you doing man?
Not too good,
I'm running late to this show right now
is out now, how's that doing?
great. It's getting a lot of good responses from the shows and the listeners.
That took a lot of work and everybody on the album I've known for a long
time, so it was dope to reach out and get to work with them. This album
is real special to me.
9 track is dope, what's it like working with him?
Mikah 9 is
crazy man! He's real talented. He just sits down and writes in 15 minutes.
I was able to tour with him for a little while. He's the homie, so it's
nothing out of the norm to work with him. He's real talented and he definitely
lives up to his hype.
is the first time I heard you
do you feel like there's a lot of people
still learning about Omni?
a lot of records that they probably haven't heard and this one is finally
catching some light. I'm pretty sure people are wondering who I am. I
hope they figure it out and do their research. That's cool with me.
has a real different sound to it. What did you want to create when you
sat down to start it?
means the problems of a community coming together and expressing them
in the form of a show, something like that. So what I wanted to do is
just reach out and grab everybody from my local neighborhood, open up
the doors, open up the windows, start the barbeque, and have a party.
That's what we got, entertainment. I didn't look for any particular sound.
It's just fun from beginning to end. I just let it go, and it formed into
what it is. It created itself.
your state-of-mind recording "Ballyhoo"?
Just to let
everyone do their thing and I'd do my thing. You might hear Wildchild
only on a hook, you might just hear me only on a hook
I just wanted
it to cerate itself. I think that it's a really dope record, and the fact
that it did create itself is really dope.
your influences for "Ballyhoo"?
From my last
two records, everything I was trying to do and all the sounds I was creating,
I wanted to sharpen them. I think I did that real clearly. Every record,
I like to play around. I don't like to be pigeon-holed into one corner.
I might want to do a rock track, a West Coast track, a backpack track
really sharpened that up on this album. It was fun too.
see yourself branching off into other genres of music?
I can't call
it. I'm just doing whatever I feel at the time. I definitely love rock
music, I definitely love punk rock, I definitely love Hip Hop, and I definitely
love trip hop. I'm not going to go off and do a rock album, but you might
hear a rock intertwine.
worked with Tricky, what did you learn working with him?
a couple of months in the studio together. The dude is definitely a pioneer
and he's a genius. I learned a whole lot working with him. Unfortunately
the project didn't make it to light. I was listening to his music before
I was working with him, then I got to work with him and I was like "whoa."
It was definitely a blessing.
out from that experience?
It was really
humbling. I had to rewrite, and rewrite, and rewrite, and I had to learn
that I'm not the dopest MC that I think I am. I know that my writing is
not perfect and that it can be better if I keep at it and keep working
hard on it. It didn't change me in anyway, it just gave me more experience
as an artist.
the project never came out?
It was just
label business that we were going through. It didn't work out. In the
near future something will probably happen with this.
so many sounds, where do you see yourself fitting in?
all of the sounds mixed in. They say that someone in L.A. always has a
surfboard in one hand and a gun in the other, and that's definitely true.
In school, I was always the one that was cool with anyone. I was always
in the mix of everything. I'm definitely a well-rounded person and I'm
proud of that. That's what I am, and you can definitely hear that in my
you ever worry about getting pigeon-holed into a certain category?
Not at all.
I'm so free. I don't worry about a damn thing. When I do my music, I'm
free as possible and I just spit from the heart. There's just no way you
can pigeon-hole me. I say what I want to say.
your focus right now?
I'm so ahead
of myself. I'm three albums ahead of myself all the time. My main focus
right now is just to keep pushing the envelope on my art. It just has
to keep getting fresher and fresher every time. I'm touring for "Ballyhoo"
and I'm working on my next album, "Ninja Art," produced by Grasshopper.
That should be out early next year.
also re-releasing your earlier material. A lot of artists only want you
to hear their new material. Why re-release your old stuff?
fresh. It's still new. It's not lost in time. I'm still proud of "Funkdafied
Freddy." That's mostly comedy. That record was real fun to make.
"Burgundy Brown" was more serious. I feel that the old albums
give you a chance to reach back, and I hope the fans do.
you want to say to everyone out there reading this?
stay up, stay positive, and definitely uplift our women. Uplift our women
out there. Just hope for the future. There's good things to come. I never
want to mislead anybody that follows me, we're all students in this movement
and struggle and only we can help each other and only we can save each
other. On that note, stay positive, plan for the future, and uplift each