Lorenzo Jerald Patterson (born June 14, 1969 in Compton, California), better known by his stage name MC Ren, is a rapper who formed part of the group N.W.A. N.W.A. was notorious in the late 80's and early 90's for their explicit lyrics and supposedly "encouraging violence against law enforcement" written in a letter sent to Ruthless Records by the FBI. After the group broke up in mid-1991, MC Ren released his first solo EP Kizz My Black Azz which went platinum and debuted at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 200. 1 year later, Ren released Shock of the Hour, which is certified Gold and debuted at number 22 on the Billboard US charts and number 1 on the R&B charts. After the death of his friend, colleague, and fellow rapper Eazy-E, MC Ren released 2 more albums for his label, Ruthless Records. The Villain In Black in 1996, and Ruthless for Life in 1998, before leaving the label to start his own in 1999. Since then, he has collaborated with fellow N.W.A. members Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and DJ Yella with the tracks: Chin Check, and Hello. He also joined Cube and Dre in the Up In Smoke Tour, an N.W.A. Reunion album was planned with Snoop Dogg, and Eminem but never saw the light of day due to busy schedules. Ren's most recent album was with 2009's Renincarnated, which was marketed for Ren fans as he had no guest appearances with the album.