When you are coming out of Chicago there is the presumed pressure to be dope and you must show why your own lane is the one that will lead you to success. For Southside native Ronnie Ronnie, that pressure won’t burst pipes.
Ronnie has released a new project, MEAN, which serves as a sampler of why he is next up. For Ronnie this is his first project in six years. The project brings a new frame to hip-hop and R&B from the city and will show why you should be on the lookout for more.
Find out why it took six years to create MEAN and more about Ronnie Ronnie in the Circuit Breaker below.
For those who don’t know you, where are you from?
Ronnie Ronnie: I’m from the Southside of Chicago. Mostly in the Hyde Park area but I bounced around all of the Southside.
How did you decide to go with the name Ronnie Ronnie?
Ronnie Ronnie: My real name is Aaron and at the end of it is Ron. Growing up my father didn’t want me to have a nickname, I don’t know why. When I decided I wanted to make me a name my mom was like “why don’t you go with Ron?” I thought it was horrible and a couple of weeks later I said Ronnie. My original name was Ronnie Fidel, playing with some Cuban jokes. We dropped it and ran with Ronnie Ronnie and it fit with what the product that was being put out.
When did you take music seriously?
Ronnie Ronnie: Around my sophomore year of high school. I was just rapping, backpack rapping. Then the beat making, all of that came around at the same time.
If you had to only live with three albums on an island what are you picking?
Ronnie Ronnie: I’m taking some form of Michael Jackson album so I’m guessing I’m going to take Off the Wall. I’m going to take a Stevie Wonder album, any Stevie Wonder album. I’m going to take College Dropout just cause.
When you going in to create a track, do you have a pre-recording ritual?
Ronnie Ronnie: For the EP it was pretty random, I go in and try to put on something comfortable, but not mummy because you never know who going to walk in. I usually rehearse whatever I’m going to do in that session at least two weeks ahead of time.
How do you continue to challenge yourself as an artist?
Ronnie Ronnie: It’s also my crew, the people behind me. They stay on me about being musically at a certain level. The EP was a good little demo of stuff we comprised. We try to make sure we elevate every time we come back.
What led to the development of your EP?
Ronnie Ronnie: I was working on a full length with someone and it ended up not going through so that left me with a lot of time to myself on how to zone in on myself. I was a little salty at first but all you can do is come back and working harder. The EP was a bunch of songs already written that I wanted to just give to the public.
Was there a certain style or plan?
Ronnie Ronnie: The goal for this was to introduce the character I want to present in music more than everything. I’m trying to establish myself. The main goal is like a light introduction into musically where we are trying to take it.
Are there any other lessons that you have learned to this point?
Ronnie Ronnie: Always be prepared. That’s it, always be prepared.
What else do you have in work for the year?
Ronnie Ronnie: I have something else coming but we really early, just be on the look for the full length. Natural Feel is the name of that project and it’s going to be crazy.