Born in Mexico but raised in San Diego, Frankie J has been making music since his teenage years, both as a solo artist and as a member of Los Kumbia Kings. In 2003, he released the R&B-flavored album What's A Man To Do, finding a hit single with the track "Don't Wanna Try." Shortly thereafter, he dropped a self-titled Spanish LP, which furthered his growing rep and cross-cultural appeal. In early 2005, Frankie J scored another hit with the romantically minded single "Obsession (No Es Amor)." He followed that up with the full-length The One, featuring collaborations with Irv Gotti, Lil Flip, Baby Bash, and Mario Winans.