Notable for his role as Cheddar Bob in the film 8 Mile, he also had roles in The Book of Eli and Jarhead. Additionally, he played Ikey in the television series October Road, as well as for his recurring roles in Brothers & Sisters and Going to California.
At the start of his career, he acted in the TV movie On the Line and provided voiceover work for the animated series Dragon Ball Z.
He grew up primarily in College Station, Texas, though he also lived for a time in South Carolina. He launched his screen acting career after moving to Los Angeles, California.
He and Bernie Mac were both in the cast of the 2004 film Mr. 3000.