“Ronny J is the producer at the center of South Florida’s belligerent rap scene, first making beats for Denzel Curry, and now supplying younger locals like Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, and more. He has quickly, and quietly, become one of the most influential beatmakers of his generation, producing heavily distorted rave rap through the speakers on his laptop, inspiring a new class of rabble-rousers and rap anarchists.” – Pitchfork
“Over the past few years, no rap producer’s name has been more synonymous with distortion than Ronny J. Though born in Camden, New Jersey, the 25-year-old is best known as the sonic anchor to South Florida’s rambunctious hip hop scene.” – The FADER
“After making a name for himself as one of hip-hop’s most distinctive producers, Ronny J has been branching out as an artist in his own right. The arrival of his debut album OMGRONNY last year solidified him as a multi-talented musician, and now he’s been showcasing his versatility even further with another string of strong singles.” – Complex
“Ronny J Is Hip-hop’s Most In-Demand Producer, And He Knows It” – Interview
“There’s a sound: blown-out and lo-fi, with enormous, thumping bass and explosive, percussive rap flows. And pretty much all of it can be traced to the producer Ronald J Spence Jr, better known as Ronny J.” – Vice
“More people know my name than know my face,” admits Ronny J. “I plan to change that.” The Miami-based 27-year-old has made hits for Kanye West, Eminem, Denzel Curry, XXXTentacion, Ski Mask the Slump God, 6ix9ine, Iggy Azalea, Bhad Bhabie, Lil Pump, and many others. However, apart from being one of the most sought-after producers in Rap and Reggaeton, Ronny J is a proven artist with an incredible catalog. July 31’s Jupiter shows Ronny J’s face and name shining among the stars, as one of music’s most influential and versatile voices.
Ronald O’Neil Spence Jr. was born in Camden, New Jersey, a hard-luck city across the river from Philadelphia. Of Black and Italian heritage, Ronny’s family bounced around the area, before calling nearby Woodbury his home. He remembers continuously moving alongside his sister and single mother—whose ailments prevented her from working, making for tough times. Music provided Ronny with an outlet. He played drums and percussion, both in the church as well as the marching band. Following high school, Ronny pivoted to beat-making, after friend Charlie Heat launched a successful career. “I fell in love with it and never looked back.”
Meanwhile, Ronny relocated to Miami and enrolled at Barry University. However, music served as his real motivation. “I wasn’t going home until I could change my mom’s life. That’s what I did.” He made it happen through hard work and tapping into the scene. One Thanksgiving, Ronny did not have the money to go home to be with his family. Instead, he spent the holiday putting his frustration into beats. One of those tracks became “Threatz,” a breakthrough Denzel Curry song from 2013’s Nostalgic 64. Now a video single with 14 million views, it was an affirmation. “The popularity that came from creating a big song with Denzel led me to everyone. My work ethic made me the go-to guy. Out of nowhere, I came across XXX’ and Ski, then Pump and ‘Purpp.” Ronny’s distorted sound was suddenly at the epicenter of Miami’s rap renaissance.
From the onset, Ronny created solo songs too. “I never planned to be in the background,” he notes. Inspired by artists like Pharrell and Kanye, the hit-making producer moved more into the spotlight. “I always knew that I wasn’t a typical producer; I knew there was more to me—I have musical ability beyond making beats—my lyrics, my voice, and my vision,” he explains. 2018’s OMGRONNY cemented that versatility, including the single “Costa Rica,” a smash Ski-assisted video with over 85 million combined views and streams. Several other tracks are close behind.
Despite streams in the billions and a staggering discography, 2020’s Jupiter asserts recognition for Ronny J. “Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system and the brightest to the naked eye. I feel like I’m the biggest at what I do.” Fresh off of co-producing “I Love It” and “Everything We Need,” Ronny J retraces Kanye’s progression from producer to artist to cultural leader. “I have to believe in myself confidently, or no one else will,” shares the man with experience in fashion, design, and visual art. The album features Ty Dolla $ign, Duki, and Sfera Ebbasta, with the latter two appearing on debut single, “Miami.” Other highlights include the ‘90s Rock-inspired “Typical,” the drumless melody of “Famous,” and an XXX’-inspired closer, “Destiny.” Across 12 dynamic songs, Jupiter burns bright for all to see, as Ronny J enters the next phase of creativity.