Born in Los Angeles, California, Element Rhymes is the consummate rapper. As the son of an avid R&B singer, Element grew up in a household that influenced and nurtured his passion for music and rapping. His father, Oliver Johnson, would frequently play the piano and sing at home. Although Element received constant exposure to music; life at home was not so easy. Element’s mother was very abusive towards him. To escape the physical and psychological abuse, Element turned to reading to escape the tortured reality of his youth. He also wrote poetry as a therapeutic method of coping with his pain.
In 2006, Element Rhymes of Custom Made signed his first record deal with Babygrande Records. Custom Made were now label mates with legendary artists such as GZA, Hi-Tek, Canibus and Jedi Mind Tricks. Custom Made would go on to release countless records including Sidewalk Mindtalk, Original Dynasty and Hi-Def. Element also frequently collaborates with Custom Made producer Abstrakt Soundz. The two have worked together on 2009’s A Long Story Short and the 2013 release crowned KING.