RJ Payne, formerly known as Reign Man, is a Brooklyn bred, Philly groomed battle rap legend who TOOK Instagram by storm with his "Murder In Less Than 60 Seconds" freestyle series. His sixty second freestyles have attracted the attention of Lord Jamar, Pete Rock, EricK Sermon, and Black Thought just to name a few.
RJ’s career took off while performing under the name Reign Man. He was selected as a finalist for MTV’s Making The Band 2 by P Diddy, and six months later won the MTV MC Battle, landing him a deal with Def Jam Records. Due to unexpected events involving the firing of then Def Jam President, Kevin Liles, Reign Man’s music was unfortunately shelved. He then signed with Jimmy Henchman, one of the most feared in the music industry, until Jimmy’s legal troubles began.
Back in Philly, Reign Man linked with Reed Dollaz and joined Top Klass, the city’s largest independent label. He was an integral part of the battle rap DVD era and had a cult following on the internet. His last battle was in 2015 where he won against URL'S Ty Law.
Reign Man decided to drop the stage name and start recording music under his real name – RJ Payne. He joined forces with producer PA Dre and released seven albums in 2017 under Educated Ignorance Music Group. Four albums were tributes to the late rappers Big L, Big Pun, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, and Sean Price with all of the beats completely reproduced by PA Dre and his team the Pronoun. "The Art of Payne" and "Max Payne" were original full length releases, and Murder in Less Than 60 Seconds is a mixtape of his Instagram freestyles.
In 2018, RJ’s music and popularity began attracting national attention from both fans and celebrities. He released "Murder In Less Than 60 Seconds Vol 2" mixtape, “Goodbye” single and video ft the legendary DJ Doowop, “Death of Mumble Rap” single ft Reed Dollaz, and “Death of Mumble Rap Remix” ft Dj Doowop, Mysonne, Lady Luck, and PA Dre. He also released “777”, an album inspired by Jay Z, with reproduced beats by PA Dre; "kill the king take the throne", an ep all bars, no hooks; AND THE "if cocaine could talk" SERIES VOL 1 - 4.
RJ kicked off 2019 with the final installment of the “If Cocaine Could Talk” series Vol 5. He started a radio tour visiting stations, interviewing, and rhyming in ciphers; appearing twice on Shade 45 with DJ Kay Slay. His most recent album, “The Elohim”, inspired by the passing of the late Nipsey Hussle, was released in April.
RJ continues to record music at the speed of light, releasing projects multiple times a year. He is committed to bringing the art of Hip Hop back to the forefront, delivering music with a message.