Omar Phillips, Drummer For Outkast, Arrested Development & Usher, Dead At 48

Omar Phillips, Drummer For Outkast, Arrested Development & Usher, Dead At 48


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As we come into the new year, I wanna take time to acknowledge the transitioning of Omar Phillips. If you listen to “SpottieOttieDopalicious” and “Liberation”, you will hear his impact on those joints. As well as many other OutKast joints and the Class of 3000 soundtrack. He was the fuel to the fire as OutKast hit the stage again for their comeback tour a few years ago. But music aside, Omar was one of the greatest people I knew. He supported this page and the videos. He expressed how proud he was. He believed. Omar is gone from the physical form but he will forever live on spiritually. His impact in our lives will forever live on. Thank GOD for Brother Omar. Fly high, Mighty O. We love you. @omarphillipsdrums @davidwhild @presstone1 @sleepybrown @bigboi @andre3000 @tennesseeslimkitty @keishajackson @organizedNoize @outkastfans #OmarPhillips #OmarPhillipsDrums #talkinmusicology #outkast #andre3000 #bigboi #organizednoize #GODis

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Big Boi, Sleepy Brown and others took to social media to remember Phillips.

Omar “Marruchi” Phillips, the Atlanta native who drummed for the likes of Outkast (as well as Big Boi‘s own band), Arrested Development, Mary J. Blige, and New Edition, has passed away at the age of 48 from congestive heart failure.

A funeral for Phillips took place on Monday at Antioch-Lithonia Missionary Baptist Church, which Big Boi was in attendance for, as HipHopDX reports. The rapper shared footage of the funeral on his Instagram.


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#rIP @omarphillipsdrums #SonsOfThunder

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Phillips also served as a house drummer and percussionist at Outkast’s Stankonia Studios, and contributed to tracks like “Aquemini,” “SpottieOttieDopaliscious,” and others. Arrested Development member Speech, who toured alongside Phillips, spoke to HipHopDX about the late musician.

“Omar Phillips was the consummate percussionist and drummer with the heart and soul of ATL in his veins! He toured as Arrested Development’s drummer for many years throughout Europe, Australia, U.S. and Japan. He was always excited about reaching the youth and teaching them the skills to change their lives,” Speech said.

“So he volunteered to teach at my and my queen’s premiere arts school. He was an all around man of the people, but especially Atlanta,” he added.

See other reactions to Phillips’ passing from celebrities and close friends below.


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❤#RIP #omarphillips

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REST IN #HEAVEN 🙏🕊 @omarphillipsdrums #RIPOMAR We have been highly honored and blessed to have known the beautiful soul and one of the most talented musicians we have ever witnessed OMAR PHILLIPS!! He’s been @Outkast percussionists along with @bigvickdrums ( the legendary musician who introduced us to OMAR, thank you VICK for bringing Omar and sharing him with us !). He’s played on all your favorite #OUTKAST classics.. to name a few – AQUEMINI , SPOTTIE OTTIE DOPALICIOUS. He’s payed with so many legendary musicians, such as @thesosband , ATLANTIC STAR , MARY JANE GIRLS and more ! He graced us by playing on “Pink Starburst” and even appeared on drums in the music video “Don’t Take Me for Granted”, these 2 songs we will always proudly Cherish. We will always cherish the times we shared, lessons you taught, and just watching you play and blow our minds. We will never forget you, and will continue to keep your legacy alive through the songs you played with us , and through sharing our experiences with you. Your generous heart , -and such humble nature, you were truly one ☝️ of a kind. You excited us so much, to deem us worthy – to where we even talked about you playing with us live and joining the us ! Well we know you still will be ! Playing from the HEAVENS with us ! #ToGodbetheGlory ! And prayers and blessings unto your family During your Heavenly Transition ! 😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇 #omarphillips #omarphillipsdrums #drum #drummer #love #rip #angel #legend #legendary

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H/T: HipHopDX

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