At the end of 1986 while crack was sweeping the streets of New Jersey, a star was born. Jay Sykes professionally known as Zu Life came from a good family and at an early age he was introduced to hip-hop by a close friend. At first he was reluctant to join the ciphers at his middle school but after overcoming his fears he proved to be a natural.
As time progressed Zu Life started performing at local events and gained a reputation for his lyrical content before hitting his teens. Although he was a natural on the mic, Zu Life also found it hard to resist the allure of the streets.