We’ve been aware of Iman Omari (or Emon)for some time, and of course know his allegiance, production and guest appearances with Overdoz, his production of ‘Chapter 10’ for Kendrick Lamar, his work with The LogOs project, all of them excellent. But all that time he has essentially played the background, giving only fleeting hints of his prodigious talents as a producer, rapper and singer.
This has changed in dramatic fashion with the release of Omari’s debut EP, the stunning ‘Energy’, a brilliant slice of futuristic, smoke-drenched R’n’B that combines some of the mellowest synth-led hip-hop sounds synonymous with the likes of production duo THC (who co-produced some of ‘Energy’), with simply pure soul. When we saw Iman perform his set as main support to Overdoz at their recent Rise of the DEST shows we knew that we were in for something pretty special.
And ‘Energy’ is that record, an intricately constructed mini album of downright excellence, swirling beats and opiated melodies, with just fantastic song-writing and lyricism. It’s a bit like floating on a cloud of titties to a marshmallow, massage and kush party in a bouncy castle. The words ethereal and lo-fi are bandied around a lot at the moment, from Little Dragon to Frank Ocean to Toro Y Moi to Main Attrakionz. Iman Omari, with ‘Energy’ has made a lane all of his own, a record to savour, and further evidence of why the Overdoz boys say that their favorite rapper when growing up was Iman Omari.