"Chilli D" was born in 1970 in Los Angeles, California to a poor African-American family, and he joined the Ballas street gang at a young age. He claimed to have known The Families gangster Lamar Davis since he was in diapers, and he became a high-ranking and respected Ballas OG after years of membership in the gang. In 2013, Davis and Franklin Clinton decided to kidnap him to make some money and gain more respect in their gang, and they tracked him down to an alleyway, where he was attempting to solicit a prostitute. D tried to flee on a motorcycle, but Clinton and Davis pursued in a van, and they tracked him down to a trainyard on the East Side, where he crashed his bike and was forced to flee on foot. He was caught hiding in a boxcar, and he was jumped on by Davis' dog Chop, and the two Families gangsters took D hostage. However, Clinton was forced to let D go when Davis called the Ballas on the cell phone, as the conversation could be traced and could lead to their arrests. D, who recognized the two gangsters despite their bandanas, swore revenge.