grew up on the west side of Houston and began rapping at age ten. In the early '90s, he began working with DenDen
, CEO of Straight Profit Records. He first gained attention freestyling over tapes made by DJ Screw
and emerged nationally with a guest appearance on Lil' Troy
's "Wanna Be a Baller." Straight Profit released his debut album, Throwed Yung Playa, and it sold 40,000 copies before being picked up and re-released in a revised form by Epic Records in 2000, though he was back to Straight Profit for Ballin' Underground
, which came out in 2002.