In a world where Hip-Hop is clouded with “making it rain” and excessive “thugged out” stories, a ray of sunshine shines brightly. That ray of light is Ellicott City’s caped crusader, Tech Omega. Tech amalgamates all facets of Hip-Hop in his music, holding the titles of both emcee and producer. Tech Omega is on the verge of dominating the underground with his unmatched wordplay and lyrical skill.
Tech Omega teams up with fellow Ellicott City representative Kemo on “Call Me”, a track dedicated to last night’s conquest. Tech gives listeners the play by play of this encounter with that special woman of the moment. The story ends in a humorous way as Tech happened to be interested in the young lady, but couldn’t find her telephone number the next day. The Al Green laced beat compliments Tech’s voice, creating pure bliss for the eardrums.
On “Kicks, Girls and Life”, Tech gets personal with the listeners as he describes his world in three words, Kicks, Girls and Life. Tech drops positive gems as he spits:
“Yeah I work a hard job, it don’t pay that much/ But money adds up, when you value every buck/ I suggest you invest in a future with knowledge/ Cause you’ll make more money from a four year college.” The track is filled with numerous life accounts to include breaking up with a love interest and losing his grandmother. Tech opens up the door to his soul, welcoming us all into his world.
If you thought that Tech Omega’s rhyming skills only pertained to kicks, girls and life, then you may want to press rewind and take a closer listen. On “Lively Struggle”, Tech borrows an instrumental from Joell Ortiz and completely obliterates those artists who are destroying Hip-Hop (G-Unit, Lil’ John and Lil’ Scrappy to name a few). You can hear the frustration and pain in his voice as he defends his love for the ailing art form and mutilates the English language by stating: “Tried to keep my life right, but I’m not the sober type/ All I know is how to hold a knife and roll the dice/My shawty looking like damn ” I thought I told ya twice?”/ It takes time to change I work and grind over nights.” The police just put out an APB for Tech for killing the mic.
The only time where Tech falters a bit is when he tries his hand at singing on the lyrically fortified “Relationships”. Tech flips rhymes about the love of his life and his plans to keep her by his side. The song would be classic if the singing were absent. His talents as a producer and an emcee are clear, but singing is something that he needs to work on.
To be honest, mainstream media outlets force-feed listeners pure garbage. Tech Omega provides a great alternative to the daily hodgepodge of trash that we intake from 106th and Park. His infectious beats and commanding use of the English language will keep his material in heavy rotation. In music’s defining moments, there are three words that clearly define Tech Omega, Real Hip-Hop.