Born Capucine Cantrell to the parents Alma and Dorsey Cantrell, Coppe Cantrell was number six of eleven siblings. At six months old, her father nicknamed her Coppe because her hair looked like a shiny copper penny. She attended John Muir High School in Pasadena, California. Coppe later went to college and completed all but four classes when she became pregnant with her first child. She tried to finish while taking her son, Niamyja, to school with her, but it became very tedious, so she made the choice of raising her son her top priority. Later, she met her husband-to-be, Johnny Jackson, known by many as Johnny “J” in the music entertainment industry. Smitten by Jackson, and after just six months of courtship the two were married.
They developed a romantic and business relationship as they formed KLOCK WORK. Johnny “J” produced artists such as 2Pac and various others, while Capucine stayed behind the scenes most times, and kept their company going.
She had a few small parts on records for 2Pac, Coolio (Gangsta Paradise) and Big Syke, and she toured as a dancer and road manager for Johnny “J”‘s solo debut, I Got to Be Me. She was also the leading lady in his music video, Get Away from Me. After 17 years of marriage, to the legendary producer, Johnny “J”, On October 3, 2008, her world came crashing down. Johnny “J” had passed away while in jail for a six-month sentence stemming from DUI charges.