There are few hip hop heads who are not familar with pioneer DJ from the golden era, Legendary Ron G. Only a very short list of DJs can credit themselves with setting a trend that became a permanent facet of Hip Hop & R&B music; thrroughout his nearly two decade career Ron G has had his mixtape and production work shed light on the careers of Trey Songz, Mary J Blige, B2K, Michael Jackson, DMX, R. Kelly, Fat Joe, J-LO, LL Cool J, Notorious B.I.G., TUPAC, Big L and Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child to name a few. RON G is best known as a DJ, but is also a talented producer, musician and CEO. As a student of NY DJ legend Kool DJ Red Alert he would listen to his infamous show on 107.5 WBLS (NYC) in the late 80s. Ironically he would go on to gain the number one time slot on his show on WBLS nearly a decade later.
As a product of the Polo Grounds Housing Projects in Harlem, NY—which overlooks the infamous Rucker Park playground—Ron would spend hours reading through the pages of Right On and Word Up magazines, dreaming of one day becoming someone big in the rising world of hip hop. With the aid of his mother—who bought Ron his first set of DJ Equipment in the seventh grade—and the paper route money he saved to buy his first set of records, hip hop & R&B music would soon gain a new twist.
After losing his mother to illness, shortly after obtaining the equipment, Ron became determined to exert his sadness into something positive. “When that happened, I stepped up everything,” Ron Recalls of his devastating loss. “I started working double hard, started making more tapes, started getting more parties, and started meeting more people. That was one of the situations that I had to get over and it was really hard, but I did it.
Upon introducing the world to blend mixtapes—which put hip-hop artists’ vocals over R&B tracks and vice versa—they became a 1991 sensation that is now a staple in hip hop music. Having developed the hottest sound on earth, and equipped with an honest approach to the business, soon after, Ron G was embraced by the many legendary artists that often camped out in his in-studio, Harlem apartment. Through his dedication, the Youngest In Charge, eventually, earned a new name, The Mixking.
One of the most memorable moments of the Mixking’s career was when he collaborated with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, producing a blazing track called, One More Chance, on Michael Jackson’s 2004 album, The Ones (Sony Columbia). “I grew up sampling Michael Jackson songs, so it was amazing to do a track for him,” says Ron. “R.I.P Michael.”
Despite experiencing the ups and downs of a young striving entrepreneur, Ron G’s career has outlived many. As he mentioned during his recent week-long stay on B.E.T, his consistent grind hasn’t diminished in the least. He continues to release (internationally and nationally distributed) mix CDs twice a month, often hosted by today’s biggest artists and featuring the hottest signed and unsigned talent.
He also has a Boston, mass-based R&B artist, JV DAPSINGA, who he’s currently negotiating a major deal for. Meanwhile, his exceptional production craft is still in heavy use, mainly in R&B these days, where he’s currently working with some of the top artists. Masterpiece, a popular Tokyo-based clothing line, has also seen the value in the Mixking, who will be assisting the companies marketing campaign with a compilation, to be released later this year.
Additionally, Ron was recently selected to be a guest poker player on the CW11 show, Hip Holdem, where he sat alongside, radio personality Egypt, Brea from America’s Next Top Model and other entertainment industry notables. The overwhelming viewer response to the 30-minute segment prompted the network to air the show numerous times since its initial debut.
Recently JIM JONES & DJ WEBSTAR selected DJ RON G to do his famous vocal trend on the new album titled ROOF TOP. RON G currently has 2 internet radio shows that air Mondays & Sundays Spinning the latest Hip Hop & R&B. HE also was recognized by the XXL magazine for his skills & talent.
An undisputed legend of the game, Ron knows that playing your cards right is the key to success. His advice to those striving to be the innovators of tomorrow is simple. “Be intelligent. You have to know how to hustle, how to make money, how to talk, how to be a part of the game,” he says. “You got to live it, breathe it, smell it and shit it—do all of the above, and you’ll always be alright. And just pray—‘because I pray every single day.
Ron G will also be on www.wutangradio.com every Tues from 8PM-9PM and is also putting the final touches on the upcoming Blue Raspberry Mixtape: Bluminati Blind Fury due out later this week. The mixtape will be available on Blue Raspberry's new official website. www.bluminati.ning.com