By JC Poppe Special to Published Jul 19, 2011 at 2:28 PM

One of the most noteworthy producers in Milwaukee over the last several years has been Reason.

Known as a beatsmith that bridges the gap between the "hood" and "backpacker" sides of the scene, Reason has done extensive work with both Lah Kid and KingHellBastard, in addition to others.

After years of competing in the Miltown Beat Down, this year was finally his year and he won the battle against surprise runner-up Dave "AudioPilot" Derrilykt.

To help show the public at large why he's been a sought-after producer, he's put together a beat tape of some of his favorite works. The project, titled "Champion Sound," is a nice walk through all of his styles. He's even incorporated some sound clips from celebrity guest judge Young Guru's post-MTBD interview with

Reason has released "Champion Sound" for free through his Bandcamp page

JC Poppe Special to

Born in Milwaukee and raised in the Milwaukee suburb of Brown Deer, Concordia University Wisconsin alumnus Poppe has spent the majority of his life in or around the city and county of Milwaukee.

As an advocate of Milwaukee's hip-hop community Poppe began popular local music blog Milwaukee UP in March 2010. Check out the archived entries here.

Though heavy on the hip-hop, Poppe writes about other genres of music and occasionally about food, culture or sports, and is always ready to show his pride in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.