Union County News

Clark’s Ren Thomas is Making it in the World of Hip Hop and Now Reality TV

ffe95766c16cbd3ed971_ren_thomas.jpg
Credits: Courtesy of Ren Thomas
72e20b870e35c7e1c4af_ren_thomas_3.jpg
Credits: Courtesy of Ren Thomas
e5d5dfc6c56cd5cf0ed6_ren_thomas_4.jpg
Credits: Courtesy of Ren Thomas
2caa7fa964634804361e_ren_thomas_2.jpg
Credits: Courtesy of Ren Thomas
ffe95766c16cbd3ed971_ren_thomas.jpg

CLARK, NJ – People living in suburbia don’t expect one of their own to make it as a hip-hop artist.  Rappers don’t expect someone born and raised in a small suburban New Jersey town like Clark to have what it takes.  Hip-hop MC Ren Thomas is proving them all wrong.

“I fell in love with hip-hop when I was about 8 or 9,” says Thomas.  His older cousin had a group of friends who would get together and rap.  Thomas says it started out as him trying to impress the older kids.  As he began writing his own verses, his love for the music grew.

Thomas said his parents have always been supportive of his choice to pursue his dream of being a hip-hop MC.  “My dad even helped me build a studio down in our basement,” said Thomas.  While other teenagers were out getting into all kinds of trouble, Thomas says he was in his studio working on his music.  “I think my parents knew it was keeping me out of trouble.”

Sign Up for E-News

Thomas faced many naysayers as he shared his dreams with others.  According to Thomas, when it came time to talk about college, guidance counselors at Clark’s Arthur L. Johnson were worried when Thomas said he wasn’t going to go.  “They brought in my parents and everything,”

Even peers sometimes didn’t fully see how Thomas would fulfill his dream.  He found himself going out to other towns and cities to surround himself with people who also had a love for hip-hop.  “I’d see people rapping and ask to join in.  They’d hear where I was from and laugh,” remembers Thomas.  But once his turn came, people were pleasantly surprised.

Thomas credits all the doubters for giving him the determination to keep moving forward.  “They thought I was crazy but it made me want to do it,” said Thomas.

After high school, Thomas got a regular job and would travel to hang out with friends who were away at college.  He would always find himself joining in a rap battle and even winning.  Eventually he met up with another artist from Roselle who went by the name Tab.  They worked on an album together and sold mix-tapes.  They got signed by a small label.

Thomas continued to perform locally and make connections with others in the industry.  He found himself in rap battle leagues and taking home championships throughout the country and even internationally. 

He made a name for himself as a battle MC in competitions such as Ludicris’ Magnum Live Large Semi Finalist (2012), EOW USA Champion (2013 – placed 3rd worldwide), EOW USA Runner Up (2015) and TeamBackPack 2016 Cypher Championship at Mission Underground New York, which he won.

Thomas is currently working with a label out of Philadelphia called Sensi Starr.  He’s done 3 nationwide tours with them and recently put out his newest album “I Been Nice”.  With half a million streams on his release under his belt, Thomas said the best is yet to come.  “I haven’t peaked yet.”

In his song “Try Again”, Thomas references real-life interactions with fans and how it helps him forget those who doubt him.  “They don’t know what it is to do these gigs and get off stage and touch hands with these kids, who send messages online, who are fans of the music.  They were suicidal and my words helped them get through it.”

"Tupac said I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world,” said Thomas, quoting one of his inspirations. To Thomas that’s what this is all about.  While many dream of being part of the hip-hop scene for the money and fame, Thomas is content with reaching people through his music.

You can catch Thomas on VH1’s newest reality show “Signed” on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m.  You can also follow Thomas on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Kenilworth

Tee times, Pairings Announced for Start of Next Week’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol GC in Springfield

July 13, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – The USGA U.S. Junior Amateur Championship starts Monday.  The pairings for the first two rounds of the 71st edition were recently announced.

Monday (July 16) and Tuesday (July 17) tee times will be played on the 7,280-yard, par-71 Upper Course and at the 7,313-yard, par-70 Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Monday, Tuesday tee times & pairings

The ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_855652b94dad7cfd1c72_mini_magick20180618-30381-1j0t0jb

Tue, July 17, 6:00 PM

Westfield Presbyterian Church, Westfield

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Education Health & Wellness

Sat, July 21, 10:00 AM

NJ Convention and Exposition Center, Edison

82nd Annual Garden State Cat Show & Expo

Giving Back Other

Carousel_image_1eb83a6fad4b6893940e_17ee96028d17dc070892_a_new_design

Thu, August 9, 7:00 PM

Union Elks Lodge #1583 , Union

Donna Summer Tribute Concert

Arts & Entertainment

Earn The Professional Administrative Certification of Excellence (PACE) at Union County College in Five Weeks

July 16, 2018

Union County College (UCC) will be offering the American Society of Administrative Professionals PACE Certification (Professional Administrative Certification of Excellence) from Monday, July 23 through August 22.

If you are an executive assistant, office manager, paralegal, program analyst, benefits administrator, supervisor or meetings and events planner, this program is for you. This ...

As Seen on TV

Source: Just when you thought the deal could not get any better, just wait, there’s more…call now and your order will be doubled… “As seen on TV,” Sam Burlum review some of the most successful infomercial campaigns and why they did so well.

We have all experienced at some point in our lives, while flipping through the television channels, that moment when ...