Chad Dexter was born Chad Dexter Burnette on December 7, 1983. At age 17, during his high school years, Chad Dexter was introduced to and then soon after mentored by the artist/producer Ryan Leslie for a few years under Leslie's NextSelection imprint where he honed half of his songwriting and vocal/record production skills. Burnette, along with his father, used to also DJ local parties in the Boston metropolitan area; Burnette constantly wrote and produced full records from his bedroom/basement studio, where he learned and acquired most of his production and musical skills. In October 2003, at age 20, he was discovered by Derick Prosper and the [then] VP of G-Unit, Sha Money XL during his junior year in college, where he was soon awarded the moniker, Chad Beatz due to his infectious and hard-hitting sound. As a part of the deal, Beatz began doing in-house production for 50 Cent, Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and more.