“Populate my flow with concentrated growth…hear my verses, hear my beats you know I dominated both…got my nickname up in high school from this girl named Winter…those was my early days when I didn’t have concern for figures… (Motion Picture)”
Dreamville artist Omen has just released his debut album entitled Elephant Eyes. It is a peek inside the life & mind of this MC reppin for the South Side of Chicago.
Omen has a different kind of wave swinging, particularly for a Chicago MC. Just listening to him you might not even truly realize that he is from the Chi. Then again, there isn’t really a place you can put him because his songs aren’t really about a place in the world. Omen is a deeply personal artist who is coming from his particular place in the world more so mentally than physically. Many will probably compare him to J. Cole, both because he is on Cole’s Dreamville label & because of the overall style, but though the swag is similar, the approach is different. In the past Omen has been featured on Cole’s songs & he has been building up quite a buzz for the last few years.
Omen’s songs are autobiographical, but also go inside to where his mind roams & his thoughts & concerns lie. He is a storyteller, sure, but he is also a thinker. Throughout the album there are intros that bring in themes such as social media, father figures, women, pride & many other subjects that many of us wonder about. Omen comes from a sincere place & with Elephant Eyes offers a chance to stand in his shoes and see through his eyes. He expresses honest emotions like fear, paranoia, not wanting to be live in anyone’s shadow and even hits us with a love song. It’s all very genuine & it’s nice to get the opportunity to get to know Omen through these records. I look forward to following his career and his development as an artist. The album features fellow Chicago native CJ Hamilton, Ari Lennox, Bas, & Mr. Cole world himself, J. Cole. This album is definitely a great listen, particularly for Hip Hop heads like myself. It is sincere, full, high quality music.
Support Omen’s album Elephant Eyes. Anybody with a streaming subscription should definitely pull it up. Check out the video for single LoveDrug featuring CJ Hamilton below: