He was trained in classical violin, then used his knowledge of music to start DJing in his teens. He produced Dr. Octagonecologyst, Kool Keith's debut album, in 1996.
He founded a record label called 75 Ark, but it only lasted until 2001. He's also been part of a band called Crudo.
He and his brother were raised in San Francisco by their parents, both of whom had been in internment camps during WWII.
He, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Kid Koala fromed Deltron 3030 in 1999.