Ransom, born Randy Nichols, was born in Brooklyn, New York. After spending time in foster care, he relocated to Jersey City when he was about eight years old. After selling drugs and being in and out of jail as a teen, he and his friends put up money for a recording studio in 2000, which was the beginning of Ransom’s rap career.
Soon after, Ransom and fellow rapper Hitchcock formed the rap duo called the A-Team, well known in the New Jersey for their Hard Hood Classics mixtapes. After a deal with Def Jam didn’t come through, the duo went their separate ways, but Ransom has continued with his solo career.