Adhi was born into a middle-class family with no knowledge in music or cinema; his father works at Bharathiar University while his mother comes from an agricultural background. He studied at Chavara Vidya Bhavan, and electrical engineering at Bannari Amman Institute of Technology. He holds a state-level rank in Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test and is a graduate in Master of Business Administration from the Department of Management Studies, University of Madras. As of October 2014, he was studying a Ph.D course at Bharathiar University, which he completed in June 2015. He named his account on the video-sharing site YouTube as "Hiphop Tamizha" with an image of the Tamil poet Subramania Bharati, to avoid being caught by his parents. Adhi's father had initially opposed his idea of choosing music as his career; Adhi himself had no formal education in music. When Adhi was living in Chennai in a 10 x 10 room, he met Ma Ka Pa Anand, then an RJ at Radio Mirchi. Anand allowed Adhi to perform "Club le Mabbule" on his radio show, the recording became viral, crossing over two million views within a week of its release on YouTube. The India Book of Records later recognised Hiphop Tamizha as the "first artiste to release a Tamil hip hop album from India". In January 2016, he performed live at a concert named Nenje Ezhu that raised funds for victims of the 2015 South Indian floods. Though Adhi initially expressed no interest in singing or composing for films, he and Jeeva have contributed to numerous works concerning cinema; Adhi sang his first film song, titled "Thapellam Thappe Illai" composed by Vijay Antony for Naan (2012). His first Tamil film as music composers was Aambala in 2015. He composed for Aranmanai 2, Kathakali and Thamizhan Endru Sol. They will also compose for the Telugu remake of Thani Oruvan, making their debut in Telugu cinema, and an untitled film to be directed by K. V. Anand. In early 2016, Adhi directed a short film about jallikattu which he plans to release in May. His upcoming projects are Thamizhan Endru Sol, Kaththi Sandai, Telugu remake of Thani Oruvan and International Tamizhan.