The Chicago, IL native Ra was born Rasheed Johnson on July 03, 1983. He was raised on Chicagos Southside, in a neighborhood known for gang activity and high crime called Englewood. As a child he lived the average poor ghetto life. Ra's primary family includes his mother and father, a younger brother and sister, an older sister, and an older brother, who didn't live with them. At a young age, Ra decided that he never wanted to work for anyone, and that gave him the motivation to want to own his own business. Whatever it was that he was into, he dedicated himself to that, and worked hard to achieve goals. He was always talented in everything that he did, but music is where he shined. At around 13 or so he had picked up the hobby of writing rhymes from his older brother. But it was not until his late teens, that he gained a greater appreciation of expression through music. This allowed him to reach an audience through his personal experiences and feelings. In high school, Ra decided that he didn't want to deal with the hard knocks at home anymore, so he moved in with his older brother P.V. (Poetic Vocalist). It was he, who introduced Ra to studio equipment and the actual idea of becoming an artist. At the age of 17, Ra wrote, produced, and recorded his first song, and from there he never looked back. Since then, he has been an artist that produces his own music, heartily inspired by artist such as, Timberland, The Neptunes, Kanye West, No I.D, Lil Jon, and Just Blaze. Ra also created his own style of beats. He also collaborates with two other producers, P.V. and Soul Controller, to form the powerhouse production team called Windy Heat Productions. Now at 22, he has fine tuned his rapping and producing skills to be comparable to the best in the music industry. He has also followed his dreams of being his own boss, by forming his own record label known as Proppa Chopp Records. With his own unique style, he is very impressive with word play and rhyming in creative patterns. With that, over Windy Heat beats, he will make a lot of noise in 2006.