Burst on to the scene when Coca-Cola chose his song "Wavin' Flag" at the 2010 FIFA World Cup promotional anthem. He works within the genres of hip hop and world music and influenced by Somali music.
His debut album was called The Dusty Foot Philosopher and it was met with high praise.
A couple of his songs have been featured in video games such as Madden NFL 09 and FIFA 06.
He was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and was discovered in Toronto, Canada. He was married to Deqa Warsame until 2010.
He has collaborated with several well known artists such as Nelly Furtado.