Val Anthony Ronald Lawrence a.k.a. Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence was born November 14, 1968 on the island of Dominica. In 1970, his family immigrated to East Elmhurst. The home to Malcolm X, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte, Louis Armstrong, Eric Holder and many others.
Ron attended New York's High School of Art and Design, and became a member of the rap groups "The Turnout Brothers" & "Super Lovers". After high school, Ron attended Howard University in Washington, D.C.
In college he met Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie and they formed the rap group "Two Kings in a Cipher" and released the album "From Pyramids to Projects". Later the duo joined "The Hit Men" a production team of Bad Boy Entertainment along with their fellow Howard University alumni, Sean "Diddy" Combs.
Ron became a musical innovator during his time with The Hit Men. He is responsible for numerous Hip Hop and R&B hits that ruled the airwaves. He is best known for his popular singles: Hypnotize performed by The Notorious B.I.G, Been Around The World performed by Sean "Diddy" Combs, Where I'm From performed by Jay-Z, Money, Power, Respect performed by The Lox, his Grammy nominated single Love Like This & All Night Long performed by Faith Evans, Phenomenon performed by LL Cool J, You Should Be Mine performed by Brian McKnight, Can't Let Her Go performed by Boyz II Men, Cold Rock A Party (remix) performed by MC Lyte, and The Theme (It's Party Time) performed by Tracey Lee. He received a "Best Vocal Performance" Grammy award for Wonderful, the song he produced for the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin. Ron has also been named "Producer of the Year" by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS).
Ron created the movie score of Spike Lee's Bamboozled, as well as appearing in the film as a musical engineer. He produced the theme song for the Pink Panther soundtrack titled A Woman Like Me for Beyoncé. Jumping into film was a natural progression.
Mr. Lawrence studied film at the New York Film Academy and debuted his first short-film titled "Founding Fathers", a documentary about the birth and evolution of Hip Hop.
In 2014 Ron started a film production company, "Spotlyte Media". In 2015 he produced and edited the short film "Above The Sun". In 2016 he wrote, directed and produced the short film, "Angel Of Light" and the documentary "Commutation For Guy Fisher".
Ron lives in West Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Shay Lawrence and their three children.