Jones grew up in Harlem, a neighborhood near the Bronx. He was the son of an African American and a Puerto Rican, although he was raised by his maternal grandmother; he has two sisters, Precious and Keisha.
As you might expect from someone growing up in a rough neighborhood, Jones had a few run-ins with the law as he was growing up. In fact, one day he was expelled from school after being caught stealing from a local shop.
But despite the difficulties, his early life turned out to be the gateway to his career, as he developed an early love for music and would often skip church at his Catholic school to play his music at the train station.