One of the most sought-after roles in Hollywood right now is directing the biopic of rap group N.W.A. ... but as far as original rap member MC Ren is concerned ... there's only one dude for the… READ MORE >
Lorenzo Jerald Patterson (born June 14, 1969), better known by his stage name MC Ren, is a rapper who formed part of the group N.W.A. His moniker is derived from his first name (Lorenzo). Patterson was born and raised in Compton, California. He joined the gangsta rap group N.W.A after finishing his senior year of high school. He contributed vocals on their album Straight Outta Compton (1988) as well as co-writing several tracks after Ice Cube left the group in 1989. N.W.A became the first gangsta rap group to gain mainstream success. However, as their album Niggaz4Life reached the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 in 1991, financial conflict between Dr. Dre and Ruthless Records led to the group disbanding. He also personally cited the inevitable tension of a close knit group. Group member Eazy-E was accused of skimming money along with the group's manager, Jerry Heller. Dr. Dre left to form Death Row Records. MC Ren subsequently released his debut album Kizz My Black Azz in 1992.