So Realistic also known as Reala was born James Richard Brooks on November 30, 1988 in Phoenix, Arizona. He spent the larger part of his childhood and teenage years in Flagstaff, Arizona but for a small portion of elementary school he lived in Pontiac, Michigan. When Reala was a 16-year-old high school student he wrote his first song over a Grayskul instrumental and fell in love with not only the music but the entire Hip-Hop culture. At the same age he also started to discover his name and identity. He had been listening to a song by Choppa featuring Lil Wayne called “Lil Daddy” when he heard Wayne say “call me Weezy F. Baby aka so real". This caught his attention and soon became his name, So Real, Reala for short.