It’s been a long road for Portland, OR emcee Luck-One, but soon he’ll finally get to see his work pay off. Architect Entertainment recently announced that they will be releasing the rapper’s debut LP True Theory this March 22. 

Although True Theory may be his official debut, Luck isn’t a stranger to music. The rapper has been a classically trained musician since childhood, and was also a member of the now-defunct collective Seventh Science. 

Luck and Seventh Science had actually been recording their debut album Live From the Underground when tragedy struck the Portland rapper. At the age of 17, Luck-One was arrested for robbery and gun charges and ended up serving over half a decade in prison.

While in prison, Luck dedicated himself to activist projects within the prison, organizing food strikes and even helping to break down the racial and political divides between other inmates. He also taught himself a second language and marketing and further honed his lyrical craft.

Just under a year removed from his release from prison, Luck-One linked up with producer Dekk for his debut free EP Beautiful Music. The project garnered acclaimed from critics and bloggers, including He has since gone on to release his second EP True Theory Outtakes this past October and has opened concerts for acts like the RZA, Game and others.