"I turn the haters in the crowd into fans, dude!" (Sparrow)
english (San Francisco, USA)
formerly known as Oh Blimey www.ohblimeymusic.com
When I got to meet Oh Blimey and see her perform here in Berlin, I was amazed at two things foremost: First, the way she looks and appears so much the same, like, as the exact same person I ‘know’ from the music videos and interviews. How can a person be this present, this real, and authentic? “When there lies so much passion behind it, you got no other choice, but be it.” she states when I asked her, how she gets to channel all of herself to the very surface as a performer and into her music, as a voice. And this presence does not seem to be about self-expression and performance only. Once you talk to her you feel a certain attentiveness, a ‘being in the moment and listening’ which is actually quite rare among performers. Back on stage she addresses her crowd with the same attitude, and that is just beautiful.
What amazed me on a second level while seeing her perform live on stage are her abilities and skills as an MC. Boi, is she good. She’s on point and her delivery is as clear as clean water. Not one syllable swallowed, every word pronounced to the last letter – makes you understand the lyrics even if you just heard them for the first time. So, as a rapper Oh Blimey is just heavyweight. Uh, no, you better believe me: the idea that this attribute might be related to her appearance only occurred to me as a second thought. And you know what? As a personal preference I actually am into big girls. And she is big: big in the game that they call battle rap. Which means: Oh Blimey handles her mouth well, is not afraid of serious language and knows how to align words resulting in a proper punch – no violence needed: “I got them white girl lines but no cocaine / I make verses kill themselves – Cobain” (Sparrow)
On her way through the market, aiming at a more sustaining frame for her musical career she doesn’t forget to cultivate her relations and cooperative bonds with the right people, like Gavlyn, Snow Tha Product, Micatron, and G.L.A.M. About Gav she states: “I am really grateful for what she does for me, I mean, holding her neck out for me and take that risk. …and I feel like I am a risk.” Why? “Because I am the opposite of Hip Hop. … Hip Hop tells me, it’s supposed to be male, it’s supposed to be black, and heterosexual and I am not, so…” Yo. If you ask me, standing up for yourself, being yourself against all odds, raising your voice for others and being this attentive and assertive to the struggle of others is what Hip Hop is about. Not the categories, but the empowerment. period.
In fall ’14 Oh Blimey put out her first longplayer, MNFSTO, walking on a solid and sometimes bold production representing her ways and path up here. The writing and delivery are a lot, so for her it will be about how to wrap up her abilities in the future as it is more than clear she has what it takes! Her first Album is due like tomorrow or some days after. Until then I recommend to make use of your spare time to track Blimey’s past a bit and understand what she is building on, not to cut off her roots in the grounds of the battle-field, perception-wise.
MNFSTO (mxtp, October 2014):
2. So Vibes ft. Mia Coleman
3. Sharks ft. Daniel Crook
4. Cllin Kaep
5. Money Talks
6. Retail ft. Peoples
8. Note To The Haters
9. #Ew ft. Gavlyn
12. Lost and Found ft. A-1 and Olivia Braga
13. Oh My
14. my Hippy Shit
(with Gavlyn) Dodgy EP (2016):
3. George Clooney
5. Whip Dip Cherry
+ all Instrumentals
(featuring Olivia Braga) Sparrow (March 2013):
Make It Pop (November 2013):
(featuring Hazel Rose) Center Stage 2.0 (June 2014):
(featuring Gavlyn) #EW (August 2014):
(featuring MicahTron) Bassface (December 2014):
(with Gavlyn & Scratch Bandits Crew) Do It Do It (June 2015):
Oh My / #Tour Europe (August 2015):
Old Habits (Jun 2016):
(with Gavlyn) Adios (Sept 2016):
(with Gavlyn) Timezones (O 2016):
Ask Forgiveness (Jan 2017):
(featuring Bobby Bucher) Tollbooth (March 2017):
freestyle, live and else:
TeamBackpack’s Mission Underground Cypher with Street Life and VI Seconds (August 2014):
The Cypher Effect with Blimey, Lana Shea, GermFree, Ashley Dominique, and Medusa (2014):
“PMS is in the building!”: Grind Time Now presents the Looney Divine vs Oh Blimey, San Francisco, 2011:
enthuzed magazine took some time to compose a portray and quite thorough introduction/interview with Oh Blimey in two chapters. May 2014. definitely worth reading through – click part 1, part 2 and njoy the storrytelling of a fresh MC on her way from the battle ground to the business class.
“Assumptions are one of the most unhealthy things that someone could have” Low Cali Hip Hop, S1E1, interview and bars with Gavlyn and Oh Blimey, Venice Beach, 2014.