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|Birth name||Ronnie King|
September 16, 1963 |
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Genres||Pop, pop rock, classical,|
|Occupation(s)||Producer, composer, arranger, musician and philanthropist.|
|Instruments||Piano, keyboards, vocals.|
Ronnie King is founder of Ronnie King Music and co-founder of Ronnie King Entertainment. Mr. King is a Multi-Platinum, Diamond Certified (more than 10 million units) Oscar and Grammy Nominated producer, composer, arranger, musician and philanthropist. He has collaborated with multimillion-dollar selling artists such as Mariah Carey, Tyrese, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, The Offspring and Rancid.
His sound is universally recognized and he is one of the few producers alive today who is known for his work across music genres: from rap to punk, from country to blues, from classical to world music and so on. His professionalism and flexibility has established his reputation within the highly competitive and ever evolving music industry. King is known for his famous collaborations and also his penchant for developing and producing new artists.
Ronnie King grew up in Palm Springs, California, a highly disciplined student of classical and jazz piano who later studied Theory at Berkeley. In the early 90’s he began touring with bands such as El Debarge and Timmy T who had a hit during the Gulf War called, “One More Try.” King’s work soon caught the eye of Jerry Heller, manager the legendary gangsta rap group NWA, whose members included hip hop icons Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre, the latter would go on to discover and produce Eminem.
Known for his multi-platinum and diamond certified collaboration with the late Tupac Shakur on tracks such as “Better Dayz” along with the pioneer producer, Johnny J., King laid the groundwork for the rise of one of hip hop music’s greatest stars as well as establishing a sound that was uniquely his own. His analog Moog keyboard and Hammond organ led him to become one of the most bootlegged, sampled and copied producers in this generation of hip hop and popular music. Having established himself in the world of hip hop, King also fell back on his passion for punk music.
Showing his versatility, King has toured with bands such as The Offspring and his keyboards are featured in their single “Hit That” King co-founded the LA punk supergroup The Joykiller comprised by former members of the pioneer punk band TSOL.. He has recorded with NOFX, Pennywise, and The Distillers. Despite his busy schedule King also found time to tour with the platinum-selling band Rancid. King has been known to go surfing with Pearl Jam, play golf with Adrian Young from No Doubt, and Fat Mike from NOFX and go snowboarding with rapper Big Syke. In 2005, “Resurrection” a documentary about the life and death of Tupac Shakur was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 77th Academy Awards. Ronnie King’s collaborations with the late rapper were featured in the award-winning soundtrack. King has always been interested in working with artists outside of the United States. Thanks to his close friend, Luciano Jr. former member of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, he was introduced to legendary South American producer Alejandro Taranto. Together they began work in Argentina with the MTV Award Winning and Grammy nominated band, Infierno 1.
King is Music Supervisor for the investment company ASG Entertainment.
- 2Pac, keyboards on Still I Rise, Until the End of Time
- Snoop Dogg, Hammond organ on Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$
- Cory Mo
- Slim Thug
- Glenna Bell
- Mariah Carey, Moog synthesizer on Rainbow
- Shady Montage (Shade Sheist), keyboards on Shake You Down single
- The Offspring, keyboards on Splinter and Days Go By
- NOFX, additional guitar on The War on Errorism
- Rancid, live keyboards on 1998 tour
- Pennywise, Freestyle piano on Full Circle's hidden track
- Bizzy Bone
- The Joykiller, keyboards
- Tyrese, keyboards on I Wanna Go There
- K-Ci & JoJo
- Pepper (band), keyboards on In With the Old
- Ten West
- Warren G
- Big Syke
- Kaleo from Pepper (band)
- Craig Mack, keyboards on Operation: Get Down
- The Distillers, piano on The Distillers
- Mason Reed
- Core 10
- Infierno 18 Keyboards on Ya era hora (Argentina)