Omillio Sparks
Still On It

sparks-1.jpgEight years ago, Omillio Sparks caught the biggest break of his career. After auditioning for Jay-Z, he and partner Oschino Vasquez were signed to hip-hop’s biggest label: Roc-A-Fella Records. Shortly after, he met fellow Illdaelph native and labelmate Beanie Siegel and within a year, Omillo guest starred on Jay’s “I Just Want To Love U, (Give It 2 Me)” from, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia. By 2001, Beanie Sigel had formed the Roc-A-Fella group off-shoot, State Property and recruited the Roc’s Philly artists to round out the roster. The move proved successful, producing two State Property movies, soundtracks and a clothing line. But in 2005, things turned sour after Beans a.k.a. Mac was sent to jail and Roc-A-Fella founders began to go their separate ways. Instead of seeing his career suffer, Sparks established Colossal Entertainment and is prepping the release of his debut album, The Payback this spring which features guest spots from his S.P. brethren. Phoning in with XXLMAG.COM, Sparks gives his take on the Roc’s breakup and questions why Jay-Z won’t return his calls.

Truthfully speaking, was everything at Roc-A-Fella all that it was cracked up to be?
It wasn’t all that it cracked up to be. It was smoke and mirrors. In the beginning it was all cool ’cause we was all young. You had Neef and them, they was 16, 17 [years-old] and Me and O was like 18, 20 [years-old] at the time. You straight from the ghetto, you meet Hov and next thing you know, you’re on TV. You got albums out, you’re on the road, so it was a rush. Everything was cool. Then we start blowin’ up. Then everybody wanting to know the business side of things. Me and O was doing our thing, but then O kept going to jail, getting locked up, so he couldn’t put nothing out. The Gunnas is dropping they thing, Freeway came did his thing, then the Roc-A-Fella break up come. Mac goes to jail, then there’s a bunch of bullshit going on.

Did you see it coming?
You knew there was some feuding going on but you didn’t know how deep it was. Switching of the studios you understood that [and] there was a separation between them. You didn’t see them together as much. So near the end you knew like, Damn, something bad gon’ happen. Then they tried to split the whole click up. We was like, “Whoa, we was State P, we making moves together!” I guess everybody was for theyselves after awhile.

Was there ever a time where you felt like you were being placed on the back burner?
At the end of the day you feel bitter about the whole situation, then you think about it, and it was like, Well OK, it’s business. You live and you learn. I don’t feel like I was placed on the back burner cause I got a lot of shit accomplished. I did the movies, I done put records out, I was on Mac album both of them, Free album, the Gunnas album. I did joints on the Dynasty album, so we made good moves.

Were you bitter about Roc-A-Fella not dropping your album?
Now that wasn’t they fault ’cause after Hot 9-7 and I did the “Give It To Me” thing, we was in position, ’cause we was about to drop a joint called “On and Poppin’.” That was Hov and Beyonce shit. That’s what they wanted to put out. But Oschino, every year man, Oschino be locked the fucked up. Every time we bout to buss a move, O’s booked. We a group. I can’t really make a move. I need my partner. He come home again, next thing you know, boom, he booked again. Its like, O stay out of trouble or play your part and stop getting caught!

How’s your relationship now with Beanie Mac and the rest of the State Property members?
We [Beanie Sigel] kick it. I holla at Chris and Neef a lot. I seen O couple weeks ago. At the end of the day it was business. Even if you did something wrong and I wasn’t on top of my game, I can look back at it as business ’cause I run my own company now, Colossal Entertainment and we putting our own thing out. We got distribution on the table right now, so it’s a good thing. You did what you did and now we moving on, I’m a grown man now. When I came into the game, I was young, naive, ain’t know better and was having fun. We was making moves and all of the partying outweighed the business.

Do you think Siegel going to jail affected the overall chemistry of the crew?
I think so ’cause they put him as the head. So, if he not there to negotiate what happens next, it’s a bad situation. And once you down, nobody can stop making their moves. Chris and Neef dropped they album, I guess he was upset about that and everybody started making they own moves. Because it was like, nobody can’t nobody sit around and wait for no man to come home when they got mouths to feed, so you gotta make moves.

From the outside looking in, it seemed as if you guys were in a bad space.
I was cool. I ain’t have to do that. I had niggas in position. When you literally got to go back to the block, that’s bad business. You don’t see Sparks back on the block—unless I’m going to visit somebody. I don’t got to do that shit no more.

sparks-2.jpgOh, so you were comfortable?
If you look on the back of the State Property album, you see K. Johnson. That’s my government. I did a lot of writing. I did the movie thing. So I had stuff coming in from that, and then I had boys that was in position, if something happed to me, I was straight.

In addition, you were in State Property clothing ads and even in three Roc-A-Fella films. Did you get compensated for those?
Yeah, no doubt. I get my acting skills checked. With the movie thing it’s different from the music ’cause it’s like, if you do a couple S.A.G.S. then you go into the union. I just finished another movie with Freeway called What We Do. That put me in a good position.

So you’re a S.A.G. member now?
Almost. I’m almost there. I got one more and I’m working. Music is my passion plus I talk that shit, so its only right that I bring it to the forefront.

But do you feel like Jay should’ve automatically extended his arm to you?
You know what? I feel like, on some real shit, for the things we did, it’s only right. From my perspective as a nigga, if I put that kinda work in for somebody, you gotta look out. If you put soldiers out in the field, and they lose a leg or something they [get] the Purple Heart and shit like that. They get they veterans check, you feel me? These are people that put theyselves on the forefront. They frontline, lost legs and shit like that, and put theysleves in position for you, and at the end of the day you say, fuck ‘em.

Have you been in contact with Dame or Jay?
I haven’t talked to Dame. Reached out to Hov. In fact, we bumped heads a few times. Went up to the office a while go and hollered at TyTy. But not recently. He a busy man, too. I tried to get him to clear the record, “It Aint’ My Fault,” so I don’t know what he up to right now.

Do you think he’s giving you the runaround?
We tried to get it cleared and he ain’t want to clear the record. I don’t understand. It’s business. I would like to see him and ask, “What? You don’t like the record?” I want to talk to him and look him in his face ask, “What’s up?” We had a deal for that record, change for it up front. All he had to do was clear it—call downstairs and clear the record.

So if he were reading this now, what would you want to say?
Clear the record man! Clear the muthafuckin’ record man! Don’t stop my bread. Fuck, what for?! That’s all. You up!

  • http://iwillspankyourkids.blogspot.com Hollywood

    1st!- clear the record Hov!! let my man eat-the world’s been desperately waitin’ for that Omillio solo, dammit.
    good article, very informative

  • that dude

    Omillio, Omillio

  • mannyworld33

    IT’S YOUNG SPARKS FROM THA’ BACK BLOCK PLAYA’ WHERE THE GRAMS GET SLUNG!

  • L.B.C

    i like this nigga but hov is a bitch i don’t like him

  • http://www.soulink.net SOUL INK

    damn all this ish is coming full circle back to jay

  • TrillGates

    Can’t really blame J he was a pawn back then now he the boss. Get your hustle on O.

  • Miami Monica

    Omillio the TRUTH! I love you baby! ;-)

  • pito

    Love sparks, that’s a real nigga was in wit his fam an on those tle of a hustlers off beans albums he came off the best so hov
    Clear the motherfuckin record

  • LANDIGGY

    Man jay-z is a bad business man and a worst friend I cant beleive all these people are making this stuff up.He’s all about the dollar jay clear the record it won’t hurt you one bit.I guess he’s to black for you to do something for.Ha I know you partnered with a company that made its money from the slave trade you a UNCLE TOM.

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  • http://XXL Big Gee

    Sparks the truth.. Respect the mans hustle… He should be able to get his record cleared.

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    Sparks the truth

  • john cochran

    O aint really the best lyricist, but I always messed with him (Philly stand up). It seems like somewhere down the line Hov start doing business like a cracker. You know, smiling all in ya face and dont give two shits about you. Thats how these honkys be when you try to get a job or apply for a loan. Brothas cant neva come up and still show love, they get dough and start acting like they not black no more. Anyway, much love to O and Imma cop up when it drop. 1

  • Lastgreat1

    Damn Jay, say it ain’t so

  • PoppaHot1

    It’s just business people…

  • WATCHyaSELF

    jiggas rich ass is tryna stop sparks cashflow, ay jigga u a grimey fuckin nigga man.

  • Yun

    It certainly is JUST BUSINESS, cause Jay don’t look out for nobody for himself, and maybe his lil sidekick Memphis Bleek..

  • fuck a n9ne to 5ive

    daim why y’all niggas acting like bitchie’s man, dude did not say jay is ignoring him man they jus haven’t sat down and talked in a while every body is bussy with they own shit right now jay got plenty to do at def jam and shit maybe if y’all broke asses where bussy y’all would not be talking bullshit.

  • WATCHyaSELF

    okay n9ne to 5ive, stop talkin tuff over the computer ya pussy, sparks strait up said he aint tryna clear the record, and i kno i got more money than u so slow down bitch!!

  • PACKMAN

    U ready B!! Let’s go get em!

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  • jharp

    yeah i fucked with them SP niggas. They was the ROC to me!! Both of the sp albums was classics! thats just me.

  • http://NONE KILLA BLACK

    I feel Omillio, hes a real dude, but hes right, its all business,but Jay should clear that song for him, it wont hurt jay to do that,but we dont know why he wont either. But i know if he heard my shit he would clear my joints (myspace.com/blu-black)

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    Omillio Sparks. who the fuck is this dude.

  • RoneBlack

    I remember all that shit back in 2001 and 2002 jay had them niggas all on the radio freestylin and comin at nas and jaz-o and shit. Now he won’t clear the record that’s fucked up!!!! I’m a real jigga fan too I mean FAN. But Damn Jigga clear the fuckin record man clear the mothafuckin record

  • AEROSTATLE

    Bottom line is if you dumb asses listen to the song it is “TRAAAAAASH” and Hov don’t want his name associated with garbage! Point blank period! So stop callin Hov a Bitch! it’s called Business…You just can’t let every TOM/DICK and Harry use your voice when it’s traasHHHH! Now if you listen to T.I.’s “Bring em out”, Classic (Sample cleared) and Cassidy’s “I’m a Hustler” Classic(samle cleared) so you dumb youngins that don’t understand anything just shut up and be a fan. Hov clearly knows what he is doing……

  • http://www.myspace.com/youngcaine Caine

    I fuck wit Omillio, but Oschino is my nigga shawty. ‘Member dis…

    Niggas can’t hurt O/ O shit blazin’/O been in hospital beds/Been in cages/O got bullet wounds/stab wounds/ Abrasions/Multiple contusions/Da boy not losing/Da boy don’t complain/He just keep it movin’…

    Now dat shit was fire! Sparks, hook back up wit yo folk mane.

    Caine – Richmond, VA

  • Noah/Roc

    O’ yo continue doin ya thing nah’mean! You made State Property2 the sickes movie to me. All ya captions were the hottest gulliest and all that aiight. Keep gettin ya hustle on no matter how girly bois get aiight ~EASY~

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    hov give them nigs a chance2eat thas brooklyn

  • El Pollo Locco

    yo me alive in mozambique man Africa you know… I saw st.p2 you are a genius man.i love jay but… you know

  • TATOR

    Don’t do it like that Hov!

  • Snakeyez

    As a big Jay fan I gotta tell him like I tell my nephews “Everybody ain’t lieing on you!” Dude I am a big supporter but don’t make my job so hard. I loved State Prop Chain Gang man them dudes had a sound that very different from what was coming out that’s why they didn’t go plat cause there sound wasn’t polished and shiny it’s gutter and grimy. Sparks still won’t go plat with the record jay but it could help the guy sell a hundred thou or so don’t hate, help. 1.

  • MARIO

    NAW, YAW STUPID CAUSE SPARKS WANTED TO GO WITH DAME DASH WHEN THE ROC BROKE UP. HE SAID THAT HE WAS SIGNED TO DAME DASH MUSIC GROUP WHEN ASKED BY THE HOT BOYS OF POWER 99 FM IN PHILADELPHIA EVEN THOUGH JAY Z SIGNED HIM. HE SHOWED DISLOYALTY TO JAY Z AND SLANDERED HIM ON RADIO IN PHILADELPHIA. I GUESS HE THOUGH THAT NO ONE WAS GOING TO TAPE WHAT HE SAID ON POWER 99 FM AND LET JAY Z HEAR IT. PEEDI NEEF AND FREEWAY WERE THE ONLY ONES THAT WANTED TO STAY WITH HOV. CHRIS WANTED TO SIGN WITH DAME BUT NEEF DIDNT GET ALONG WITH DAME. NOW THAT DAMES SITUATION HAS FOLDED SPARKS WANTS JAY Z TO LOOK OUT FOR HIM. SPARKS IS WASHED UP. I KNOW CAUSE I GOT HIS MIXED CD. HE DOESNT HAVE A BUZZ IN PHILLY. AN ARTIST HAS TO CREATE THEIR OWN BUZZ IN THEIR CITY. HE HAS NO SONGS ON THE RADIO NOR DOES HE HAVE ANY RADIO REMIXES. FREEWAY, PEEDI, GILLY, JOEY JIHAD, AND REED DOLLAS HAVE FREESTYLES/UNOFFICIALS ON THE RADIO IN PHILLY. SPARKS GOT TO FAT. HE BETTER LOOSE SOME WEIGHT AND STOP ACTING AND LOOKING SO COMFORTABLE. YOU SEE MOST OF THEM WANTED TO GO WITH DAME BECAUSE WITH JAY OUT OF THE EQUATION THEY WOULDNT BE IN HIS SHADOW. I HEARD THIS FROM SPARKS MOUTH. HE SAID SOME DISRESPCTFULL SHIT.

  • MARIO

    NAW, YAW STUPID CAUSE SPARKS WANTED TO GO WITH DAME DASH WHEN THE ROC BROKE UP. HE SAID THAT HE WAS SIGNED TO DAME DASH MUSIC GROUP WHEN ASKED BY THE HOT BOYS OF POWER 99 FM IN PHILADELPHIA EVEN THOUGH JAY Z SIGNED HIM. HE SHOWED DISLOYALTY TO JAY Z AND SLANDERED HIM ON RADIO IN PHILADELPHIA. I GUESS HE THOUGH THAT NO ONE WAS GOING TO TAPE WHAT HE SAID ON POWER 99 FM AND LET JAY Z HEAR IT. PEEDI NEEF AND FREEWAY WERE THE ONLY ONES THAT WANTED TO STAY WITH HOV. CHRIS WANTED TO SIGN WITH DAME BUT NEEF DIDNT GET ALONG WITH DAME. NOW THAT DAMES SITUATION HAS FOLDED SPARKS WANTS JAY Z TO LOOK OUT FOR HIM. SPARKS IS WASHED UP. I KNOW CAUSE I GOT HIS MIXED CD. HE DOESNT HAVE A BUZZ IN PHILLY. AN ARTIST HAS TO CREATE THEIR OWN BUZZ IN THEIR CITY. HE HAS NO SONGS ON THE RADIO NOR DOES HE HAVE ANY RADIO REMIXES. FREEWAY, PEEDI, GILLY, JOEY JIHAD, AND REED DOLLAS HAVE FREESTYLES/UNOFFICIALS ON THE RADIO IN PHILLY. SPARKS GOT TO FAT. HE BETTER LOOSE SOME WEIGHT AND STOP ACTING AND LOOKING SO COMFORTABLE. YOU SEE MOST OF THEM WANTED TO GO WITH DAME BECAUSE WITH JAY OUT OF THE EQUATION THEY WOULDNT BE IN HIS SHADOW. I HEARD THIS FROM SPARKS MOUTH. HE SAID SOME DISRESPCTFULL SHIT.

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    Jay-z is really letting dis king shit err body talking bout get to his head..YOU GOT BIG OFF OTHERS SHIT!!! O betta get his shit together dude to hard to be gay-z..plus he don’t do shit wit his nigga’s dat why dey leaving his ass…Jay let em go and err body else who don’t wanna be in yo kingdom…Russel you fucked up giving def jam to dat dude…MUHAHAHAHA!

  • MR. Know IT All

    Ay Mario, know what the fuck you’re talking about before you start runnin your joe familiar ass mouth. Yeah it helps if you got hometown support, but other than G D K who the fuck outside of the surrounding area know them other niggaz you talking about. AND THATS NO DISRESPECT TO THEM. FYI you dumb muthafukka,whether Sparks wanted to go with Dame or not he still wrote and performed the hook to one of Jays biggest singles(i just wanna love you) and now the nigga got his OWN label making moves. Bottom line the nigga aint asking Hov to feed him. A producer came with the track, the nigga liked it and rocked to it. Jay coula cleared the sample just off G P. He aint stopping shit and neither are hatin ass niggaz like ya self. Get off Jay dick and support the home team.Oh yeah last time I checked Sparks was five foot four and 145 pounds, yuo must be a skinny bitch if thats what you call fat. And Aerostatle, you better believe if T I wasnt an established nigga wit bread that record wouldn’t have been cleared either. Same thing wit the Cassidy record, that was cause of Swizz Beats. Not cause Jay considered those records to be classics. Bottom line niggaz only wanna fuck witcha when ya on.

  • MR. Know IT All

    Ay Mario, know what the fuck you’re talking about before you start runnin your joe familiar ass mouth. Yeah it helps if you got hometown support, but other than G D K who the fuck outside of the surrounding area know them other niggaz you talking about. AND THATS NO DISRESPECT TO THEM. FYI you dumb muthafukka,whether Sparks wanted to go with Dame or not he still wrote and performed the hook to one of Jays biggest singles(i just wanna love you) and now the nigga got his OWN label making moves. Bottom line the nigga aint asking Hov to feed him. A producer came with the track, the nigga liked it and rocked to it. Jay coula cleared the sample just off G P. He aint stopping shit and neither are hatin ass niggaz like ya self. Get off Jay dick and support the home team.Oh yeah last time I checked Sparks was five foot four and 145 pounds, yuo must be a skinny bitch if thats what you call fat. And Aerostatle, you better believe if T I wasnt an established nigga wit bread that record wouldn’t have been cleared either. Same thing wit the Cassidy record, that was cause of Swizz Beats. Not cause Jay considered those records to be classics. Bottom line niggaz only wanna fuck witcha when ya on.

  • MR. Know IT All

    Just in case some slick shit follows, I know Peedi and Freeway are known.On some real shit Philly need to stand up and remember we got some of the best niggaz to do this rap shit!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KESHA

    YOU R THE MOST FUCKING SEXY ASS MAN I LIKE YOUR STYLE AND HOW U CARRY YOURSELF KEEP THAT SHIT UP.

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  • G. Boogie

    omillio you need to stop fuckin with those anything-ass bitches and come get with me, have you ever fell in love with a “G”?

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    OMILLIO! SPARKS WE see u! Kept doin ya thing! KENSINGTON and TIOGA holdin u down! NORTH PHILLY 19134!