Benjamin Cherelus "Dirty Jimmy" was born in Fort Lauderdale, FL to Haitian parents. Cherelus grew up listening to Kid Cudi, Lil Herb, Kendrick Lamar, and Kevin Gates. Benjamin started rapping at the age of 12 and by age 15 started producing, mixing, and recording songs from scratch. He participated in afterschool activities such as wrestling and football. Cherelus attended Fort Lauderdale High School before transfering to Piper High School his junior and senior year.