Reinaldo De Jesus was born in Barrio Obrero Santurce, Puerto Rico. He began to play the tumbadoras at the age of ten because of inspirations such as; Giovanni Hidalgo, Ray Barreto, Cachete Maldonado, and Anthony Carrillo. In 1990, he was admitted to the Escuela Libre De Musica in Hato Rey, P.R. where he and other students founded the salsa group, Revolucion Latina. They performed all over Puerto Rico for four years. Reinaldo graduated from the ELM in 1996 and enrolled in the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, where he studied classical percussion.