COMING FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS is an understatement for OMB Bloodbath. Growing up in Houston’s historic Third Ward, it’s safe to say that the emcee has support from the city – enough to get the artist recognized by some major players.
“It's overwhelming but it's also a really good feeling because I know a lot of people watched me grow up. For them to see my growth and where I’m at now, it’s an amazing feeling,” Bloodbath says.
Entering into the world of music with a grassroots approach, the eclectic emcee followed Houston’s forefathers and pursued the road of being an independent artist. However, it wasn't until she joined the Atlanta-based imprint Love Renaissance Records, that she saw differently. Working with Love Renaissance, [LVRN] Bloodbath joins a lineup ofmainstream artists including BRS Kash, 6lack, and Summer Walker.
“Houston is a real out-the-trunk type of city. Everyone who came before us musically was really just selling CDs out of the trunk of their cars and became millionaires, but I got a lot of places independently... the team that I have 一 it’s like a machine behind me, an unstoppable force.”
With a new label in tow, the rapper has already managed to have a successful 2021, working with fellow Houston performers like Ken The Man, OG Chase B, and Maxo Kream. She was also featured in Rolling Stone’s 2021 Hot Issue this June.
The "Only My Brothers" (OMB) moniker signifies the deep-rooted family in which her masculinity becomes a nonfactor in the eyes of her loyal followers. Truly set apart from other rappers in the music industry, Bloodbath serves as hip-hop’s anomaly. Her effortless flow makes her raps conversational — if you’re not paying attention, a few metaphors might go over your head.
The Houston native most recently released, Blood Sample on July 13– an EP dedicated to the city she calls home. The project, which is only 5 tracks in length, only enlists one feature from Louisville rapper EST Gee, on “Not Gang.” Naming it “Blood Sample” serves as a double entendre — the project title is a play on her stage name 'Bloodbath,' but stands as a predecessor ahead of her debut album release.
“There’s nothing like listening to a body of work and seeing what an artist has been up to,” Bloodbath explains. “I feel like singles are good to jam in the clubs or on the radio, but as far as people that are really fans, and really want to hear what you’ve got going on, it’s always good to give them a little something. Something to hold them over until the album drops.”
Following the release of her debut EP, Bloodbath has been hosting charitable events in the city. To celebrate the release of Blood Sample, the artist held an Everybody Learns Summer Kamp, where students of all ages learned about the food and entertainment industry, as well as her annual "Everybody Eats" food festival and a Back to School drive.
“I feel like I’m one of those artists in the city that everyone is really rooting for,” Bloodbath tells Houstonia, explaining how much support she feels. “It especially hits home when people from the neighborhood see me and say ‘I see ya Blood! You really out here.”
Working alongside mainstream artists like 6lack and Summer Walker, the “For Me” performer finds herself constantly surrounded by Platinum and Gold RIAA plaques in the studio, and exclaims it won’t be long before she receives her first one.
"I know the city will go crazy for me once I receive my first one," she says laughingly.
"Blood Sample" is available for listening across all streaming platforms.