Dancer nicknamed Tommy the Clown who is best known as the inventor of the dance style "clowning," which evolved into the better-known krumping. He created the style in 1992, which thereby created the "hip-hop clown."
He spent five years in prison before getting a job as a typist clerk.
He was the focus of the 2005 documentary Rize, directed by David LaChapelle.
He was raised in South Central Los Angeles, California after being born in Detroit, Michigan.