Born Jay L James, December 30th 1986, this South Bronx native always knew he was destined for greatness. Although a quiet child, music served as an outlet to express himself. Music was always around him as a child; his older sister was also bitten by the music bug as she could be found singing throughout the house.
Although his love for music was evident, Jay found niche in basketball. Excelling in the sport throughout his school years, he never forget about his musical up-bringing. Pening the name "capitol Kleen", which he soon shorten to "Cap Kleen", Jay began writing raps at age 15. His lyrical content was mostly of life experience not only from his own life but that of the neighborhood around him. He was most influenced by artists such as Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Nas, Jadakiss and Fabolous, to name a few. Jay recalls, " I used to take other rappers' flows and just put my own words to them, til' eventually I developed my own style".