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Bloggerhouse presents: The Return of The Shelved Album (Omniscience)

by Travis on August 25, 2010

Omniscience - I Gotta Maintain

Omniscience – Wreckonize (From Funky One Liner EP ’93)

Omni was an MC coming straight outta of North Cacalack (North Carolina for those who don’t know). Finding info on him is rather difficult, most of what I tracked down came from two sites, the legendary Vinyl Addicts (RIP) and a site that I never knew about before www.smalltimehustle.com that had the most info about Omni that I’ve ever seen.

He first appeared on the scene sometime in the early 90′s as part of a group called Funke Leftovers with another North Carolina pioneer The Rhythm Fanatic from the early Bizzie Boys crew that also included Ski of Roc-a-Bloc fame. The duo dropped a single called “I Like Girls” in 92′. Around 93′ Omniscience ventured out as a solo artist and dropped “The Funky One Liner” EP. The EP featured four tracks, two for sure appears on this “album”. This has been described more as a “chopped-up mixtape” than the actual “lost” album. I’ve read somewhere that even Omniscience says this isn’t the real album, which makes one wonder how dope the real one is. Whatever it is, we’ll pretend like it’s something you should download today, because it is. It’s been up on WYDU numerous times before, but we’ll dust it off for the BH readers now.

On the strength of the EP, Omniscience got signed to Elektra’s East/West Recordings, which would turn out to be the kiss of the death for Omni, among many others during this period of Elektra’s mishandling of classic underground hero’s. He would drop the underground gem of 95′ with his first single “Amazin’” (pictured up above). He would then drop a second single “Touch Y’all” which featured a remix w/ Sadat X. Shortly after the release of the second single, Elektra would do to him that they did to 8Off Agullah, Supernatural and a host of others, they shelved the album and dropped them from the label. As far as I can gather, the album was shipped as a promo to DJ’s and the such during the time but as I’ve mentioned, it’s been said that this isn’t the real album that was supposed to be released on East/West, but this had to be a good portion of it at the very least.

Omniscience sounds like (voice wise) a mix of Buckshot, Canibus, and someone else I’m still trying to put my finger on. Lyrically he’s pretty nice with his. He drops lot’s of one liners (“I’m not Denny’s, I serve many brothers“) guess that’s why he calls himself the “Funky One Liner”. Production wise there were at least three people/crew’s involved in the production of the album, The Rhythm Fanatic, 3 Boyz From Newark, and Rheji Burrell and Vincent Herbert. There is some nice smooth shit and there is some funky ass shit. It’s very well produced and gives that sound of the golden age that some of us old fogies are always on the look out for.

Omniscience – The Raw Factor (Unreleased/Unofficial)

Year: 1995 Label: East/West Records

1. Intro

2. Maintain

3. Greatest MC In The World

4. Who Is Down With Us

5. Lost In The Music

6. Everybody’s Got An Ego

7. Love To The Crews

8. Bumpheads

9. Touch Y’all

10. Amazin’

11. My Main Man

12. Big Kap (Interlude)

13. Get Our Dicks Sucked

14. Act Like You Know

15. Lady’s Freestyle

16. We Do It Like This

17. Rules Of The Game

18. Stage Domination

19. Fuck The Critics (Interlude)

20. Causin’ Terror

21. Halfway

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its the p September 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm

chick on the amazin hook reminds me of rihanna w/o any autotune

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