What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
From Omen's "Delayed" Mixtape Sampler.
I started out as an artist before I was producing. Once I got into making beats I would only write rhymes once in a while. After recording a warm up freestyle, I hit up Omen asking if he wanted to do a song. He was on a roll at the time, sending me tons of music and I wanted to latch onto his energy, he was being real productive. He sent me the sample and I did the beat pretty quickly – sent it as a “rough draft” but he really loved it. He was in Chicago and I was in New York, so we both wrote our verses without knowing what the other was writing about. Somehow it came together though. I knew Omen was gonna bring it so I couldn’t slack. The reactions I got were great so it ended up being the first step to my rededication to rapping. I’m currently working on a mixtape as an Artist and I definitely have Omen to thank for giving me the shot to kind of rediscover myself as an MC.
The most rewarding part about working with Omen was that he put confidence in me. As someone who is known primarily as a producer, it’s hard to break that stigma and gain respect as an artist. He is very picky with who he works with, so him allowing me the opportunity to not just produce a track for him but appear as a featured artist as well meant a lot. -Elite
StartYourOwnRebellion 'S.Y.O.R' - "Special"
StartYourOwnRebellion 'S.Y.O.R' - "I Know"
Playground is one of my favorites, me and Cole recorded that during the early stages of "The Warm Up" but it didn't fit in with the final track listing. It's a great song though, and I'm happy to finally let you all hear it! Holy Omen was featured on Omen's "Delayed" mixtape sampler, but it's my first real appearance on the mic, so I wanted to share it on this project as well. Expect a lot more of this in the future, and on my next mixtape (currently in progress) entitled "Elite That's Me". I also decided to finally release The Original Version of Shootouts. Now you can hear for your self how I removed the sample and completely reworked the beat! Enjoy!
Previously unreleased instrumentals to a lot of bangers that you may or may not have known I was responsible for. Plus 4 unreleased bonus tracks including "Playground" by J. Cole, "Silver Shadow" by DMX, "Holy Omen" by Omen feat. Elite and the ORIGINAL version of "Shootouts" by Jadakiss feat. Styles P! TOMORROW!
Major major major shouts to By Any Means, Blaqout Design and Redefine Boutique for the art direction/design/illustrations. They killed it!
1 Intro feat. Miri Ben-Ari *
2 Jadakiss feat. Styles P - Shootouts **
3 The Process
4 J. Cole - Heartache
5 Drag-On - Fireman
6 Jadakiss feat. Nas, Common, Styles P & Anthony Hamilton - Why (Remix)
7 Styles P feat. Jadakiss - Shots Fired
8 Joe Budden feat. Stack Bundles - Fight Muzik
9 Jim Jones feat. Hell Rell - Penetentary Chances
10 Kool G Rap feat. Canibus - Gun Ho City
11 Omen feat. Elite - Holy Omen
12 Juelz Santana & Jim Jones feat. Flashy - Let's Ride
13 Pack FM feat. Sean Price, Bad Seed, Copywrite Poison Pen & Session - Stomp (Remix)
14 DMX feat. Bazaar Royale - Wrong Or Right (I'm Tired) **
15 Jin - Peel Off
16 Drag-On - The Race
17 Elite - Feel It
18 Pack FM - I Can't Win
19 (Bonus) J. Cole - Playground *
20 (Bonus) DMX - Silver Shadow
21 (Bonus) Omen feat. Elite - Holy Omen Original Version
22 (Bonus) Jadakiss feat. Styles P - Shootouts Original Version
Tracks 1, 4, 12 & 22 Mixed by Juro "Mez" Davis
Tracks 2, 5-7, 15 & 16 Mixed by Dragan "Chach" Cacinovic
*Keys by Rich Spitzer
** Guitars and Additional Mixing by Hanan Rubinstein