O.C. (rapper)

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O.C.
Birth nameOmar Credle
Born (1971-05-13) May 13, 1971 (age 48)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Years active1990–present
LabelsWild Pitch Records
Payday Records
JCOR Records
Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings
Mello Music Group
Associated actsOrganized Konfusion, Buckwild, Big L, DJ Premier, Jeru the Damaja, Freddie Foxxx, Showbiz, Lord Finesse, Nas, Guru, Ill Bill, Jay-Z, Cormega, Pete Rock, Sadat X, Ras Kass, Royce da 5'9"

Omar Credle (born May 13, 1971), better known by his stage name, O.C., is an American rapper and member of the group D.I.T.C., who has been involved with several renowned underground hip hop groups: Crooklyn Dodgers '95, Luv NY, Perestroika.

History[edit]

Recording career[edit]

Credle was born in Brooklyn, May 13, 1971,[1] and raised in the Bushwick section. O.C. cites legends like Kool G. Rap, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick as his main influences.[2] In 1991, he made his recording debut on Organized Konfusion's "Fudge Pudge",.[1] One year later he made an appearance on the remix of MC Serch's "Back to the Grill" (which also features a very young Nas) after meeting Serch on the inaugural Source tour. Following the tour, O.C. signed with Wild Pitch Records in 1994 where Serch was vice president.[2] O.C. also met Lord Finesse and Buckwild on the first Source tour, marking his introduction to the D.I.T.C crew. After the tour he connected with Buckwild and started recording a demo that would become his debut album Word...Life.[2]

By 1994, he finished the album Word...Life, which included everything from his demo, along with "Time's Up," the song that would go on to be his most notable single. "Time's up" was initially a record for Pharoahe Monch from Organized Konfusion.[2] Beyond a quick outro from Prince Po, Word...Life does not have any guest appearances. This was not by design, however, as Nas was supposed to be on the album but never showed up to the studio for the recording session.[2]

In 1997, O.C. signed to Pay Day Records,[1] where he released his second album Jewelz, featuring collaborations with DJ Premier, Da Beatminerz and Freddie Foxxx. The single "Far From Yours" peaked at #81 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it his highest charting single to date. O.C. is also known for his feature on the Clockers soundtrack as part of the Crooklyn Dodgers, which also featured rappers Chubb Rock and Jeru the Damaja on the now classic DJ Premier produced "Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers". This is however the only time the group has ever collaborated.

Ray's Cafe was released on Red Apples 45, a small label co-founded by A.G. and West. O.C. joined D.I.T.C. for their 2016 release Sessions which was preceded by the lead single "Rock Shyt".[3][4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album information
Word...Life
  • Released: October 18, 1994
  • Certification: None
  • Label: Wild Pitch/EMI Records
  • Singles: "Born 2 Live"/"Let It Slide", "Time's Up"/"Time's Up (Buckwild Remix)"
Jewelz
  • Released: August 19, 1997
  • Certification: None
  • Label: Payday/FFRR/PolyGram Records
  • Singles: "Far From Yours"/"My World", "Can't Go Wrong"/"Dangerous"
Bon Appetit
Star Child
  • Released: 2005
  • Certification: None
  • Label: Grit Records
  • Singles: -
Smoke and Mirrors
  • Released: 2005
  • Certification: None
  • Label: Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings
  • Singles: "Challenge Y'all" / "Guns And Butter"
Oasis w/ A.G.
  • Released: November 24, 2009
  • Certification: None
  • Label: Nature Sounds
  • Singles: -
Trophies w/ Apollo Brown
  • Released: May 1, 2012
  • Certification: None
  • Label: Mello Music Group
  • Singles: "Prove Me Wrong"
Ray’s Café w/ Ray West
  • Released: Jan 21, 2014
  • Certification: None
  • Label: Red Apples 45
  • Singles: "YMI"
Ray’s Café: The After Hours EP w/ Ray West
  • Released: November 11, 2014
  • Certification: None
  • Label: Red Apples 45
  • Singles: "After Hours"
Dive In w/ Debonair P
  • Released: December 9, 2015
  • Certification: None
  • Singles:
  • Label: Gentleman's Relief Records
Same Moon Same Sun
  • Released: January 30, 2017
  • Certification: None
  • Label: DITC Studios/Slice of Spice, LLC
  • Singles: "Serious"/"Good Man"
Perestroika w/ Apathy
  • Released: September 22, 2017
  • Certification: None
  • Label: Dirty Version Records
  • Singles: "Soviet Official" / "Live from the Iron Curtain" / "Globetrotters"
A New Dawn
  • Released: February 16, 2018
  • Certification: None
  • Label: DITC Studios/Slice of Spice, LLC
Opium
  • Released: October 22, 2018
  • Certification: None
  • Label: Hendrix St Records

Compilations[edit]

The Underground King

  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Next Mill Entertainment/Re-Up Recordings
  • Singles: -

Hidden Gems

  • Released: April 3, 2007
  • Certification: None
  • Label: Next Mill Entertainment
  • Singles: -

In Guud Taste

  • Released: 2008
  • Certification: None
  • Label: Next Mill Entertainment
  • Singles: -

O-Zone Originals

  • Released: September 21, 2011
  • Certification: None
  • Label: No Sleep Recordings
  • Singles: -

Luv NY

  • Released: July 24, 2012
  • Label: Ascetic Music
  • Singles: -

Appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bush, John "O.C. Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-06-19
  2. ^ a b c d e "Hip Hop Icon Series: O.C." Halftimeonline.net. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/rap-music/new-music/2016/09/d-i-t-c-sessions-lp-rock-shyt-fat-joe-lord-finesse-diamond-d/
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2016-10-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)