Marcey Yates (Op2mus)

Music – Omaha, NE

Hip hop artist Marcey Yates, also known by his alter ego Op2mus, is changing the face of Omaha’s hip hop scene with his mix of raw talent, copious discography and a heavy dose of charisma. Yates graduated from The Conservative School of Recording Arts and Sciences in Arizona and has been featured in all major local media including Omaha Magazine and The Morning Blend. His double album Vanilla Sky and Social Studies was nominated as Local Album of the Year by the 2014 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards (OEAA) and he is currently nominated in the Best Hip Hop/Rap and Local Album of the Year categories for 2015. With a sound that can be described as expressive vinyl hip hop, Yates partially attributes his soulful vibe and sample­based production to his influences, including classics like Slum Village, Common, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Pete Rock, Kanye West, and J Dilla. True to the swagger that accompanies Yates on and off the stage, he knows that the music he’s making is of a high quality nature. Often found onstage donning his signature small backpack and red sneakers, Yates commands attention from his audience and carries that juneau se quois that keep fans fixated throughout his set. Yates is one of the hardest working people in the scene, if not evident by his involvement in the community and number of shows then by his extensive discography. As both an emcee and producer, Yates collaborates with others in a variety of capacities. In addition to his solo work, ...more