Kortny De1 Greene was born in Little Rock, AR and moved to Atlanta, GA at the age of six. He’s lived in North Metro Atlanta, GA, Marietta, GA and landed in the SWATS (Southwest Atlanta) where he graduated from Westlake High School in 2012. After graduation he went on to attend Clayton State University.
Kortny De1 grew up listening to R & B, soul, pop, gospel, hip-hop and rap. He started playing the drums in church at four years old and played the trumpet and guitar in high school. During his high school years, his love and talent for hip-hop and rap became extremely obvious, so he opened his own fully functioning home studio. He calls that studio One Nation and provides mixing, producing and songwriting to other artists. His favorite artists are Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Drake. In addition to those artists, his sound was also shaped growing up hearing artists like Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Beyonce, Jill Scott, Escape, Sade, Marvin Gaye, The Notorious B.I.G., Blackstreet and R. Kelly.
De1 was raised by a single mother and grew up with an emphasis on education and entrepreneurship. He learned the benefit of owning your own business and provided valuable services during high school – by selling snacks and burning personalized CDs.