Jesse Blake a.k.a Aktual was born in Pennsylvania but moved to Atlanta, Georgia with his parents when he was 10 years old.
Raised in a musical household, his father is a renowned jazz musician and his mother is an illustrious jazz vocalist & professional music therapist. At an early age Aktual learned to play keyboards by ear. In high school, he began DJ’ing parties and networking by passing out business cards to promote his company.
Working diligently to make a name for himself, Aktual focused on performing & songwriting, as well as producing & professional sound engineering.
Through different self-made business ventures, he began working with many reputable & well-known artists, music establishments and recording companies.
The relentless focus & mastering of his artistry has earned Aktual productions & collaborations on records with several legendary & famed artists including Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Dose, Kafani, Mistah Fab, Gucci Mane, Outlawz, Bobby Valentino, Playaz Circle, Estelle, LL Cool J, Sean Garrett, Cyhi Da Prynce, Young Dro, Young Buck, Future, Oj Da Juiceman, Gillie Da Kid, Chalie Boy, Blood Raw, Jeremih, Big Sean, Paul Wall...with the list constantly growing.