SERIAL by Ominous Red

Serial is an independent conceptual Hip Hop album written, produced and performed by Ominous Red. It is also available for download on Reverbnation or directly from Ominous Red. Below are the youtube videos so you can preview the whole album before you decide if you want to purchase it directly from Ominous Red.

Thank you for listening.


Ominous Red said...


The saving grace of the project is the concept. The audio, beats and vocal performance and treatment could have been way better. But I was fighting against cost and limited resources as far as equipment and conditions like not being able to use samples which ultimately sand bagged the project but I had to move forward no matter what.

Trust me... if I had the chance to just ghost write and clear samples, I would have been okay with putting this in the hands of people with more talent or who were better equipped than I am but that was not an option for me.

People will miss the concept because:

They aren't old enough to recognize what I am referencing lyrically.

They won't ever hear the concept because they don't like the music (sound & style)

And that is where the visuals of the lyrics come in. Everywhere you see text marked with blood or written in red is a nod to a particular artist. Most real heads can see what I was doing. I took their work and created something out of it which is the metaphor. A cop is tracking killers only to end up a killer. Just like we as fans, track our favorite emcees just to eventually become emcees ourselves. So this album was sort of like an explanation of what I like in Hip Hop as far as all the artists I pay tribute to.

When I finish my website, it will kinda explain it all a little better and hopefully enhance the experience of the music.

I got that idea from Aesop Rock. When he dropped Fast Cars, he included a book that had all his work in it so I could read a long and it helped me understand his work a little better because I could better digest what he was saying.

Even though I love this project, I am completely aware of the fact that it is not up to par as far as quality goes. There are not a lot of people who want to hear an audio book in the form of a rap album, which is basically what I did.

My next project will be completely different because it will not be restrained by the concept and I write songs with the focus on style and sound instead of being confined by the concept.

With all that said, imagine this idea being put in the hands of someone like NAS with Primo on the beats.

It would probably be the greatest album ever created. LOL.

Jason @ PSB said...

If what you write is true, then this is the greatest album ever created. A short post and links will drop on my blog tomorrow afternoon. I've yet to sit down and listen through all of it, and I can't wait to do so. You're mad talented.

Jason @ PSB said...

PS. Why did you choose not to use samples? Was it a personal challenge? If you're indie underground and not pushing major units, why bother?

Ominous Red said...

Thanks for checking it out. Being an artist, I have mad respect for an artists' rights. That is how I came up with the name Ominous Red. I was always scared of getting in trouble for copyright infringement. So I took the letters of my name and switched them all around so I could hide my real identity so I could avoid getting sued. It spelled Ominous Light The Red Ninja. If anyone tried to take my credit I could decode the name to prove who was the real Ominous. I just shortened it to Ominous Red. I stayed away from samples because I cannot afford to clear them. I went to the first One Stop Shop producer conference in Phoenix, AZ. Sample clearance was a big issue. They had lawyers there that said that if you sample something as basic as a kick drum, and they could prove it, you could get sued. And then they had real examples of it like Biggie's first album. They used a sample that wasn't cleared and they had to pull all the albums that had the uncleared samples. So right now I just can't afford to take that risk. Trust me, if could get away with samples, I would have some DJ Premier type shit all over this project, LOL.

Jason @ PSB said...

That's cool and I respect that. I will sample until the day I die. And if I ever get sued, I will take it as a compliment, LOL. Someone bigger than me heard my music and cared enough to sue me. But tomorrow I get to stay home all day and I am definitely planning on sitting down and giving SERIAL a proper listen.