A native of upstate New York, Sarai may have been weaned on MTV in the 1980s, but by the 1990s she had turned to rap and hip-hop as her life's soundtrack. A fascination with words meant that Sarai wrote poetry from an early age, but it was only when she was a teenager that she first rhymed to a beat while gossiping with her girlfriends. After a chance meeting with producer L.J. Sutton (a.k.a. Chocolate Starr) in Atlanta, Sarai was on her way to the big leagues.