Born on May 21st, 1991 in Aurora, CO, Ramond Murphy shares a birthday with the late great Christopher Wallace (Notorious B.I.G) and legendary singer Ronald Isley, so not surprisingly, music has always been a part of his life. A graduate of Rangeview High School (Aurora, CO) and Colorado State University. In September of 2018, Ramond released his first full-length studio album "Seeds" and released the single "Complicated" featuring Tai Marie and produced by two-time-Grammy-winner Jon-John Robinson, as one-third of the group ARTARI, in May. Ramond was recently hand-selected by Black Sands Entertainment, based in Brooklyn, New York, to Executive Produce the soundtrack to accompany the newly-released Black Sands animated DVD as featured in recent Denver Post and Fox 31 News interviews. In addition, the first single off of this project, "Gladiators" featuring A Meazy was played at Empower Field at Mile High during player warm-ups prior to the NFL Week 17 game between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders on December 29th, 2019.
Between the dream and reality stands a world of challenges, from marketing and distribution of Murphy’s record to hitting that sweet, indefinable spot in pop-culture where art and socially conscious activism meet. And while there are no guarantees, Murphy and his collaborators feel they’ve shown that Colorado artists can create a national-quality hip-hop release on par with Kendrick Lamar’s “Black Panther” soundtrack. They just need the rest of the world to hear it.
Within the last 16-months, Ramond released his first full-length studio album "Seeds", toured in Europe, hired the longtime Denver Nuggets Media Relations Director as his manager, collaborated on a single “Complicated” which was produced by two-time-Grammy-winner, Jon-John Robinson, Executive Produced an EP for Denver’s annual Juneteenth celebration, had his song “Gladiators” played during player warm-ups at Empower Field at Mile High for the NFL Week 17 game between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders and was hand-selected by Black Sands Entertainment based in Brooklyn, New York to Executive Produce an official 13-track soundtrack to accompany the newly-released Black Sands animated DVD.
Ramond on the creation of "Gladiators" featuring A Meazy: " "Gladiators" is definitely one of the standout records from the Black Sands project. I wanted to make something that felt like the final scene of "The Avengers". Like a scene where the main character screams and a whole army runs from behind him into battle. I wrote it from that perspective. I was working on the project and one of the producers I work with, Akilbeatsdenver, sent me about 30 beats. As soon as I heard the trumpets come in on the intro, I said, 'this the one'.” I felt like the energy needed to match the production, so I reached out to rapper A Meazy to get on it with me. I always felt he had a similar sound to School Boy Q and that was exactly what the song needed. He stepped up to the plate in a major way. After making it, me and my manager (Tim Gelt) agreed that it had a cinematic and “stadium feel.” Tim got the song to DJ Bedz (the official team DJ of the Denver Broncos) and the rest is history."