Omar Apollo has returned with another alternative hit titled “Ice Slippin,” where he gets more vulnerable than ever before. This track came with the announcement of his new EP, “Live for Me,” which will be released on October 6th.
This track starts mellow, with a haunting piano melody. Omar’s delicate vocals float above the instrumental. As the song progresses, these vocals become layered and become backed by soft piano chords. As he switches from singing to rapping, stoic drums enter the mix, matching the aura of this vocal change. When singing, his voice is supple and sincere. He holds much pain and desperation in his vocals, making the listener empathize with his desperate pleas. The bridge is captivating, and the final chorus of the track is lush as it swells up with ambient sounds. After the final chorus, the instrumental slowly dissipates into the soft piano we started with, ending the song on a very somber note. Omar earns a 6/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale for his sound.
Omar spearheads the track with melancholy lyrics, asking, “When you comin' home? Home is where you're supposed to be. Turn around, it's not too late, did I hurt you?” He finds himself lost, wondering how he can mend the wounds that he inflicted. Due to this feeling of defeat, he becomes angry with himself, singing, “And I hate me too much, could've just lied to me that night, could've just said nothin’.” He would rather be ignorant of the facts of the situation that he is in than have to deal with his actions. He earns an 8/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale for his lyrics.
ART BEHIND THE TRACK
Omar revealed that this track reflects the mental turmoil he dealt with when he was coming out to his family. The “ice” represents the cold shoulder he received from his family, along with the “icy streets of Indiana” that he had to escape to truly feel accepted. Omar has been very wary of sharing facts about his sexuality throughout his career because coming out has been a difficult journey for him. It is inspiring to see that he now feels comfortable sharing his experiences through his music. Omar gives many fans an outlet for expressing their emotions as they may experience similar situations. He earns a 9/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale for his art.
Overall, Omar earns a 7/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale for this track.
Stream “Ice Slippin’” below.