Omen 44 releases new album “Hentai”

Omen 44 (read: four-four) is an emcee, artist, promoter, and head of the Tokyo-NJ based label, The Plug International.

Originally from Kobe and now primarily living in New Jersey, Omen is one of the few promoters bring independent and underground hip-hop artists to Tokyo.

I first met Omen back in 2018 when he brought Skyzoo to Japan to perform his ” In Celebration of Us” album. Later I would met Omen while with El Da Sensei and then with Dj Illegal of the Snowgoons right before the Tokyo Coronavirus shut down.

Since the coronavirus has limited all opportunities for travel, it seems Omen has spent more time with the mic. Dropping the album “7” in early December and then “Hentai” right before the new year.

His newest project “Hentai” highlights his binary relationship between his Tokyo and New Jersey lifestyle.

True to the label name, Omen goes international for many of his features. Tapping emcees Planet Asia and Skyzoo from the US, Mega-G from Japan, Sicknature of the Snowgoons from Germany, and Fizzi Pizzi from France. Plus a variety of singers, djs and producers including the acclaimed, Kyo Itachi.

Often alternating between English and Japanese bars, there’s a consistent through line of homage to hip-hop culture and Omen’s relationship to the Supreme Mathematics.

Omen himself is a practicing member of the 5% Nation of the Gods and Earth. According to the Supreme Mathematics the number 4 represents “Culture Freedom.” Perhaps an intentional signifier for his approach to hip-hop and community.

Hentai is prime example of Hip-Hops global community and what happens when we come together in art.

“We don’t sell fishscales but teach how to fish on a large scale.”

You can find Hentai on all streaming services.
https://linkco.re/5ex9Rf93?lang=en

– Meg

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