Professional Optical Producer (P.O.P.) was born on March 25,1984 at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the ruthless Robert Taylor Homes Projects. He later grew up in the Burnside Community of 93rd better known as "FlipSide". As a youth, P.O.P. . survived gun violence in the streets of Chicago and stood strong over big struggles in his life. His family didn't really buy much into his fascination of music, but he found his own way into it. P.O.P. attended Overton Elementary School then transferred to (Perry) Harold Washington Elementary School at the 2nd grade level. He was always the quiet type in school and sometimes silly in class. In grammar school he was a great chess player using his thinking tactics to move to the right places at the right time.