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 attracted the attention of Lord Jamar, Pete Rock, EricK Sermon, and Black Thought just to name a few.
Payne'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.
Reign Man linked with Reed Dollaz BACK IN PHILLY 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 BUSINESS MANAGER/PR CHRISSY MAC TO FORM EDUCATED IGNORANCE MUSIC GROUP. HE RELEASED 21 ALBUMS IN A SPAN OF 3 YEARS AND APPEARED TWICE ON SHADE 45 WITH DJ KAY SLAY.
Payne's MUSIC WAS GAINING NATIONAL ATTENTION FROM BOTH FANS AND CELEBRITIES, MOST NOTABLY, BENNY THE BUTCHER OF GRISELDA RECORDS. After hearing Payne's "If Cocaine Could Talk" series, bENNY met with Payne and DECIDED TO RECRUIT him INTO THE BLACK SOPRANO FAMILY. PAYNE DECIDED TO LEAVE BSF IN PURSUIT OF HIS OWN LABEL DEAL FOR EIMG.
RJ is still independent and 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.
RJ PAYNE DISCOGRAPHY
- The Art of Soul (November 4, 2015)
- The Art of Payne (March 26, 2017)
- Max Payne (April 9, 2017)
- The Ghost of Big L (June 19, 2017)
- The Ghost of Prodigy (July 25, 2017)
- The Gost of Big Pun (August 19, 2017)
- The Ghost of Sean Price (October 30, 2017)
- Murder in Less Than 60 Seconds (December 14, 2017)
- Murder in Less Than 60 Seconds Vol 2 (March 11, 2018)
- 777 (May 7, 2018)
- Kill The King Take The Throne (June 14, 2018)
- If Cocaine Could Talk (August 14, 2018)
- The Best of RJ Payne (September 9, 2018)
- If Cocaine Could Talk Vol 2 (October 1, 2018)
- The Best of RJ Payne Vol 2 (November 11, 2018)
- If Cocaine Could Talk Vol 3 (November 18, 2018)
- If Cocaine Could Talk Vol 4 (January 8, 2019)
- If Cocaine Could Talk Vol 5 (March 15, 2019)
- The Elohim (April 16, 2019)
- Leatherface (May 21, 2019)
- Square Root of a kilo (August 23, 2019)
- LEATHERFACE 2 (OCTOBER 30, 2019)
- iF COCAINE COULD TALK VOL 6 (MARCH 23, 2020)
- He's A Fuckin Animal (July 31, 2020)