Born on November 1, 1996, in Pennsylvania and grew up in Long Island, New York. His parents were both Harvard graduates who divorced when he was a teenager. Jake's mother was a first-grade teacher and his father was a college professor.
Jake attended Long Beach High School in Lido Beach, New York, which he rarely attended in spite of good grades. He later dropped out of the high school and took online courses to earn his diploma. Shortly thereafter, he began posting his music on YouTube and SoundCloud under the alias Lil Sleeper.
Jake moved from Skid Row to his Echo Park apartment in Los Angeles where he recorded and produced the majority of his commercial work. Jake played the trombone and tuba and expressed an interest in music and fashion from a young age. Jake regularly referenced addictions to cocaine, ecstasy, and Xanax in his lyrics and posts on social media, where he described himself as a "productive junkie" and advised his audience not to do drugs.
He went over to Russia to shoot a video with an up and coming artist in the Russian rap scene, that was when they heard about the goings-on in Chernarus. Jake always dreamed of something like this, at least that's what he thought, so he went down and partook in the chaos. He regularly raped about death, murder, and misery, but in reality, he wasn't ready to cope with things he had seen and realized he wasn't who he thought he was.