Mike Johnson (Mike Fresh / Jay Dogg) and Joseph (Jazz) met in the US Army in 1989. Since then they have been good friends. They were both DJ´s and since it turned out that Jay Dogg was the better DJ, Jazz got an idea that "You do the DJ´ing and I do the rapping". And it was that way, and they took part in many talent-competitions. When they came to Germany in 1997, they met up with Essie Woods on a party. She gave them her number and they called her the next day. Joane, was a friends of Essence so there we have the group 2-4 Family.