Gained fame for his portrayal of "The Godfather of Gangsta rap," Eazy-E, in the film Straight Outta Compton. He'd previously been in films such as Contraband and Broken City. In 2018, he began starring in the Showtime drama The Chi.
He had a minor role in the 2011 film Texas Killing Fields as a cashier before landing his 2012 film role in Contraband.
He was featured in an episode of Major Crimes in 2015. He was cast in the 2017 film Kong: Skull Island.
He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He starred alongside Corey Hawkins in the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.