Real name Bertram Payne is from Bed stuy Brooklyn, from an American Mother and Nigerian father. Growing up in the mean streets of Brooklyn survival is key. IAMBORNKING, being from the Bedford Stuyvesant, aka “Bedstuy “Do Or Die”, found that he was more than just a survivalist. But his unique ability to blend melodic Street hymns, with Sharp, witty, exceptional wordplay. Matched with his boyish looks, charming personality, and winning smile. Would make King a prominent presence, and Voice for the young, and young black youth of America. Prior to being arrested. “King” had gotten shot in Brooklyn. Not even being tended too, King was on the run. After getting to the West coast. He decided to finally turn himself in. During his stint, “King”became a father to his first child who was born from his co-defendant in his case. A case that would end with a fatal shooting of his friend. “King” would receive 11 years and the mother of his child would get 9. ...With a newborn child born in the the system, and no certainty of where she or his life would end up. After countless run ins with Correctional Officers, the death of three of his close Family members, and finding out that he had been wrongly convicted of a crime that he had not been charged with in the first instance. “King” truly realized his full potential, and decided to go full-time into music, to bless the world with his glorified gift. Soon after his return, IAMBORNKING sought management to help build his brand, and found, then, iheartmedia consultant, David "L" Thornton at a big talent search he's been doing for various years, called the NEW New York Music Festival that featured Power 105's DJ Self that year. Afterward, King entered into a two-year contract with David L to be his manager. After a slew of run-of-the-mill events, powered by Respect Da Grind Entertainment, iHeartRadio, Hot 97, and Power 105.1. With celebrity, artist, dj’s such as DJ Will, Prostyle, Suss One, DJ Spinking, Honey German, DJ Scenario, Emez, DJ Epps and label rep meet and greets and consultations with such like's as Yaasiel "Success" from Atlantic Records & Ron Stewart from Warner Music. With strong relationships and alliances formed, David L saw an opportunity to leverage his gang of emerging artists. In particular, were IAMBORNKING and J-Thuro that stood out from the crowd. Where they understood the business aspect of music. Eventually, the three formed the Respect Da Grind Music Group dba RDG Music Group and secured a distribution through Legendary Producer D/R Period & Rockboy Records/The Orchard, which is powered by Sony Music!