2-4 Family was a rap/hip hop group, that formed in Germany in the late 1990s. The original line-up consisted of Jo O'Meara, Jay Dogg, Joseph Jazz and Essence Woods. Jay Dogg and Joseph Jazz met each other in the United States Army in 1989 and became friends. They were both DJs, but decided that Dogg would be the DJ and Jazz would be the rapper. As a duo, they entered many talent competitions. When visiting Germany in 1997, they came across Essence Woods at a party. Jo O'Meara was a friend of Woods, so the four of them formed the group 2-4 Family in 1998.