MC Ren

MC Ren

Biography

Lorenzo Jerald Patterson (born June 16, 1969), better known by his stage name MC Ren, is an American rapper from Compton, California. He is the founder and owner of his own record label Villain Entertainment. His moniker is derived from the middle letters in his first name (Lorenzo).

Ren began his career signed as a solo artist to Eazy E's Ruthless Records in early 1987, while still attending high school. By the end of 1987, after having written almost half of Eazy E's debut album Eazy-Duz-It, he was included in the influential gangsta rap group N.W.A with Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and DJ Yella, which popularized the use of explicit lyrics in rap to detail the violence of street life. After the group disbanded in 1991, he stayed with Ruthless, putting out several platinum and gold selling albums, before leaving the label in 1999.

MC Ren subsequently released his debut album Kizz My Black Azz in 1992. It reached platinum. MC Ren's next album, Life Sentence, was scrapped while he converted to the Nation of Islam with guidance from DJ Train. Shock of the Hour in 1993 was released the next year. It also features the single "Mayday on the Front Line" which appeared in the film CB4. MC Ren soon fell on hard times when DJ Train died in a burning house before the release of The Villain in Black (1996). The album sold relatively well for a brief period. Before leaving Ruthless Records, Ren released Ruthless for Life (1998) which proved a small comeback, selling moderately well. In 2000, he appeared on the song "Hello" which featured Dr. Dre and Ice Cube on Ice Cube's War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc) album. He joined the Up In Smoke Tour that same year just to rap this verse on this track. He appeared on the posse cut "Some L.A. Niggaz" from Dr. Dre's 2001 album.

MC Ren released the straight-to-DVD Lost in the Game in 2004. His most recent work has appeared on some more politically oriented projects such as with Public Enemy, specifically Paris' album Hard Truth Soldiers Vol. 1 as well as on Public Enemy's album Rebirth of a Nation. Paris stated in an interview that "MC Ren is retired and won't be doing a full-length album as far as I know. I get at him for verses, that's about it."

MC Ren appeared on the VH1 Hip Hop Honors talking about Eazy-E in the tribute to him. As of late 2007, Ren was supposed to be in work with Long Beach-based rapper RBX alongside Big Rocc on the group Concrete Criminals and although a debut album was promised, nothing came out of it. In 2009, MC Ren finished his fourth studio album entitled Renincarnated which was released under his own record label Villain Entertainment on October 31, 2009. Renincarnated was only released in the US. In 2014 MC Ren released a new single called Rebel Music. Ren also worked with his former N.W.A band mate Ice Cube on Rebel Music (Remix).

Discography

MC Ren - Kizz My Black Azz

MC Ren - Kizz My Black Azz

Ruthless Records, Priority Records 1992
MC Ren - Shock Of The Hour

MC Ren - Shock Of The Hour

Ruthless Records, Relativity 1993
MC Ren - The Villain In Black

MC Ren - The Villain In Black

Ruthless Records 1996
MC Ren - Ruthless For Life

MC Ren - Ruthless For Life

Ruthless Records, Epic 1998
MC Ren - Renincarnated

MC Ren - Renincarnated

Villain Entertainment 2009

Guest Appearances

Eazy-E - Eazy-Duz-It
  • 2 Hard Mutha's

Eazy-E - Eazy-Duz-It

Ruthless Records, Priority Records 1988
The D.O.C. - No One Can Do It Better
  • The Grand Finale

The D.O.C. - No One Can Do It Better

Ruthless Records, Atlantic 1989
Above The Law - Livin’ Like Hustlers
  • The Last Song

Above The Law - Livin’ Like Hustlers

Ruthless Records, Epic 1990
CPO - To Hell And Black
  • Ballad Of A Menace

CPO - To Hell And Black

Capitol Records 1990
Above The Law - Black Mafia Life
  • Process Of Elimination (Untouchakickamurdaqtion)

Above The Law - Black Mafia Life

Ruthless Records 1992
Street Soulga' - Life Threatnin Dawn Of The Dead
  • Eye Of The Storm (Continued From #1)

Street Soulga' - Life Threatnin Dawn Of The Dead

Blak Koncrete Recordz 1994
Kam - Made In America
  • Down Fa Mine

Kam - Made In America

EastWest Records America 1995
Above The Law - Time Will Reveal
  • Killaz In The Park

Above The Law - Time Will Reveal

Tommy Boy 1996
Eazy-E - Str8 Off Tha Streetz Of Muthaphukkin Compton
  • Tha Muthaphukkin Real

Eazy-E - Str8 Off Tha Streetz Of Muthaphukkin Compton

Ruthless Records 1996
Yukmouth - Thugged: Out The Albulation
  • Stallion

Yukmouth - Thugged Out: The Albulation

Rap-A-Lot Records 1998
Dr. Dre - The Chronic 2001
  • Some L.A. Niggaz

Dr. Dre - The Chronic 2001

Aftermath Entertainment 1999
Bigg Nastee - My Life, Dreams & Feelings
  • Gansta P.O.V.

Bigg Nastee - My Life, Dreams & Feelings

Private I Records, Mercury, Loco-MoShun Records 1999
Snoop Dogg - Tha Last Meal
  • Set It Off

Snoop Dogg - Tha Last Meal

No Limit Records, Priority Records 2000
Ice Cube - War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc)
  • Hello

Ice Cube - War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc)

Priority Records 2000
Cypress Hill - Stoned Raiders
  • Southland Killers

Cypress Hill - Stoned Raiders

Columbia 2001
Kurupt - Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey
  • The Hardest Mutha Fuckas

Kurupt - Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey

Antra Records, Artemis Records, Epic 2001
Ms. Toi - That Girl
  • Bangin'

Ms. Toi - That Girl

Universal Records 2001
King T. - The Kingdom Come
  • 2 G's From Compton

King T. - The Kingdom Come

Greedy Green Entertainment 2002
WC - Ghetto Heisman
  • Wanna Ride

WC - Ghetto Heisman

Def Jam Recordings 2002
The D.O.C. - Deuce
  • The Shit

The D.O.C. - Deuce

Silverback Records 2003
Down - California Cowboys
  • The Villain And The Homie Down

Down - California Cowboys

Down By Law Recordings 2003
E-A-Ski - Past And Present
  • The Format

E-A-Ski - Past And Present

Infared Music Group 2003
3 Way Funk - 3 Way Funk
  • We Roll Deep

3 Way Funk - 3 Way Funk

Smooth-N-Lethal Records 2004
Public Enemy Featuring Paris - Rebirth Of A Nation
  • Hard Truth Soldiers

Public Enemy Featuring Paris - Rebirth Of A Nation

Guerrilla Funk Recordings 2006
Tha Chill - Chillafornia EP
  • Have Dat Money Rite

Tha Chill - Chillafornia EP

Hoopla Media Group 2010
Tha Chill - Chillafornia
  • $ Right

Tha Chill - Chillafornia

Big Homie Music, Cycadelic Records 2012
Tha Chill - Big Homie Muzic, Vol. 2
  • John Doe

Tha Chill - Big Homie Muzic, Vol. 2

Bump Johnson Inc. 2012
Ice Cube - Remain Calm
  • Rebel Music (Remix)

Ice Cube - Remain Calm

Cover City Rec. 2015

Compilations

CB4 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • May Day On The Front Line

Various - CB4 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

MCA Records 1992
Eazy-E - Eternal E
  • We Want Eazy

Eazy-E - Eternal E

Priority Records 1995
Original Gangstas (The Soundtrack)
  • Who Wanna Be The Villain

Various - Original Gangstas (The Soundtrack)

Noo Trybe Records, Virgin 1996
Rapmasters: From Tha Priority Vaults Volume 4
  • Behind The Scenes

Various - Rapmasters: From Tha Priority Vaults Volume 4

Priority Records 1996
Rapmasters: From Tha Priority Vaults Volume 5
  • Final Frontier

Various - Rapmasters: From Tha Priority Vaults Volume 5

Priority Records 1997
Ruthless Records Tenth Anniversary Compilation - Decade Of Game
  • Final Frontier

Various - Ruthless Records Tenth Anniversary Compilation: Decade Of Game

Ruthless Records 1998
N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton - 10th Anniversary Tribute
  • Compton's N The House (Live)

N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton (10th Anniversary Tribute)

Priority Records 1998
The N.W.A. Legacy Volume 1 1988 - 1998
  • Final Frontier

Various - The N.W.A Legacy Volume 1 1988 - 1998

Priority Records 1999
Pandemonium
  • Gangsta

Various - Pandemonium

Snake Pit Records 2001
Bones - Original Motion Picture Houndtrack
  • Legend Of Jimmy Bones

Various - Bones - Original Motion Picture Houndtrack

Priority Records 2001
Ice Cube - Greatest Hits
  • Hello

Ice Cube - Greatest Hits

Priority Records 2001
Red Star Sounds Volume 2: B-Sides
  • Wanna Ride

Various - Red Star Sounds Volume 2: B-Sides

Def Jam Recordings 2002
The N.W.A. Legacy 2
  • Hello

Various - The N.W.A. Legacy 2

Priority Records, Capitol Records 2002
DJ Kay Slay - The Streetsweeper Vol. 1
  • Westside Driveby

DJ Kay Slay - The Streetsweeper Vol. 1

Columbia 2003
Fredwreck - Greatest Hits Episode 1
  • Hardest Muthafuckaz

Fredwreck - Greatest Hits Episode 1

DPG Recordz 2005
Kurupt - Kurupt's Greatest
  • The Hardest Mutha Fuckas

Kurupt - Kurupt's Greatest

Treacherous Records, Bungalo Records 2005
Various - French Braids Presents Past And Present Hitz 2000-2005
  • Me & My Hommies

Various - French Braids Presents Past And Present Hitz 2000-2005

French Braids Entertainment 2005
Various - Lil Coner Presents Connections: Time Is Money
  • We Roll Deep

Various - Lil Coner Presents Connections: Time Is Money

Connected Inc. 2005
Hard Truth Soldiers Vol. 1
  • Still Ain't Free

Various - Hard Truth Soldiers Vol. 1

Guerrilla Funk Recordings 2006
Live From Da Gutter: Soundtrack
  • Fuck Your Fine Ass Bitch

Various - Live From Da Gutter: Soundtrack

F.U. Pay Me Records 2006
Lil Coner - Portraits Of A Gangstar
  • Roll Deep

Lil Coner - Portraits Of A Gangstar

Connected Inc. 2006
Eazy-E - Featuring...Eazy E
  • Ruthless Villian

Eazy-E - Featuring...Eazy E

Priority Records, Ruthless Records, EMI 2007
Cypress Hill - Original Album Classics
  • Southland Killers

Cypress Hill - Original Album Classics

Columbia, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Legacy 2008
N.W.A. And Their Family Tree
  • Final Frontier

Various - N.W.A And Their Family Tree

Priority Records, EMI 2008
Yukmouth - 18K: The Golden Era (Deluxe Edition)
  • Stallion

Yukmouth - 18K: The Golden Era (Deluxe Edition)

Smoke-A-Lot Records 2013
Various - Straight Outta Compton (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • We Want Eazy

Various - Straight Outta Compton (Music From The Motion Picture)

UME 2016