Omen (record producer)

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Background information
Birth nameSidney Brown
Also known asOmen
Born (1976-08-21) August 21, 1976 (age 43)
OriginHarlem, New York, United States
GenresHip hop, R&B
Occupation(s)Record producer
InstrumentsKeyboard, drum machine, sampler
Years active1999–present
LabelsElaborate Musik Recordings / Weerai Music Company, LLC
Associated actsDrake, Ludacris, Fabolous
WebsiteOfficial Twitter

Sidney Brown (born August 21, 1976), better known as Omen is an American music producer from Harlem. He has produced for artists such as Drake, Beyoncé, Action Bronson, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Fabolous, Vado, Memphis Bleek, Redman, Keith Murray, Immortal Technique, and Amil.

Early life and career[edit]

Omen's production was featured on early Roc-A-Fella releases by Memphis Bleek and Amil. Omen produced "Everybody" from Memphis Bleek's debut album Coming of Age and "No 1 Can Compare" from Amil's debut album All Money Is Legal.

Further placements include "Change Your or Change Me" and "Why Wouldn't I" from Fabolous's Street Dreams, "Taste This" from Mýa's Mood Ring, and "Swagga Back" from Keith Murray's Def Jam debut He's Keith Murray.

Omen also provided the entire score for the Roc-A-Fella/Universal Pictures release Paper Soldiers in 2002.

Commercial breakthrough and Grammy award[edit]

In 2006 Omen produced "Tell It Like It Is" for Ludacris which appeared as the b-side to the single "Money Maker." "Tell It Like It Is" was featured on Ludacris's double album Release Therapy, which won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, thus earning Omen his first Grammy award and certificate.

Omen was also featured on Redman's Red Gone Wild album, producing the song "Soopaman Luva 6" which featured Hurricane G.

Thank Me Later[edit]

Through Omen’s collaborations with Canadian music producer Noah "40" Shebib, he was introduced to Drake who recorded the song "Shut It Down" [1] featuring The-Dream, for his highly anticipated album Thank Me Later.

Further co-production with Noah "40" Shebib led Omen to co-produce Lil Wayne’s "I'm Single" featured on No Ceilings. The video for "I'm Single" premiered on MTV2 on April 18th, 2010.[2] "I'm Single" was also released on iTunes on May 11th, 2010.[3] I'm Single was officially released on Lil Wayne's I'm Not A Human Being album, which reached #1 on the Billboard 200.[4]

Production credits[edit]