Born Jill Heather Scott in an area called "North Philadelphia" in the City of Philadelphia, PA on April 4, 1972. She began her career as a performance poet. She was discovered by Amir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots. Questlove invited her to join the band in the studios. Which resulted in the live version of "You Got Me" in 1999. Subsequently, she collaborated with Eric Benet, Will Smith, Lupe Fiasco, Common and broadened her performing experience by touring Canada in a production of the Broadway musical Rent.