He has one younger sister. When he was three years old, Park's family immigrated to the United States by crossing the Mexico—United States border without green cards. His family settled in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles , California. Park began rapping when he was 14 years old, inspired in part by the rappers he saw perform weekly at Project Blowed , a local open mic workshop. Park dropped out of John Marshall High School in his sophomore year and moved into a one-bedroom apartment with his sister and a roommate at the age of
Like many kids who became part of the Chinese restaurant dynasty by default, he took orders, did his homework, bused tables, and watched TV during slow hours. He hated it. Helping out with the family business was his responsibility, a nonnegotiable nod to the filial piety expected in Chinese culture. He cyphered at school and eventually made his own music. He became an unofficial figurehead for the AZN Pride movement , an expression of Asian American solidarity in the early aughts.