Ron Raphael Braunstein (born June 7, 1976), better known under his stage-name Necro, is an American United States rapper, record producer, business owner, actor and director Film director from Brooklyn, New York.
Necro was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in the Glenwood Housing Projects. Necro is the son of two Israeli expatriates. He's of Israeli and Romanian ethnicity. Necro's father was a Romanian born Israeli combat soldier and his mother an Orthodox baalat teshuva baal teshuva . "In the PJ's and everywhere I looked there was a wolf. The projects was like a maze for a little 5 year old and it gave me a lot of freedom to be around different cultures", Necro says. He lived there for eight years from about 6 years old to age 14, when he moved to Canarsie. He derived his name from a Slayer song called "Necrophiliac". Before that he called himself "Mad Mooney", which was a character from a Clive Barker book.
Necro began his musical career at 11, playing guitar in a death/thrash metal band named Injustice. But in due time, he made a transition from metal to hip-hop.
Necro says of his style, "I'm into experimentation and trying new scenarios. If you listen to my verses, I change the flow on every line. No line ever repeats in a Necro verse, like some rappers. I don't write in a format. My format, if there is one, is to be unpredictable. The words create the path and flow, as they are written."
Necro invented the term "death rap" to describe his style of ultraviolent hip hop and to set himself apart from other genre labels created by the media. Part of the style was inspired by death metal. The sub-genre of rap combines death metal-esque beats with explicit raps about violence, death, the occult, and ***. Death rap can be thought of as the hip-hop equivalent of slasher films. Many of his lyrics can be just as easily used in thrash or death metal which is why many metal enthusiasts can appreciate this style of rap.
Necro is a self-taught musician and has been playing instruments since the age of ten. Necro says of his production, "I started in 1989. I started looping up records." He bought an Ensoniq EPS in 1991 and started producing music everyday. In the following years he produced beats for Artists like Non Phixion, Cage Cage (rapper) , Krist and Missing Linx, who all released independent singles. The first record he produced that received airplay was "No Tomorrow" by Non Phixion in 1996, put out on Searchlight Music/FatBeats distribution. The Cage single he produced, "Agent Orange" b/w "Radiohead" is considered an underground classic and received a lot of airplay on college radio.
Unlike a lot of other hip-hop LPs with a different producer on each track, the first wave of albums released on Necro's label were entirely produced by Necro himself. This includes the debut solo-albums of Non-Phixion members Ill Bill, Sabac Red and Goretex Goretex (rapper) , after he already produced 7 songs for Non Phixion's debut album The Future Is Now in 2002.Necro founded the independent record label Psycho+Logical-Records in November 1999 in order to maintain complete control over the conception and distribution of his music. In seven years, Psycho+Logical-Records has released over 23 albums, moving over 300,000 units and grossing over 1.5 million dollars. This was done without any major label support following the DIY method independently. Necro says "I started the label with my own money, from the ground up. Sold a beat for $1,000 and invested in it. Boom! Kept it moving, started making my fans hustle for me. I had over 100 kids hustling CDs for me all over the world."Necro has been performing live since the age of 11. Necro has headlined and sold out 1,000 capacity clubs in New York City, Los Angeles, London and Toronto. In 2007, Necro played The Download festival at Donnington.
Rock The Bells
During the summer of 2009, Necro was a featured artist on the Rock The Bells tour appearing in Toronto, New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and San Francisco.
Sounds of the Underground
In 2007 he toured with Sounds of the Underground. On July 25, 2007, Necro decided to leave the Sounds of the Underground tour. Necro commented, "I decided to leave the tour because I felt the tour's demographic was not receiving hip hop well. I was facing hostile crowds and was returning the same energy back by being more aggressive than them. It was making a lot of people in the tour crew nervous. It was also being suggested that maybe I tone down my live show and not antagonize the already antagonistic crowd. I couldn't roll with that. We finished every show with middle fingers up and a big *** you to the crowd. We never got booed off the stage. Yes a ton of emo kids booed us at every show, but we had a twenty-five minute set every night and we stayed on stage for every minute of it. Every show had at least 10 to 20 NECRO fans in the pit tearing it up. I'm thankful for the opportunity to prove I can murder it in the worst of situations"
On June 5, 2009, Necro was fined $3000 after fracturing the cheekbone of a man who challenged him on the street in Perth, Australia. Necro pleaded guilty to the assault. Perth Magistrates Court was told the victim was punched several times by Necro after Police were called in by eyewitnesses. He was arrested at his hotel later that day, forcing the cancellation of his show before 40 fans at Perth's Hyde Park Hotel. After being fined, Necro was greeted by a small group of fans when he left court. When asked if he had any ill feelings towards Perth as a result of the incident, he said: "I love Perth."
His media persona has done little to quash the controversy surrounding Necro. A recent interview with Music Feeds illustrates his outspoken opinions.On May 18, 2010, Necro released his latest Album, entitled DIE!. On July 17, 2010 Necro revealed (through his website's forum) that he is being sued by Ani Difranco due to sampling her song "Used to You" for the track "The Asshole Anthem". iTunes and Amazon subsequently removed the album from their stores, and Necro has confirmed he is in the process of re-releasing the album without this track included.
* 1998: Necro (Vinyl EP) Necro (EP)
* 2000: I Need Drugs
* 2001: Gory Days
* 2002: Gory Days: Special Edition CD/DVD Gory Days
* 2004: The Pre-Fix for Death
* 2005: The ***orcist
* 2007: Death Rap
* 2008: The ***orcist: Special Edition CD/DVD The ***orcist
* 2010: Die!
* 2011: The ***orcist Part II
* 2001: Rare Demos & Freestyles Vol. 1
* 2001: Rare Demos & Freestyles Vol. 2
* 2003: Necro Presents: Brutality Pt. 1
* 2003: Street Villains Mix CD: Vol. 1
* 2003: Rare Demos & Freestyles Vol. 3
* 2005: Street Villains Mix CD: Vol. 2
* 2005: The Circle of Tyrants
Directing and Necro Films
Necro went to Brooklyn College 2 years for film where he had access to film making equipment. His movie "187 Reasonz Y" had an anti-cop theme with a police officer getting shot in the head at the end of the film. The film department was repulsed by Necro's visions and he received no support from them.
Who's Ya Daddy?
Necro's music video for the song "Whos Ya Daddy?" has received over 3.3 million plays on the urban hip hop site WorldStarHipHop.com.
The video for "White Slavery" is about kidnapping women and selling them, with many scenes featuring S&M "'White Slavery' was about the white slave trade. I was telling a true story" says Necro.
* 2000: I Need Drugs I Need Drugs (song) (from "I Need Drugs")
* 2003: White Slavery feat. Ill Bill (from "Brutality Part 1")
* 2005: The Prefix For Death (from "The Prefix For Death")
* 2007: Mutilate The Beat (from "Death Rap")
* 2008: Who's Your Daddy (from "The ***orcist")
* 2008: I Wanna *** (from "The ***orcist")
* 2009: The Human Traffic King (White Slavery Part 2) (from "DIE!")
* 2004: Chasing The Dragon - Ill Bill feat. Necro (from "What's Wrong With Bill?")
* 2004: The Crazies The Crazies (music video) - Mr. Hyde feat. Ill Bill, Goretex and Necro (from "Barn Of The *** Dead") [unreleased]
* 2007: Mechanix - Danny Diablo feat. Necro, Prince Metropolitan and Skinhead Rob
* 1996: 187 Reasonz Y (a short film directed by Necro & starring Chris Stanger)
* 1998: The Devil Made Me Do It (a short film directed by Necro & starring Gene Milman)
* 2003: ***y Sluts: Been There, Done That (a ***graphic DVD directed by Necro hosted by Jerry Butler Jerry Butler (***graphic actor) and starring Lanny Barbie, Uncle Howie and others)
* 2009: Triumph Of The Kill (a short film directed by Bryan Andre starring Necro)
* 2009: Personal Justice, a new crime re-enactment show airing on Investigation Discovery during the summer of 2009 (late July to early August). Necro will be in 3 upcoming episodes in 3 different roles.
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