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Kamikaze – [Omar Apollo]

When I first got hooked on watching The Cave with Kenny Beats, I was drawn in by all the incredible rappers he invited to the studio to freestyle over insane instrumentals. Then, when he began inviting unpredictable yet incredible talents like Marc Rebillet and Omar Apollo onto the show, my horizons began to expand, and my mind was completely blown. Their appearances brought a new side out of Kenny, while Kenny was able to challenge them and give them a soundscape that isn’t typically used by these artists. Nonetheless, they rose to the occasion, of course, and went off the rails unlike ever before. I bring this up because Omar Apollo’s episode was my first introduction to the Indiana songbird, and although I definitely need to familiarize myself even more, when I saw he released a brand-new song entitled “Kamikaze”, I had to stop everything I was doing and tune in. To start the beat off on the right foot, producers Omar Velasco and Teo Halm team up to offer up dreamy, mystifying, and resounding synths of some sort paired with an instrument that sounds like a filtered electric guitar. Eventually, a consistently groovy bassline coupled with old school-inspired percussion …

A Conversation with Omar Apollo, the Soul, Funk, Rock and Hip-Hop Showman Who’s One of the Most Refreshingly Real Rising Stars Around

Preternaturally gifted, singing, dancing artists with effortless charisma who seem destined for pop stardom simply do not just come around every day. And ones who don’t feel corny, canned or prepackaged? Ones who defy genres and deftly maneuver between R&B and hip-hop, funk and acoustic pop-rock? Ones who haven’t come up with the promotional force of a giant corporation (e.g. Disney) or a network talent competition behind them, but rather emerged organically through Soundcloud connections, from a truly hardscrabble, blue collar, midwestern, immigrant background? Well, now we’re talking about something that happens with the frequency of a total solar eclipse. But that’s all a fair description of what we’ve witnessed for the better part of two years in Omar Apollo, the first generation Mexican-American showman from small-town Indiana who through great, often remarkably vulnerable songs featuring irresistible melodies and earworm beats; electric live performances; affecting if largely modest videos and no-bullshit charm, has only seen his profile rise. The buzz began as far back as 2017, but with the April release of his second EP Friends and a sold-out tour to go along with it, it’s turned into a low roar.   By all rights, Omar should have canceled lunch …