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VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton rapper Lucas Hex releases debut single ‘Omen,’ announces album release show

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Following up the release of his hard-hitting “Sermons” EP in March, Scranton hip-hop artist Lucas Hex is premiering a bloody new music video for “Omen,” the debut single from his upcoming album “Blue Carolina,” exclusively on NEPA Scene.

Directed by Timmypricefilm and produced by Neighbour Beats, the video implies the same type of harsh imagery reflected in his aggressive lyrics.

Hex received national attention after releasing his first EP in the spring. “Sermons” featured collaborations with producer Nedarb Nagrom, who previously worked with Lil Peep, Ghostemane, Xavier Wulf, and Scranton’s own Wicca Phase Springs Eternal.

The rapper also toured the Northeast with national recording artist and former Volumes vocalist Michael Barr and New York artist Apache Chief in early 2018.

“Blue Carolina” will be available everywhere digital music is sold on Friday, Dec. 7, and an album release show will be held at the new music venue Stage West (301 N. Main Ave., Scranton) on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite. For the next week, advanced tickets can be purchased for $5 during a limited pre-sale offer. The price will jump to $10 next Monday.

“All of 2018 has been a slow buildup to the release of the ‘Blue Carolina’ full-length,” Hex explained. “We wanted to take our time, make sure everything was perfect, and put out the best quality product possible. It was important to build local and national buzz, which we think we achieved, and then drop this album as my official coming out party.”

Hex has plans to tour again in early 2019. Meanwhile, “Omen” is just the first in a series of videos that will be released to accompany the debut of “Blue October.”

“For those of you who were wondering, yes, ‘Blue Carolina’ is in fact a nod to Alkaline Trio,” Hex added. “Blue Carolina” is the name of the ninth track on the punk rock band’s 2003 breakout album “Good Mourning.”

Lucas Hex discovered his love for hip-hop and other musical genres at a young age in a South Carolina housing project. Upon moving to Northeastern Pennsylvania, he dove into the metal, hardcore, and punk genres. With “an almost unhealthy strive for perfection” and a “DIY work ethic,” the rapper is known for his raw performances and knack for wordplay.

He was named Hip-Hop Artist of the Year at the 2016 Steamtown Music Awards and recently performed at the 2018 award ceremony.

See NEPA Scene’s live photos of Hex at the 2017 SMAs, where he collaborated with local country band Big Country, here.

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First single/video from Blue Carolina, “Omen”, drops Friday. Thank you so much to @timmypricefilm @miss.gia.m @_queen_tayy @unforgettable.curls and @kyrstennicoleee for bringing this to life and making such a rad video.

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