By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
At 21-years-old, Ron-Ron The Producer has officially made a name for himself in the rap game.
Coming up alongside the wave of Shoreline Mafia and LA rap as a whole, the Watts native is here to put on for all producers across the boards.
AllHipHop caught up with Ron-Ron at OG King Louie’s studio/dispensary in downtown Los Angeles to talk about how he turned his hobby into a career.
AllHipHop: How did you get into production?
Ron-Ron: My cousin Ace The Face, he makes beats with me. He made the “Bands” for Shoreline Mafia. He made that beat. Me and him basically been at it since day one. I happened to come up first, and he didn’t mind. He really wanted me to come up first, so he just taught me everything. I just ran with it and kept going. He was moving back forth, so it was stopping him from making beats.
Ron-Ron: Yeah. He in LA now, but he was moving back and forth from Fontana and s##t.
AllHipHop: What was the first piece of equipment you had.
Ron-Ron: Just a regular laptop. Not even a laptop, it was a big CPU. A big old computer, like 2000. It was bulls##t: running slow, beats crashing. I didn’t even have the full FL Studio when I first started. I was using the demo version and I had to save my beats there. I couldn’t go back to them or nothing.
AllHipHop: As a producer, what is the one piece of Hardware that has most revolutionized your production style?
Ron-Ron: The keyboard. I don’t really know how to play the keyboard, I just f##k with the keys and it sounds good. I just run with it. I’d say the keyboard because, without that, some of the s##t wouldn’t be the s##t that it is.
AllHipHop: Who are your Top 5 producers?
Ron-Ron: Lex Luger, Dr. Dre, P Diddy, Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Zaytoven.
AllHipHop: Outside of hip-hop, do you have any great producers from the history of music that you look up to?
Ron-Ron: Not really because I listen to a lot of hip-hop.
AllHipHop: Walk us through the process of creating a beat to selling it to landing a placement to collecting the royalty.
Ron-Ron: First, I just come up with melody. Then after the melody, I come up with the clap. Then after the clap, I put the hi-hats. After the hi-hats, I put the bass. Then I put snares and little effects, and that’s the beat. I lay it out., boom. Convert it to mp3. Then TK or one of my managers come to the studio and I’ll play some beats. Then I’ll get a placement.
AllHipHop: So they do the placement part?
Ron-Ron: Basically. They do all the royalties and shit for me, so all I have to do is make beats.
AllHipHop: Are producers finally getting enough credit?
Ron-Ron: No. Hell no. F##k no. I think we need to have our names on every f##king thing like the artists. We need to have “produced by so and so” on everything. Say, for instance, if I do a song with G Herbo or somebody, I have them featuring me. If I put out a record, it should be Ron-Ron featuring whoever. That’s what I’m trying to do.