Born in Flushing, Queens James Data was influenced by the growing Hip Hop scene coming out of his neighborhood in the early-90’s. Growing up James was enrolled in the Long Island Drum center and Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music where he developed a love for music and playing the drums. His father owned a local recording studio which helped fuel his love even more when he was able to sit in on sessions with local bands and develop his craft.
By the mid 90’s James had also developed a passion for rhyming and producing hip hop beats going by the name Jam (Da original Troopa). After getting his hands on an Akai MPC and s950 he wrote and produced his first single “The Chemistry” under the group name Da Ooh for indie label Warning Records. Embracing a DIY approach to music in 1995 James co-founded 456 Records with family members and released his solo debut titled “Soul Searchin.” His second release was a remix to “Soul Searchin” with a new song “Time” on the B-side. Opting not to release a solo album just yet that same year he released “Survival Series 11355” a Compilation album through a joint venture with another local indie label. The album allowed James to showcase more of his production skills and introduce several up and coming Mc’s to the underground Hip Hop scene.
Taking a break from the music to finish collage James returned his focus back to the music officially changing his stage name to James Data. He has been featured on “Hello From The Gutta” (lites Out) Vol 2 with Insomniac Dream Entertainment artists Skila and Sinnagi. James Data has continued to sharpen his production skills by developing the “Brown Bag Blendz” remix series and "The Data Files" Beat-Tape series which he has released several projects through his 456 Digital label.