The Philly rap scene lives in its own bubble. From the flow to the beats, the artists that are coming out of the Philly underground have curated their own genre. One of the dopest and most renowned producers gaining major clout from this territory is Oogie Mane.
More commonly stylized as OOGIE MANE, the young producer is known around Philly as a leader of the Working On Dying collective. Along with other producers F1lthy, Forza, Brandon Finessin and The Loosie Man, the collective has tagged their music with their own genre of trap titled “tread.” These beats are usually dark, fast paced, and easily manipulated. Oogie has described his style as “scary,” meaning “it can go anywhere and very far.” The collective doesn’t like to tie themselves down, as the production can be sporadic and energetic, which allows the beats to combine with the lyrics in an uncommon but satisfying fashion.
After five years in the game, Oogie Mane has already gotten the opportunity to produce for some of his favorite artists and groups, including: WifiGawd, Goth Money Records, Dizzy Santana, CHXPO, Lil Yachty, 5 Finger Posse, Lil Tracy, Lil Uzi Vert, and most recently, MattOx. Out of all the artists Oogie has worked with, the most notable production credits can be found on hit songs such as Future and Juice WRLD’s “Wrld on Drugs” and Drake’s “I’m Upset.”
Trap music as a genre is becoming a jumping off point for new producers to experiment with new beats and sounds. Tread will one day become a commonplace sub-genre of trap music and will be picked up by bigger name artists. Oogie Mane is only starting to gain recognition amongst popular record labels and will likely bring his style into the mainstream within the next few years.