Knight grew up in Hillsboro, a suburb of Portland, Oregon; attending Jesuit High School, near Beaverton, Oregon. He is a graduate of Portland State University.
As Chilly Tee, Knight released one rap album, 1993's "Get Off Mine", and single of the same name. It featured production from The Bomb Squad and Knight wrote most of the lyrics. Knight is quoted in the Portland Monthly as saying, "Nobody bought that record... I liked making music, but I hated the performing part of it. I think there’s a reason most animators are hidden behind giant curtains. They’re not meant for the spotlight."