Monday, November 2, 2009

tour of indonesia and singapore

yeh man. was absolutely awesome. felt like i had something to prove, that i wasn't just a novelty for the old, rich folk to bandy about, that i am as good a written poet as i am an MC. and i think i did that. big tings coming your way in the form of my up coming full length album

met some amazing people in indonesia. thankfully the wankers avoided me. or maybe i'm the wanker and the cool people avoided me haha.

you ought to check out the following people's work if you haven't already:

antony loewenstein- my israel question
andrew mcmillan- an intruder's guide to east arnhem land

i loved ubud, bali, and the insane luxury i was living in. borobudur was truly beautiful and up there with tikal and macchu piccu as one of the most beautiful ancient monuments i've seen in person. however, my favourite place was makassar. got to meet high schoolers and uni students who showed a lot of love to the first rapper they'd ever seen! indonesian people were so open to me. up there with my favourite countries in the world, along with guatemala, bolivia, vietnam and the solomon islands.

so have you seen these BET cyphers? i think it's pretty hard to decide who was the best out of mos def, black thought, eminem and joe budden, but i'd lean towards eminem. mr marshall mathers can't help but steal the show, can he?

hope you're all good out therrrrre. i'll be in melbourne and darwin soon if anyone wants to hang.

-obm

Sunday, October 25, 2009

maybe i should start this shit up again....

hmmm...
like masta ace, i got a lot to say.
this is oh so much better than twitter, but more time consuming...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

this is actually really good

i'm not the biggest 50 cent fan, but holy shit, this is pretty insane.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

laura festival



was an amazing aboriginal dance festival in cape york where all these different communities came together to share their stories and dances. it was truly amazing, especially being there with my closest friends, and a memory i think ill cherish forever. my two friends bruce and john danced with the aurukun dancers, and i think this is a mad photo of them. i was going to dance with aurukun, but felt a bit scared haha. next time, next time.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

BRAD STRUT

brothers and sisters, i'm back from aurukun, cape york. we caught many barramundis, sharks, shot many pigs and ducks and saw heaps of local dancing. my home away from home.

SO. i met the legendary brad strut in london when i was living over there. he was a very intelligent guy who seemed to be sizing me up most of the time. i truly think that he is the best australian rapper and i can't wait til the day that i can pit my skills up against his on a track. that would be some crazy pyrotechnics right there.

many of my friends would testify that i have been going through some dark times lately, and really questioning whether i am cut out for this music biz. it is a harsh game that sometimes feels like a trapdoor to a well of shadows, and i am trying to figure out if i should make my full length album my debut and finale at the same time and then end there. in times like this what you often need is a ray of light into the gloom and that ray for me right now is brad strut's song "believe". this is the realest, most inspiring piece of hip-hop that i have come across this year, and i want to share it with you. love the bit where he plugs the headphones into the earth. amazing.

live from my new home sydney, omar bin musa

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

AURUKUN!

party people. you won't hear from me for a little while. i'm off to the laura dance festival and then aurukun, in cape york. can't wait. it is one of my favourite places in the world. hopefully we can get up to/see a little more of this:





Monday, June 15, 2009

2 x Lil Wayne Songs

this song proves that lil wayne can shred a beat like very few other rappers. i think people have somehow forgotten that he can actually rap. mental flow and too many notable quotables!



this song is one where he uses the dreaded autotune, but to great effect. it has this rad woozy feel and perfectly captures the feel of a one night stand.

new hot shit



so i saw that there were all sorts of fuckers kicking about at the bliss n eso concert the other night, something like 1500 people, all of whom, no doubt, were saying that they are massive oz hip-hop fans. don't get me wrong, i think B n E are rad, but it made me think, where the fuck are all these supposed oz hip-hop lovers at the local canberra hip-hop gigs?
sooooo, i'm gonna continue to bring you the hottest up and coming hip-hop australia has to offer. and today it's DAZED N FLAWLEZZ. coming with sick beats and thoughtful lyrics, dazed is a lad i went to school with (and is half-malaysian, yehhhhh boi!) and flawlezz is from my beloved hometown QBN. they are bringing the heat right now, and if my sources are informing me correctly are working on an LP. check them out here:

http://www.myspace.com/dazedflawlezz

make sure you also download their EP while you're there. "daydreams" and "all things good" are my favourites. oh yeah, the EP is 100% free- yessss.

-obm

Thursday, June 11, 2009

so much cool new shit

i told you about l fresh recently, the sikh street philosopher/rapper. continuing in that vein, i've found some awesome new australian hip-hop that might have gone under your radar. i was lucky enough to meet a spoken word poet/rapper at the sydney writers' festival called lesson mc. i think he's from brisbane. dude is fucken great. lyrics, flow, thoughts- the lot. he gave me a cd and i'm sorry i only just got to it now. check out "face the world" and "please resist me". rad shit.

http://www.myspace.com/lessonmc



so. now that your ears are nicely watered, here's a new clip from my brothers roshambo and d'opus, currently the biggest thing coming out of canberra hip-hop. they have an extra pimping new video, shot, if my local knowledge serves me correctly, at the hyatt hotel. they are making some rad music right now, and it's good to see some aussie hip-hoppers dressing nicely too. chuuuch. this was one of my favourite tracks off their last LP, so i'm glad they made a clip for it. check it ouuuuut:



ro is the one with the shiny head. d'opus is the one with the hairy face. haha

england

something i just figured out. no-one i ever met in england (other than non-english people) ever encouraged me with my music. they were ALWAYS negative, always horrible. especially at big dada and ninja tune records, where i worked for a while. now i know how my mother feels about the place. after a while, you DO get sick of being treated like an illiterate, unintelligent piece of shit because you're australian. you know what, england? you don't run this fucking world anymore. stop treating everyone like you do.

haha

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Canberra CD giveaway



I've been up night and day burning and printing CDs. Landspeed Records in Canberra has been kind enough to say that they'll give away Shrappers Mixtapes to everyone who buys a new Hilltop Hoods CD when it's released tomorrow. Go get both Canberra people.
Yess.

Oh, and of course, if you can't, then it's FREE online here:
http://www.mediafire.com/?gkt1zngm0oq

pure beauty









hands down the most beautiful type of mosaic- moroccan zelij. if i ever get rich, i will hire people to decorate my house in this fashion.

rad new interview with moi

http://verygood.com.au/

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

vaka moana exhibition

absolutely mind blowing. the ancestors of all pacific islanders developed means of water transport so advanced that they were able to populate the enormous pacific ocean, from PNG to Hawaii to New Zealand. this feat was by design, and definitely not by accident. these navigators were doing things in water navigation THOUSANDS of years ago that europeans only figured out a few HUNDRED years ago. i encourage any canberra people to check out the exhibition at the national museum. free entry. i love the way they arranged the exhibition: they have massive dugout canoes next to interactive video displays and religious artefacts etc to create what i think is the best, most accessible exhibition i've seen there. what a pity people don't think of the ingenuity of pacific history when they look at the pacific islands, instead merely seeing holiday resorts and failed nation states. this exhibition made me think that we need to re-think history, especially in australia. so often people point to aboriginal australians as drunks and useless bludgers, instead of seeing a population of people who have so much to be proud of, a resilient and creative people who thrived for thousands of years in the harshest climate in the world. john howard, i really hope history judges you as cruelly as you manipulated the australian people, for taking us backwards when what we most needed was progression. cunt.

haha, anyway, it's a rad exhibition. check it out.
-obm

rad monroe pic

L FRESH



...is a really talented lyricist from Sydney that I met doing a poetry show up there. He is wise beyond his years and I personally think could one day rise to being the greatest rapper in this country (hopefully a year or two after I do!). Get onto his conscious, intelligent music early. It really is a winner. Download his free "One Night Stand Mixtape" here. And if you don't, and he blows up as I hope he will, don't say the OBM didn't tell you...

http://www.l-fresh.com/downloads/ONSM09.zip

ps: in the pic, he is the one in the turban. the other one is a guy called chuck d. you may have heard of him already.

Monday, June 8, 2009

"i robs drug dealers"

as some of you might know, i don't really watch tv very often. however, my number one television show of all time is definitely "the wire." it really is a work of genius, a mixture of intense social commentary, amazing script writing and spot on characterisation. one of the saddest things in life for me is that i will never watch "the wire" again for the first time. props to yani for introducing me to it. if you've never seen it, do yourself a favour... and see it...

my top five characters are:

5) Snoop
4) Stringer Bell
3) Prop Joe
2) Bubbles
1) ... of course... OMAR!

george kraus- fountainhead



i'm pretty partial to black and white pics, and this one in particular is extremely dope. it somehow captures stillness and movement in one moment. i was reading a thing that said it combines the vitality of youth with a sense that it was almost a death mask. i love that wanky, paradoxial, duality type shit. haha

Friday, June 5, 2009

beautiful song and video

animation by lucy dyson. really, really lovely. her work is dope.

coast



i think i need to see the ocean. this weekend i'm gonna hit up the south coast. yessss!

i don't normally get like this, but...

...i just wanted to say a massive fuck you to every radio station who wouldnt play me, every label who wouldnt sign me, every snide friend, every person who dropped me from a song or tour, every rapper who wouldn't realise that i run circles around them, every so-called friend who could have helped me out and didn't.

that is all. i'll be cool tomorrow. haha
-omar

Thursday, June 4, 2009

my top 5 favourite dizzee rascal songs

1)Do It

2)Fickle

3)Sirens

4)Jezebel

5)I Luv You

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

"The Shrappers Mixtape" now available for FREE download!



Compadres,

More FREE music from me, for you. Another truly international mixtape full of smoothness, featuring talent from the UK, the USA, New Zealand, and of course, Down Under. "Shrappers" is Aussie slang for loose change, and I named the mixtape this because your boy Omar Musa makes world class music on the thinnest of shoestring budgets!

Track list:

1) Spaderwear (remix) feat. The Regiment
2) Indulge Me (remix) feat. David Dallas and Devolo
3) Shake 'Em Up (prod. by Geoff Stanfield)
4) Struggletown Spader (prod. by 2am Club)
5) Felicity
6) So Much to Me (remix) feat. 2am Club
7) Thankyou! feat. Jahnell
8) GO! (prod. by Absolute)

Beautiful pop art from Mr. Cole Bennetts. Download that shiiiit, chuck it in your Ipods, tell your friends to get it.

Click here to download "The Shrappers Mixtape":

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?gkt1zngm0oq

Much love, Omar

ps: If you want to buy some more of my music, The Massive EP is now available on ITunes! And keep watching the "Hemingway" video on http://www.vimeo.com/4878057

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

what a rad photo!



this took 26 attempts to get right... awesome

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Portishead - Mysterons (Roseland Live NYC)

at about 3:54 this descends into genius insanity...

Hemingway video up tomorrow!!



Wowwww. This is the big one! Are you ready?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

wooooow

this dude is bananas! so moving, so eloquent, such a good flow. everything most spoken word in australia doesn't have haha...

this is constantly changing, but...

my top five songs right now are:

1) Movements- Roots Manuva
2) My Darling- Eminem
3) Light My Fire- The Doors
4) Da Art of Storytelling (Part 1)- Outkast
5) Suspect- Nas

Honourable mentions: The End- The Doors, Wake Up Alone- Amy Winehouse, Say Hello- Jay-Z, U Don't Know- Jay-Z, Jezebel- Dizzee Rascal.

what a sweet voice! amazing

Monday, May 25, 2009

"relatively easy like jerry heller"

this old jay-z is nice. love the horns on the beat.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

hectic weekend in sydney

but loved every minute of it. thank you so much to those who came out to the shows in parramatta and at walsh's bay. it really went off. so inspiring. so what's next on the omar plate? hmmm. wellllll. finishing up this anthology i'm working on, getting out " the shrappers mixtape" that i just finished (up for free download soon!) and then, most exciting of all, the hemingway vid should be done by the end of the week!! so yeah, it's all massive.

thanks and much love,
omar

Thursday, May 21, 2009

bjork lovefest continued

Soft Sculpture exhibition @ NGA

This exhibition was the dictionary definition of radness. Ready made, accessible, visceral art. Canberra people- check it out. You know how damn broke I am, but I still shelled out the coin to buy a book about Lauren Berkovitz. Basically, she is a huge gangster. The piece below she made out of plastic bags.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

if you don't know, now you know...

this is how you put on a sarong...

rad music

portishead- dummy

massive attack- mezzanine

dizzee rascal- boy in da corner (is it just me or is this by a mile his best record??)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

(one) dictionary definition of...



lame (adj): Weak and ineffectual; unsatisfactory.

lameness (n): An affliction that far too many people suffer from.


haha

this is amazing! QBN bridge!

E.L.K. is my bro and one of the sickest stencil artists ever. Not only sick art but also in my favourite stomping ground. Check this ouuuuuut!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Madonna ft. Lil Wayne... HOLY SHIT!

holy hell.

http://www.kanyeuniversecity.com/blog/?em3106=232372_-1__0_~0_-1_5_2008_0_0&em3161=&em3281=

this is the sickest youtube clip ever

FREE MUSIC!



massive music. free. download it by clicking on link below. yesssss!

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?dzjygnmfkmm

-obm

the blog is back!



belated i know. but much love to those who came to my canberra "Massive EP" launch. it rocked the fuck out and i love you all. one of the best nights of my life.

i've been away for a little while, but here i am, the original queanbeyan spader himself!

things have been hectic and electric lately. many shows, many new poems, many new songs, many new ideas.

things are snowballing. this is a good thing.

-obm

novel i'm currently reading: blood meridian by cormac mccarthy.
poet i'm currently reading: pablo neruda
rapper i'm currently loving: k'naan