Omar Musa undertook part of his education in California, USA where he was strongly influenced by hip-hop. In 2007 Musa won the British Council's Realise Your Dream award. In 2009, Musa self-published The Clocks, based on his travel experiences.
2009winnerCanberra Critics Circle Awards—WritingFor an excellent 12 months in which he won the Australian Poetry Slam at the Sydney Opera House, published a book, The Clocks, released his first album, The Massive EP, and recorded his second album.
'Revelatory and incendiary, Here Come the Dogs is a window into the youth of contemporary multicultural Australia, through the lives of three disaffected, hedonistic, aspirational and sometimes violent young men on the edge. Fresh in form and content, a hip-hop novel by a unique literary talent.' (Publication summary)