Je’kob attended several high schools with his brother playing basketball until finally settling and graduating from Grace Christian High in 1999. During the last year of high school, Je’kob’s part-time family music group “Souljahz” got a chance to go overseas to Aachen Germany and record their first full length album with a young producer who they met through a family friend. As soon as they returned to the states their father took the finished album to the ASCAP offices. After a couple meetings they found themselves sitting in the offices of Jimmy Iovine, the CEO of Interscope Records. The group received offers from several powerhouse labels including Interscope, Warner Bros. & Atlantic Records. In 2000, after lengthy negotiations, they ended up inking a deal with Warner Bros.