Jazze Pha was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. His father is James Alexander, bassist for the Bar-Kays, an influential group on the Memphis soul scene in the 1960s. His mother is a singer named Denise Williams. Pha was named after the late Phalon Jones, another member of the Bar-Kays, who, along with three other Bar-Kays members, was killed in a 1967 plane crash.
Jazze Pha’s connections and relationships helped launch Rhianna’s career by sending her a hit song, Umbrella, written by The-Dream. This song also helped to launch The-Dream’s career as a successful music producer and songwriter.
Jazze also produced on T.I’s first album I’m Serious when no one believed in him as an artist. T.I has grown into an entrepreneur, actor, record label owner, and multimillionaire.