Brothers Theron and Timothy Thomas are a musical duo better known as R. City, Rock City and Planet VI, from Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
After graduating high school they decided to make it in the music business, and embark on a journey to the United State via Atlanta before settling in Miami.
Combining hip-hop, pop, and Caribbean flavors, the duo have written hits for Rihanna ("Pour It Up"), Nici Minaj ("Only") , Sean Kingston ("Take You There"), Miley Cyrus ("We Can't Stop") other artist such as Akon, Usher, the Pussycat Dolls, Ashlee Simpson, and many others while using the name Rock City, eventually shortened to R. City (for copyright reasons).
The brothers also contributed to numerous Grammy-nominated albums including Rihanna's Unapologetic (which won Best Urban Contemporary Album), Jennifer Hudson's self-titled album (which won Best R&B Album), and Ariana Grande's My Everything (which was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.
R City performing in Jamaica
While writing for Akon, in 2007 they signed a record contract with Geffen Records and Akon's KonLive. They later released the song "The Rain" landed on Akon's hit album Konvicted, songwriting for others kept them away from their own music.
In 2008 R City released the infectious "Losing It" single, along with the mixtape Put the F*cking Album Out. The album in question was Wake the Neighbors, which Kon Live promised for later that same year. The label never delivered, and eventually the album was shelved, while the duo continued releasing mixtapes.
In 2011, the duo parted ways with KonLive and founded their own label called Rebelution Records, briefly changing their name to Planet VI for a few years before settling on R. City. They intended to release their debut album, Free At Last, on their own label.
R City/Rock City with Kaci Fennell at Shaggy for Friends Concert
Dr. Luke signed R. City to his Kemosabe Records, and in 2015 the duo released What Dreams Are Made Of, an album about the struggles involved with their upbringing in the Virgin Islands. The album's first single, "Locked Away," featured Adam Levine and was a Billboard Hot 100-charting hit.
"Locked Away," was inspired their father, Miguel "Kiebo" Thomas, who spent five years in prison when Timothy and Theron were kids — and their mother's continued devotion to him through it all.