Watkins, who has three brothers and four sisters, was born in Chicago on
July 26, 1975. His interest in music was sparked at around age three when
he first saw his father playing drums at a local Apostolic Overcoming Holy
Church of God. Prior to devoting himself to religion, Alious C. Watkins Jr.
had played trap drums and other percussion instruments with the
Pharaohs, a now-legendary jazz-funk group in which Earth, Wind & Fire
leader Maurice White had been the original drummer, and he also backed