HELLNBACK also known as Karmen Omeasoo is a member of the Samson Cree Nation - Maskwacis. This veteran of the music industry first gained international recognition as a founding member of the ground breaking group War Party, formerly known as Kool-ayd the Chubby Cree. Moving from his native Alberta to Winnipeg, Manitoba in the early 2000’s, Hellnback co-founded the popular and respected rap crew WARPARTY and was the main stable member with the group TEAM REZOFFICIAL. Also featured on A TRIBE CALLED RED’s offering, Suplex - EP, Hellnback has finally stepped into his own releasing solo projects, #FOE - Family over Everything and his most recent - #Fourteen91 – and he proves himself to be back with a vengeance, who scribes an intensely personal project. Throughout the refreshingly honest body of work, the artist not only bares scares but also celebrated the most important things in his life including integrity, community and most importantly, his family. With production from various collaborators and guest appearances from the likes of Drec, David Strickland, Def-I, Wake Self, Rhonda Head, Supaman, and Frank Waln to name a few, the album boasts 12 impressive records.
This most recent project is hip hop before colonialism where lyrics have been used as references by educators. An insight of storyline which shows growth and development as a solo artist while spreading a positive message about life experiences and struggles that Native American and Indigenous Peoples face. Also representing family values for 2015 and beyond – Hellnback’s return from the personal hells he has been through presents us with a wizened man. A man who has been battle hardened but still retains his heart. For all its credibility as a dope hip-hop record, #Fourteen91 is probably best described as an ode to overcoming the odds and finding your purpose in life. Sharing a personal experience that affects many First Nation communities relates to some of the situations our youth go through. With a learning understanding the values of what lies ahead is a form of motivation and inspiration that our generation need to give back. And in that, Hellnback presents us all with something to believe in.