Born Michael Jelks in Los Angeles on December 15, 1989, Tha Mic like many urban children was born into a broken family. Six months into his life he was placed in the foster care system and remained there until the age of 19. Growing up in a system that leaves many people emotionally and physically battered, Mic was faced with many challenges which included moving from home to home, the death of a foster mother, being sexually active at the age of 9, and never having a strong father figure. With all the things that Mic went through so early, it seemed as though life had set him up for failure, leaving him with an identity struggle in a society infected with racism and hopelesness. He realized there had to be something more than just following the crowd and being trapped in the pain of his past, or being bound by drugs, alcohol, and violence. So after all the things he and his older siblings had been through, he became motivated and thirsty for something greater and turned to the source he had heard of for so many years in church but never tapped into for himself. He had an encounter with Christ that changed everything. Now he lives a life apart from the rest and walks in purpose and destiny, letting music be his weapon of influence. He now shows the world that there is hope for the statistic, the child born as an accident, and for those who feel hopeless. Tha Mic is an artist that speaks life to his generation bringing change and showing that there is more to faith than what meets the eye. He is a leader and a light for the world to see.