1K Phew hails from Stone Mountain, Georgia, a city right outside of Atlanta. By his mid-teens he was already interested in rap, but was spending a lot of time getting in trouble on the streets. After an incident when he and his friends were shot at and narrowly escaped death, the teen shifted gears, turning to a life devoted to faith and reflecting that faith in his music. By the mid-2010s, 1K Phew was issuing mixtapes such as 2015's Sunday Night and 2016's Life, gaining attention both regionally and nationally for his confident style and technical abilities. In 2017, the rapper signed with Reach Records and toured constantly. That year he released his Never Too Late mixtape and guested on the Metro Boomin-produced single "Hammer Time" by Lecrae. Following the 2018 singles "Zoo Atlanta" and "We Did It," 1K Phew returned with the 2019 mixtape What's Understood.