Ronald Jenkees is an American composer and musician best known for his YouTube keyboard performances. As of December 2017[update], his YouTube videos have been viewed over 79 million times. Jenkees has released five independent albums: the eponymous album Ronald Jenkees (2007), Disorganized Fun (2009), Days Away (2012), Alpha Numeric (2014), and Rhodes Deep (2017). The artist can be recognized in his videos for the array of hats he wears, his thick coke bottle glasses, and his distinctive voice and accent. He plays the keyboard and also sings.
Jenkees began releasing beats and raps online under the name "Big Cheez" in about 2003. Under this name, he produced the 2005 album Straight Laced by Fish. In 2006, Jenkees started posting funny videos on YouTube, and later began posting music-related videos. These videos usually feature him wearing a hat and greeting his viewers by saying, "Hello YouToobs!" His videos gradually gained popularity, particularly after Bill Simmons from ESPN.com featured Jenkees and asked him to record his podcast theme, and again after being "thumbed up" by members of the StumbleUpon community. In 2007, Jenkees independently released his first studio album, Ronald Jenkees. In June 2009, Jenkees was featured on the STS9 album, Peaceblaster: The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes, producing a remix of "Beyond Right Now". On July 31, 2009, Jenkees released his second album, Disorganized Fun. Both are currently available on physical compact discs or as direct MP3 downloads. He has also recorded a third album, Days Away, which was released in 2012, and a fourth, Alpha Numeric, in (2014). In April 2017, he released a much-awaited album called Rhodes Deep, which was teased on his Instagram account.
A selection of his music (from his first two independent albums, Ronald Jenkees and Disorganized Fun) is included in the Iridium Studios's game "Before the Echo" (previously known as "Sequence").
Jenkees creates a variety of music ranging from electronic music to hip hop to rock and roll using pianos, keyboards, and various PC-controlled electronic synthesizers. He uses keyboard and synthesizer synthetic voices to add a variety of instruments into his sound. The result is a combination of rock and roll with techno or trance-influenced rock opera. In some of his YouTube videos he plays a harmonica in his slower tempo songs.