By the time he was 8 years old, Ray Jones was showing signs of creative genius by writing his first poem. As a teenager, "Brass Knux" evolved through his ability to KO contenders with punch-lines rather then employ his 6'4 200lb stature. Where some wore brass knuckles to emphasize their punch, Ray threw out verbal hooks that put contenders to shame. The name stuck. It was during these years that he began DJ'ing at house parties in his hometown of Sicklerville, Jersey. Making a deep connection to the music and lyrical styles of Jedi Mind Tricks, Big Pun, Biggie, Tupac, Sublime and others, Brass Knux wanted nothing more than to find his own voice and was soon writing and performing his own raps.
While attending the University of Massachusetts on a football scholarship, Brass Knux continued his music career. With each day that passed he became more and more aware of his desire to become a full-time emcee. He finally gave into his passion and left Massachusetts and a potential NFL career to pursue his art in California as expressed in his popular record "Ticket to Cali". Settling in San Diego, Brass Knux began a grass roots effort to cultivate and spread his musical vision. He performed on college campuses, The Unknown Theatre in Hollywood, and Octane Alley in Huntington Beach. Audiences embraced his charismatic energy and distinct voice