The Omega Factor: Omega tha Kid

Washington D.C. may be most known as the nation’s capital and home of the President of the United States, but that’s not all “The City” is known for. The D.C. is also home to the most diverse group of African-Americans in the country.

Hailing from Washington D.C. Omega tha Kid has melted all the various influences that one can be exposed to when growing up in the nation’s capital to make a very unique brand of music.

Omega tha Kid stopped grinding to talk with about selling units as an indie, his style and how D.C. influenced his style What got you into hip-hop?

Omega tha Kid: I’ve always had a very deep love for it. I thought I might be able to do it professionally when I was about 18 years old. I would freestyle and people would like it. I would hear “You nice. You should do this for real” But at the time it felt like that was a dream. But ever since then, I’ve been doing this. I’ve never had a real job so I’ve been doing this Describe Omega tha Kid’s rap style.

Omega tha Kid: I wouldn’t say it. I don’t like talking about myself. I let other people speak for what I do. And most people would say that my style is real smooth. It flows together real nicely. Some say it reminds them of what hip-hop used to sound like, just with a new school twist. I call it the “Omega Twist” (laughs) A lot of rappers today rhyme real staccato, real broken up. My style is real fluid. What’s coming down the pipeline for you this year? EP, LP, mixtape?

Omega tha Kid: I’m on ITunes, Rhapsody, limewire. I’ve already sold over 5ooo units online already. I don’t know many un-signed artists who have sold that many units. I’m about to drop my mixtape “The City” real soon. “The City” is a term we use to describe D.C. That’s about to drop so be on the look out for that. I’ll also be on the soundtrack for a movie that’s coming up but I can’t talk about that just yet (laughs) Moving units like that a major label might need you! Do you feel like indies need majors anymore?

Omega Tha Kid: Records labels were already known to rape an artist. But now, because of the recession and all that, they’re trying everything to get a chunk of these artists’ careers. That’s what they’re trying to do with the 360 deals. I would love to be on a major and be able to be on an international stage. But for the time being, I’m going to be indie.

I’ve been blessed with being able to move my own units, so I look at it as a plus. There’s nobody looking to get a percentage of what I’m doing, not even a manager. D.C. is diverse city. Talk about the hip-hop scene in DC and how did it influence your style?

Omega Tha Kid: Shout out to Wale, Tabi Boney, Chuck Brown. People don’t recognize D.C. as the Mecca it is for the Black Culture. Marvin Gaye is from D.C. I’ve heard so many influences in my life. I’ve lived around Jamaicans, Puerto Ricans, people from up North, people from Down South. All those influences kinda make me who I am and have molded me not to make my music fit into a box.

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