Born Marlon Ricardo Williams in Kingston 26 years ago, Bling Dawg was raised in Portland and Miami. His first stage name of Ricky Rudie was one he had for a long time prior to adding the 'aka Bling Dawg' to the mix. He recalls, "I went to Miami and I bought a chain wid a dog on it an Devonte come an seh 'Bling Dawg'. One night... Shocking Vibes had a show at Cactus. I just enter de stage wid a serious look an seh 'Ricky Rudie aka Bling Dawg' an de place jus buss. So from dat me jus work wid it".