Posted by Robert
Rap News Network
12/3/2003 12:30:09 AM
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Spend a little time talking to Ronnie King and you can see how he fits in all genre's of the music trade. The comfortable feeling and his openess made for an enjoyable experience. I can understand how he will get this Thugs and Punks Project moving and turn it into a real music event.
Of course I started talking about his days working with Tupac and things just flowed from there. This man has much respect all around the music field. And after this interview you will see why. He is smart and open and you can get the feeling that you know why Tupac and many others call on him for his talents and knowledge. He is a real peep. I enjoyed this very much and I would like to thank Ronnie Kings PR person for hooking all of this up. They made time for me and I know they are very busy people and that just goes to show what kind of people we are talking with here.
If you would like to contact Ronnie Kings PR person here is their e-mail Route66@socal.rr.com . And again thanks to them and to Ronnie for making this possible.
RapNewsDirect: I know Tupac was more than an artist to you, he was your friend. So if you don't mind I'd like to go back to the Death Row days for a bit.
Ronnie King: Ok
RapNewsDirect: I read that you met Tupac thru Johnny J. How did you hook up with Johnny J ?
Ronnie King: I was a well known studio musician in Los Angeles, making all kinds of records, working in all kinds of music, just not rap,hiphop but punk rock Met Johnny thru a talent manager. They got stuck one day , and I had just got off the road with the Offspring and met at the studio and we knocked out a track , and after that Johnny looked at me and said dude your on the team.
RapNewsDirect: Was that at Death Row?
Ronnie King: Oh yea, acctually Death Row was at Can Am Studios. That was the place
we use to record all the records.Death Row didn't have their own studio but they had this studio they had booked out called the Can Am. It's in the valley of Los Angeles. It was a great facility. It had 3 or 4 studios in there, and each room had somebody working in it. You'd have Snoop in one room, Tupac in one room, KC and JoJo in one room. And there were lil production rooms where the producer would be working, it was really great.
RapNewsDirect: Is that where the Makaveli album was done?
Ronnie King: Everything was basically recorded there, yea.
RapNewsDirect: Did you meet Big Syke thru Tupac?
Ronnie King: I met Syke right about the same time, Johnny J was producing some music for Syke to. So it's sorta like it all combusted togeather, it's like I really tapped into a core group of people. And I'm so glad I came thru Pac, because he was definitly the most respected rapper out of all the rappers that were at Death Row, you know what I mean.
RapNewsDirect: So you didn't Know Tupac before he came to Death Row?
Ronnie King: No I didn't. I met Pac at Death Row.
RapNewsDirect: When I spoke to Hurt M Badd he spoke on how 'quick' Tupac worked in the studio. Did that 'quickness' work for you or did it make you uncomfortable how 'quick' things moved?
Ronnie King: Naw, it totally worked for me. He was moving at the same speed I run at, ya know.
RapNewsDirect: 5 and 6 tracks a day?
Ronnie King: Aw dude , we use to do 6, 7 easy. Starting from like 9'oclock at night til 6 in the morning. The whole thing was Pac was like us, but the music was like - Johnny would go in and throw the drum beat down : and he would do that in about 30 min.'s, Johnny's quick to.Johnny's real quick, he really knows his shit. I'd come in but the keyboards and music on top, then Pac would be writting while we were putting the song togeather in about an hour. So realalisticly we could be in and out of a song in a couple of hours, ya know what I mean. Everybody would have to pay attention and the quickness of it really...In one of the movies you seen
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