Ohbliv has caught recent looks for his hugely prolific output, a fiery catalogue of 50 Bandcamp releases, celebrated collabs, and an entry on Fat Beats’ prestigious Baker’s Dozen series. Not a bad ascendant for someone who started in the late ‘90s emulating past masters through making pause-tapes. “I’m 36. I grew up on Large Pro, Pete Rock, Preemo, Ced Gee, Paul C, Bomb Squad, especially the pause tape aesthetic. In my developmental stages, those are the main ones,” he says, before adding: “My parents are also a big inspiration. I feel like my dad was a real digger before it was even a thing. I’ve found records in his collection that I haven’t even found out in the field while I’m digging. I credit him for that.” Richmond, Virginia isn’t particularly known for its booming music scene but Ohbliv (pronounced “Obliv,” short for Oblivion) has seen a steady rise in awareness of his hometown’s musical offerings. On his local scene, he says: “Everybody has his or her own style. There are pockets and different sounds. There’s the more street side of things, the more traditional hip-hop, the more progressive guys. There’s no one solid style, everyone’s doing their own thing, but everyone works together too.” 2018’s joint with another Richmond stalwart artist, Fly Anakin, produced Backyard Boogie and cemented this notion, showcasing a mature beatsmith who could thoughtfully lace Anakin’s colorful rhymes with dynamic boom-bap.