Bruner has been playing the drums since the age of two. His earliest influence was his father, Ronald
Bruner Sr., a drummer who has performed and recorded with Diana Ross, The Temptations, Randy Crawford, and Gladys Knight. He is the older brother of bassist Thundercat and keyboardist Jameel Bruner, formerly of The Internet.
Bruner began his professional career at the age of 15, which opened the door for him to perform with artists such as Wayne Shorter, Dianne
Reeves, and Ron Carter. A few years later he became a regular member of Kenny Garrett's
band. Over the years his style has diversified, including hardcore punk/crossover thrash with
the band Suicidal Tendencies.
other credits already include Wayne Shorter, Kenny Garrett, Stanley Clarke, Roy Hargrove, Suicidal Tendencies, Marcus
Miller, George Duke, Tribal Tech, Lee
Ritenour,Michael Landau, Kirk Whalum, Robben
Ford, Larry Carlton, Patrice Rushen, Ron
Carter, Melvin Lee Davis, Clark Terry, Dianne
Reeves, Johnny Griffin, Raphael Saadiq, Bobby
Rodriguez, The Heath Brothers. Horace Tapscott, Tracy Spencer, Black Rice, The Young Jazz Giants, Gerald
Albright, J. K. Kleutgens, Mike Phillips, Jonathan Butler, Al Jarreau,Q-Tip from Tribe Called Quest, J*Davey, Rachelle Ferrell, Chaka Khan, Patti
LaBelle, Jeffrey Osborne, BeBe Winans, James
Ingram, Erykah Badu, Allan Holdsworth, Stevie
Wonder, Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Hudson, Doug E. Fresh, Tony Grey, Cheryl Lynn, Ray Parker Jr. Prince, Thundercat, Kendrick Lamar.
Bruner released his debut solo album, Triumph, on March 3, 2017.
He worked with the bassist, composer Marcus
Miller on the "Tutu revisited" tour in 2010, and played with Prince at the Dakota
Jazz Club in Minneapolis in 2013.
In 2015, Bruner appeared on Kamasi Washington's solo debut The
Epic. and also performed live with Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin (alongside Melvin Davis in the UK).