About MC Ren
MC Ren is the stage name of Lorenzo Jerald Patterson. He’s an American actor, rapper, record producer, and songwriter from Compton, California. He began his career as a solo artist signed to the label Ruthless Records in the early 1980s. The following decade, after he spent a significant amount of time with the group N.W.A., he founded his own record label Villain Records. Since then, he has gained popularity with his west coast hip hop projects, as well as, his lyrics that highlight socialism, class struggle, imperialism, institutional racism, and religion.
How did MC Ren earn his net worth?
The rapper and record producer became rich when he joined the N.W.A. After his graduation from high school, MC Ren was planning to join the US Army, however, after he watched the 1987 film he changed his mind. In 1987, he officially signed with Eazy E’s label Ruthless Records. He spent the next year or so working with his friend for the creation of his debut studio album “Eazy-Duz-It”, which was released in November 1988. The album had an instant success and it is widely regarded to be one of the greatest gangsta rap albums of all time.
In the early 1990s, while he was winning barely $10.000, Ren joined the group N.W.A (Niggas With Attitudes). While he was part of the group, he participated in their first studio project, the extended play “N.W.A. and the pose”, and well as their two studio albums – “Straight Outta Compton” and “Niggaz4Life”, both of which became chart-topping hits in twenty countries. Joining the N.W.A. was a career-defining moment for the young rapper who was able to earn more than $1 million by 1992. After he left the group, Ren embarked on a solo career.
Why is he so famous?
MC Ren became famous when he signed to Eazy-E’s label “Ruthless Records”. Lorenzo was born on June 16, 1969, in Compton, California. He has two brothers and one sister. In the 1970s, his father opened his own barbershop. During his teenage years, in an attempt to make money, Lorenzo joined the local gang Kelly Park Compton Crips”. Unfortunately for him, he was unable to find a lot of prosperity so he turned to drug dealing instead.
Lorenzo attended the Dominguez High School, which he graduated from in 1968. During his time in the institution, Lorenzo developed an interest in hip hop music and met his future collaborators – DJ Train and MC Chip. He began writing songs in the late 1970s and created his stage name MC Ren (the moniker is derived from the middle letters in his name). Alongside MC Chip, he formed the group, Awesome Crew. Simultaneously with performing at various nightclubs and parties, in the 1980s, he joined forces with another childhood friend – Eazy-E (Eric Wright).
What makes him so successful?
The success of MC Ren comes from his many critically-acclaimed music projects. His first solo music project was the extended play “Kiss my Black Arse”. In the early 1990s, he began releasing studio albums, with the first one being “Shock of the Hour”, released in November 1993 through the label Ruthless Records. by the end of the decade, he had released two more albums – “The Villain in Black” and “Ruthless for Life”. His latest album is “Reincarcerated” from October 2009.
At the peak of his career, in the 1990s, MC Ren also ventured a career in acting. He starred in films and series, with his television debut coming in the documentary “Niggas for life: The Only Home Video”, released in 1993. Since then, he has taken part in many other documentaries such as “30 For 30”, “Streets of Compton”, “The Defiant Ones”, and “The Miracle Mile Shot”. He also appeared in over 50 soundtrack albums, including “The Freshman”, “Bones”, “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas”, “Straight Outta Compton”, and “Us”.
MC Ren is a popular face in the hip hop world. He emerged as a rising star in the 1980s and found himself as part of various hip hop groups and labels such as N.W.A. Since the late years of the century, he began releasing his own music. He has released four solo studio albums, three collaborative albums, and one extended play. Outside of the music, MC Ren has also appeared in a number of television films and series.