The self-proclaimed name “Oz’mosis” is always followed by a series of questions about its meaning. Informally, –OSMOSIS—is the process by which information or concepts come to someone effortlessly. There is no other name that better fits the multi-talented Haitian American artist, who is a prolific songwriter/writer and who has been a performer from the time he could remember.
“Music had always been my best friend ever since I was like five years old. When I would perform for people, they would give me money as I used to kill them with joy every time I sang and danced,” he recalled.
Oz’mosis believed he was destined to do great things in life. He refused to be a product of his environment. Therefore, he took his education seriously. He immigrated to the United States when he was 14 to reunite with his parents and further his education. After graduating from high school in 1999, Oz’mosis desired a higher education which resulted in him earning a degree in Political Science while maintaining a minor in Africana Studies from the University of Central Florida in 2005.
Since a young boy, Oz’mosis has always been multifaceted. He was only 9 when he began to write music, and poetry. At the age of 11, he was already vocal about social issues in his community. As a child, he loved to be around elders to hear them talk politics, relationships, and life in general, which initially gave him the wisdom and the knowledge he needed for his own growth and development. He always asked questions. As a result, Oz’mosis developed strong critical thinking abilities. He displayed an interesting intellectual capability that was unfamiliar for most of his peers.
Growing up in the nineties, it was almost inevitable for someone like Oz’mosis not to fall in love with Hip-hop. “Hip-hop saved me,” said the MC. “The mid 90’s was considered the golden era of Hip-hop. “I remember it like yesterday, the first time I saw hip-hop on television”, he continued.
The founding father of Haitian Hip-hop, Master Dji, made Oz’mosis fall in love with the art form when he watched his video “Sispann“.” But what really made Oz’mosis decide Hip-hop was something he wanted to do, was when he watched the music video ‘Bagay Dròl’ by Original Rap Staff.
The influence of Master Dji and a few other Haitian hip-hop legends influenced Oz’mosis to pursue writing his rhymes in Haitian Creole although he had assimilated the American culture. In 2000, he decided to create a Haitian Hip-hop group with a few high school friends. The group was called “Sky’z Da Limit”. The group released its first album Haiti: Love & Politics in 2001 with the mega hit “Ki Yes Ki Responsab“. The group toured the whole state of Florida, its colleges and universities, and performed at every major Haitian music festival in South Florida. The performance at the Compas Fest in 2004 earned the group recognition on the front page of the Miami Herald.
“Sky’z Da Limit” released its sophomore album Afrikayiti in 2006. The follow up album had several hits such as “Nouvèl Haiti“, “Pou Yo” featuring Compas legend Gazzman Couleur, And “Ou Pa Sou Anyen” with Rockfam and Masters Of Haiti. Shortly, after the release of the album, some of the members took a break to focus on their personal lives. Throughout the years, the group being inactive, Oz’mosis continued to do collaborations with other artists. He also ghostwrite for many artists and bands in the Haitian Music Industry. He has also contributed to the success of two Haitian films He co-wrote and had a role in Puissance De La Foi. He edited the script of UnMonde Separe as well playing a significant role.
Three years ago, Oz’mosis decided to pursue a solo career and released his first mixtape: Viv Pou Mouri – Mouri Pou Viv. The mixtate did extremely well on the Haitian Hip-hop world. It had many buzzing songs, including “Kisa’k Yon Gangster”, “Depoze Mikwo”, “Mete Pou Yo” and “Forever” featuring Louino. Oz’mosis released a video for all the songs mentioned here, plus the album title track – Viv Pou Mouri – Mouri Pou Viv. However, Oz’mosis believes the mixtate would have done a lot better had it receives more love from the media.
As Oz’mosis fundamentally believes in freedom of expression, he found it necessary to create a platform for people, and artists like himself, who wanted a social outlet to express themselves and share their worldview, as well as their talent. Hence, on November 2014 he founded HMI Buzz — a multi-media company which documents the Haitian-American Experience and the Haitian Music Industry.
Now that he has his own legitimate platform, Oz’mosis is getting ready to release his next project – a five track EP entitled Unfinished Business, which is due this upcoming Fall.
All in All, Oz’mosis believes one should demonstrate superlative skill in all aspects of life. He is a known maximizer who wants to positively affect the world with all of his God-given talents in music, film, writing, and public speaking.