds more compliments, the cover became an unanticipated first step towards emerging as the artist he is today. RxN could certainly be a poster-child for success through perseverance and dedication. As time has honed his skills, his skills have earned him higher-quality gear which, in turn, has yielded superior music and video production.
Recently, RxN secured a place among the final contestants in the MULA Competition hosted by TeamBackPack and has completed his internship for Tyler Johnson, an engineer/producer in North Hollywood, CA. RxN has since been preparing to release his “Cause and Effect” mixtape which is set for release on January 25, 2015.
Through all of his efforts, he has a positively inspiring message to share with the world: Never give up on yourself; reach for the impossible, disprove your critics, follow what drives you, and never settle for being “regular”. If life is a game, you decide what type of player to be: a hero, a villain, or someone who watches time slip away.
Written by: Matt Brewster 01/2015