From remixing company jingles he heard on TV to creating hip-hop tracks infused with R&B, Guyanese American hip-hop artist Ron Stills has come a long way in his art.
Based in Riverside, California, Ron Stills creates rap and hip-hop tracks mixed with alluring melodies and R&B characteristics. He started writing songs when he was only twelve years old. He started by remixing company jingles that he saw on TV and then remixing top songs that he would hear on the radio.
Ron always found joy in making words fit together like a puzzle. One of his favorites growing up was remixing a Soulja Boy song, Turn My Swag On and making it about taking showers. From there, he started writing his own songs. Again, with no important meaning; it was just plain fun.
As he got older, he experienced more things and came into his own as a person. His songs started to have more meaning, revolving more around life. His biggest musical influences are Eminem, Lil Wayne, 2 Pac, Kid Cudi, Kevin Gates, Beres Hammond, and Kanye West.
Today, he puts all his life into his music. The music he makes isn’t just about his life but also the lives of the people around him, and he takes inspiration from everyone he encounters. For his music to gain maximum reach—from different age groups to different nationalities and more—he feels it is important to be able to put himself in the shoes of many different types of people. His goal is not to be rich and famous but to enjoy his time doing the things that he loves to do while giving back and inspiring those who listen.
Ron Stills comes from a Caribbean background. His ethnicity allows him to identify not only with others from the Caribbean but also in America. His family is originally from the country of Guyana, located in northern South America bordering Venezuela, Suriname, and Brazil. Ron’s music is for everyone: songs that little kids can listen to and enjoy as well as their grandparents. To make his music universal, Ron uses language that everyone can relate to while also fulfilling his mission to challenge himself by using words that are seldom used in his genre of music and making it understandable. Throughout the time that he has spent making music, he has done a lot of recording and has written well over 300 songs. A lot of Ron’s music is about working hard, grinding, and striving for what he wants.
What sets him apart from his competition is that he does not try to follow the trends. Instead, he does what he likes, making content that resonates with his true authentic self and his listeners. He doesn’t wear a lot of flashy jewelry and diamonds because that’s not his style; he feels comfortable in his own skin and doesn’t feel the need to compensate by doing certain things. Music-wise, his aim is to tell a story that makes people want to listen and lyrics that make them want to pay attention.
For Ron Stills, his end goal is to create something that ultimately gives back and provides people with the opportunity to improve and do great things along with the mindset and motivation to do so.