With a humble B-Boy swagger and original hip-hop values Ohmega Watts (born Milton Campbell) first released on Ubiquity with a soulful and DJ friendly solo 12” featuring his group Lightheaded and Quannum artists The Lifesavas.
“A Request” was an up tempo J5 party-style hip-hop banger with beats to rock dancefloors from coast to coast. While “Illuminate” provided a smoother buttery sound, and “Wind It Up” an instrumental mid-tempo flava…Most of the music on this 12” came together in a live, random, spur of the moment session.
“A Request” turned heads worldwide including internationally respected DJs like Mr. Scruff, Gilles Peterson, Greyboy, and the Los Angeles-based Heavyweight Record Pool. Earning comparisons to Digital Underground and Pete Rock it also scored Ohmega Watts an album deal with Ubiquity.
“That Sound” is the massive follow-up single to his 2004 sell-out debut. It features up n’coming West Coast MCs the Procussions with Noelle from The Rebirth on the hook. Quantic Soul Orchestra step up with a super tasty funk remix.
“That Sound” is a bouncy party track sounding like vintage Tribe Called Quest or Leaders of The New School ala 'Scenario.' The Quantic Soul Orchestra mix has an infectious summer funk vibe, with instantly catchy guitar licks and Hammond organ adding a wicked organic vibe.
Producing since 1997 and MC’ing since 1993 the Ohmega Watts resume includes tracks produced for Mars Ill on Ill Boogie, for Listener on Mush, plus he’s recorded as Lightheaded for Day By Day Ent, and as Return To Sender on the Piece of The Action compilation.
Hailing from Flatbush, Brooklyn, brought-up by Jamaican parents Campbell moved to Florida for college and then settled in Portland, Oregon. He is now part of a bustling North West independent scene that includes the Lifesavas (who appeared on his debut single), Boom Bap, Soul Plasma, Libretto, Lightheaded and The Blacknotes.
This Fall MC and producer Ohmega Watts will come correct with organic and energetic hip hop, funk and soul on his debut album “The Find”. His sound is original, from the heart, straight no chaser music.
The Find refers to both musical and personal inspiration and track themes span from crate diggin’ dreams and musical reminiscing, social commentary and spiritually charged story telling. Inspired as much by hip hop legends like Eric B & Rakim and Premier as contemporary electronic producers like RJD2 and The Herbaliser, and old school experimentalists like Shuggie Otis The Find pushes current industry-standard boundaries.
“Sick of the monotony, we got the remedy” he declares in “Long Ago.” Most of the music is played live and re-sampled by Watts and a cast of supporting musicians - there are no loops or played-out samples and within tunes he often switches beats up moving from one musical vibe into another.
In addition to both MCing and Producing this album Ohmega Watts also knocked-out the cover to The Find. An avid designer he’s also completed work for Pigeon John, Adidas, Lightheaded, and even for the Ubiquity clothing line.
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