James Ledbetter began his music career as a studio musician in 2013 at For The Record Studios in Orange, California. Splitting his time between studio work and high school, he started expanding into composition and production during this period. He also began working with the producer lllusion. Following his graduation in 2015, he embarked on a short West Coast tour. In late 2015, he moved to Hollywood and began working as a songwriter alongside talented producers like Cameron Hale (writer/producer for "Saved" by Khalid) and Voli (writer/producer for J Cole, Bebe Rexha).
Between 2016 and 2018, James transitioned from songwriting and studio musician work to producing and engineering. He started producing and engineering for artists around him, refining his technical and producing abilities. In 2018, James and his long-time co-writer Hunter Craig formed Lil Cult. Within two months of releasing their debut set of singles, they gained a spot on the front page of SoundCloud, leading to underground success across multiple platforms. From 2018 to 2019, Lil Cult amassed 4 million streams across the internet. They also released their biggest single, "Mercury in Retrograde," with lllusion.
Following the events of 2020, Lil Cult took an indefinite hiatus. James moved to Joshua Tree, where he focused on producing and engineering for other artists for the next six months. He has amassed over 7 million streams across his discography. After his time in the desert, he relocated to Long Beach and started a small studio in downtown. The following year marked a new creative renaissance for James as he immersed himself in the Long Beach scene. This ultimately led to the opening of No Pulp Media in downtown Long Beach in April 2022.