<p> Now, as CEO of his own label, Still Hustlin' Inc., and with an album already under his belt, the title of Renegade's warm-up single “Way Down” is certainly apropos. Produced by Renegade himself, whose knack for bringing that something extra from an artist is well-known, the song is the perfect first listen from Renegade's upcoming album of the same name. With many songs in the album from popular hip-hop artists like Marly Marl, Mya & Mike Jones, “Way Down” is going to give rap fans the best taste of Renegade. He has put his all into this record and not only raps on the album but also put in work behind the production boards to produce many of the album's tracks. His distinctive voice and unique sense of lyrical style are apparent throughout the album.
At first listen, most of Renegade's music gives the impression that he is straight out of the Dirty South, but the truth is that his influences span a number of music genres, eras and artists. "I had no father growing up and my Mom died when I was very young," Renegade remembers. "Me and my brother ended up being shuffled around in the system going from home to home until a family adopted us and we moved South. The influence of the South and Motown is evident though, as is the old-school influence of the music his new family surrounded him with constantly Blue Magic, The Temptations - what he likes to call 'gettin down music.' "I had an adoptive Mom who was real big into old-school soul music. I could always hear her around the house, screaming to all the notes of every song. It was very musical in my house growing up."
Renegade is also well-grounded in the East Coast hip hop mentality and has a deep-rooted respect for those that paved the way for what he does now; Marly Marl, Wendy Williams and mostly his long-time friend and mentor, the legendary Kool DJ Red Alert, from whom he has learned much of what he knows about the industry and how to navigate within it. "Cats need to understand that Red's been in this game for years." Renegade says of his respect for his mentor. "I'm going to listen to him before somebody else because you can only learn from a wiser man who has been there and done that."
Overcoming adversity will often bring out the versatility in a person; the ability to take the best out of every situation and put it to use. Past album collaborations make it clear that Renegade has a natural ability to switch up and incorporate the best from both his worlds to make something that is his own. To date Renegade’s guest artists have included E40, Petey Pablo, Pitbull, Mobb Deep's Prodigy, Youngbloodz, Bonecrusher, Mya and Trina.
From the beginning, Renegade has had the label deals through Universal. He has had the thrill of hearing his music on the radio and seeing his videos on channels like MTV and BET and expects even bigger things for his current album. "On this record I am showcasing the best of myself in every field; my rhymes, my production and even my singing." Renegade's quick and crazy humor comes to the fore when asked if he had received any formal singing training in preparation for the singles Way Down, Grindin by Myself, Damn Fool, & Go "Not unless you include screaming in a cell while I was in prison," He grins. "I just wanted to give people one damn good album from start to finish. I have been blessed with the ability to change my voice up and I love singing. It's cool."
Safe to say, this music artist-turned-CEO is headed for great successes. Aside from his music, Renegade seems destined to entertain with both film and TV offers being thrown his way. His acting coach assures he is a natural. "Cats who are trying to get in this game can learn a lot from me. I want to help them get in it and I'm going to keep coming at them with joints that get that buzz, in whatever medium. I got a clothing line I'm launching too; Still Hustlin' and Renegade.TV." Turning serious for a minute he adds, "My Mom didn't get to stick around and see how I turned out but I can feel her watching and smiling. There's a lot of crap surrounding this industry but everyone trying to get in it needs to remember that the Lord will bring you peace in your head throughout it all, if you let him." Renegade has a lot to say this go round and he has put it all into the album,“ Renegade Foxxx - most importantly though, he is still here, he is still doing what he loves and he is and always will be.