Born in Brooklyn's Brownsville section, Jinx da juvy a.k.a. Derek Carr, was raised in the aptly named Langston Hughes projects. He began to rap and write rhymes at age twelve when his family sought temporary housing in a homeless shelter. Seen through Jinx' adolescent eyes, these unstable beginnings reinforced his view of a warped and unfair world which he began to document in his rhymes. His tenure at high school was brief and he quickly dropped out to sell drugs and run the streets.