Elliott is the brother of comedian and former news anchor Eunice Elliott and began rapping while still a student at Dunbar Elementary School, finding that he didn't stutter when he rapped. He adopted his long-time stage name, originally styled as "The Bessemer Dweller", and later shortened to "The Dweller," after a telemarketer misread it as "Thed Weller". He began using that name for spoken word appearances, and later dropped the previous iterations.
- Shirell, Nichole (April 27, 2017) "It Is Written! A Candid Conversation With Thed Weller" The Odyssey