One who May Ascend's upbringing was not that of a normal childhood. In everything from his birth name containing Arabic and Egyptian roots, to his diet, OMA was raised as a demigod, and was expected to live up to his name.
The first born son of two educated middle-class Afro-centric radicals, and offered as a sacrifice to God, OMA was taught the value of manners, service, appreciation, hard work, and humility, amongst others, but most importantly, the sacredness of his name. OMA kept all of these principles at heart, however it wasn't until his early teens that OMA developed an interest in expressing his experiences and all he learned rhythmically and poetically through music – more specifically, rap.
The lasting psychological effects of OMA’s early childhood played a significant role in his thinking as a teen. OMA was often conflicted between the divine way of life he was taught, and mundane life on the day-to-day basis. He was also ostracized regularly, being labeled a “nerd” or “not black enough” for being different (and at times, more intelligent) than the other children at school. With no personalized outlet to expel this negative energy, he would constantly find himself getting in fights, behaving recklessly, or following ‘the wrong crowd’ in futile attempts to fit in a society which he shared nothing in common with. It was in one of these encounters with the wrong crowd of people where One who May Ascend discovered what was soon to become his passion.
In the beginning of his musical career, OMA was unfamiliar with rap sensations such as Tupac Shakur, Biggie, or Eminem, but after hearing an exhibition from one of the local rap artists, OMA developed a keenness for poetry in its rhythmic form. OMA saw emcees as people of struggle, people with unique life experience – not unlike his own condition – relating their stories and those experiences to the rest of the world. OMA greatly admired their skill, openness, and bravery in which they shared their lives and ideas to an imperfect world. Intrigued, the teenager delved into the world of hip-hop, and in doing so, he discovered a newfound peace which he had never known in expressing himself through his music – without limitations, and without restrictions, and for the first time, without fear.
Finding sanction in a new world of creativity, One who May Ascend’s music harbors the same essential principles instilled in him at an early age such as: perseverance, excellence, self-awareness, as well as his unpleasant personal experiences; emotions such as feeling lost, empty, and that of hopelessness, all in attempt to educate the global community of the human race’s interconnectedness in hopes of a better tomorrow.
OMA’s work has not gone unnoticed. In the short years following the writing of his first poems and songs at the age of fourteen, OMA has had the privilege of being granted some of the nation’s most prestigious awards, coveted features, and has performed alongside some of hip hop’s premier talent, but one of the most important things he has gained remains his newly gained friends. It was these same friends who gave him the name “One who May Ascend” (for rapping so well that he would ascend into the heavens) and urged him to pursue rap as a profession, rather than just a hobby, leading to the release of his first mix-tape, “ASCENDING; The Best of One who May Ascend”, at eighteen years old.
Since the release of his debut project, "ASCENDING; The Best of OMA" (Released May 17, 2013), One who May Ascend has performed in multiple events such as the 1st Annual Texas A&M - Corpus Christi "APOLLO" 2013, the Corpus Christi Music Walk June 2013, the Corpus Christi Art Walk August 2013, the 2013 Battle of the Bands at the Texas House of Rock, the Dallas Music Conference and Showcase (DMCAS) 2013, the 2013 "Rap-Zilla" showcase in Austin, the 2013 Texas Solo Artist Award Finals, the Wakarusa Waka Winter Classic 2014 after being one of five North Texas bands chosen to compete at the "Battle for Wakarusa" showcase at Trees in Dallas Texas, the 26th SBSLC (Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference) freestyle rap battle in 2014, worked on numerous collaborative projects (including the release of the Metal/Rap EP, "Breaking Even", Released August 3, 2013, with Corpus Christi native band, The Fallen), has been streamed on numerous radio stations such as: HNS Radio, Unsigned Hype Radio, NewTribez Radio, Radio Airplay, and KANM Radio, (including his interview on KANM), has had his premier demo, "ASCENDING", featured at the Austin Mic Exchange's Mix-tape Market Place after being selected as one of the twenty local artists to be featured at the 2014 MLK Block Party hosted by the Austin Mic Exchange, performed at the unofficial South by South West event, “Pawn Takes King 4”, hosted by the Austin Mic Exchange, performed at RAW: Natural Born Artists at the Belmont in Austin, Texas, and has received many awards, including the Scholastic Silver Key award for poetry on the national-level. He is currently unsigned and a student in the Texas A&M system, which has played a major part in his success; from his original compositions being studied in Dr. T.J. Curry’s Introduction to Hip-Hop Philosophy Class (PHIL 252-500) on campus, to being featured on Texas A&M’s Department on Hispanic Studies’ Facebook page for an original five minute song written fully in Castilian Spanish, to winning the 26th annual SBSLC (Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference) freestyle rap battle hosted by DJ BANDCAMP (Official DJ of Stalley, the Indiana Pacers, and BET 106 and Park) and Texas A&M drawing audiences of 200+, and has been featured on The Eckleburg Project's (Official Literary Magazine of Texas A&M) blog as a featured artist for a week. He has also opened for major hip-hop acts including Travis Porter and Gorilla Zoe, while attending Texas A&M in the Bryan/College Station area, however, the journey continues…
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Awaken from his dormant state of being, OMA now knows that he is One who May Ascend.
He hopes to help you understand that you are too.