His story is similar to Cinderella's except instead of overnight, it was ten years in the making.
Just a few weeks after he was released from prison, the musically self-taught Lyfe performed an amazing performance at the Apollo Theater's amatuer night. He got a record deal and released his debut album Lyfe 268-192, which is getting some critical acclaim. His hit R&B single “Must Be Nice” (which if you haven't heard, you need to)is on top of the charts.
The interview isn't the best it could be, but Lyfe gives some interesting answers. If you want to hear some of his tracks, NPR has them posted