Boondox was born in Richmond County. At the age of six, his uncle tried to kill him by drowning him in a swimming pool. Boondox was not popular at his school, frequently got into fights and experimented with drug use. He listened to heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica and Sepultura, and played bass guitar in several local metal bands before seeking a solo career as a rapper under the name "Turncoat Dirty". While selling cassettes of his early recordings at an Insane Clown Posse concert, the group took notice of his music, and after several phone calls with Joseph Bruce, Boondox was signed to Psychopathic Records, making him the first Southern hip hop performer on the label.