Earlier in the mid-1990s, he started as part of the rap group Excel before going solo as Timbuktu. He is the son of Madubuko Diakité, a United States born Swedish human rights lawyer and academic. Jason suffered from severe depression during the late 90"s during his stay in New New York
He moved back to Sweden where his depression continued.
lieutenant is said rap saved his life by giving him an outlet to vent his emotions. Timbuktu has been hosting the music aid radio/television show Musikhjälpen for several years.