We had the good fortune of connecting with Ronnie Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ronnie, how do you think about risk?
I view taking risk as the difference between moving forward, and staying stagnant. Think about it, we risk losing balance every time we choose to take a step, literally every time we walk, and it’s the same in any other aspect of our lives.
People often hear the word “risk” and dramatically think of the most extreme options, but I think the biggest risk are the more simpler ones. The ones we take for ourselves, and our own peace of mind. Some of the biggest risk I’ve taken have been ones such as being myself, not quitting on myself, improving myself, as well as investing in myself.
Taking risk allowed me to come out of my comfort zone. It also allowed me to have conversations with people I probably would’ve never had. Take a risk. Choose to do anything, make something happen, don’t just take up space, use it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love music, and I love to create, but I love Hip-hop because Hip-hop re-creates. From fashion trends, to music trends, to the latest dances, and even politics, hip-hop’s influence affects all.
I think what sets me apart is I don’t desire to fit in, I only desire to create what feels good to me first. I have no problem being myself, nor do I have a problem sharing my own unique perspective with the world as I create. Being able to stand at where I am now with a new independent album out, two notable mixtape releases, a couple college tours, & a record shop in the works is a blessing. It was far from easy, and definitely wasn’t overnight, but I never stopped. I never stopped believing, never stopped putting in the work, and I never stopped perfecting my craft.
Lessons I’ve learned along the way play a huge role in how I move today. One major lesson I’ve learned is to stay consistent. Consistency brings forth change, it’s brings forth results. Another would be that I’ve learned that honesty is timeless. What’s considered to be cool changes every chance it can, but the truth will always be the truth, and that’s what Ronnie Brown as a brand represents, authenticity, integrity, & truth.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First and foremost I’m a New Yorker, but to be more specific, I’m from the borough of Queens. I’d take pride in showing my friend the Tribe Called Quest Mural in St. Albans on the block where the late Phife Dawg is from. Food options are unlimited honestly, but a famous chopped cheese sandwich from Hollis Deli might make the final cut. Then we’d probably catch a game at Citi Field where the New York Mets play, and go to a good jam session, maybe on a rooftop over looking the city to catch some vibes.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If we’re giving shoutouts, I definitely have to first dedicate a shout-out to the Creator for just blessing me to be in the space to do what I love. I have to shout-out my mother for always supporting my passions. Then after that, it’s the people that help out behind the scenes that don’t always get recognized, but I’m very grateful for, like Mojo, A&R Mar, Ambrose, 0utlaw, & Don P. Y’all do more than you probably even realize, and I’m super appreciative.