Lionel B was born in Panama City, Florida. He moved to the Naples,Italy in 1993, during his high school years. He spent many of his teenage years in Italy and Germany. After graduating Bloomingdale High School in Tampa, Florida, he went to the Air force. After a brief stint in the military, he also developed a passion for music production, which eventually turned him into an up and coming music producer. He attended the IADT Tampa, where he learned music engineering, camera operation, video editing, and professional light, and graphic design.
While he was attending IADT Tampa, Barnes started his own music production company and record label, Tight Grip Media. On it, he produced tracks for hip hop artist such as Slip-n-Slide Records. He also produced a complete album for Saved by the Bell Actress Lark Voorhies. He later expanded to the urban entertainment industry, posting light-hearted and satirical videos on YouTube. His YouTube channel started to gain significant popularity in 2018 due partly to his coverage of the murder of Nipsey Hussle in Crenshaw.