He has the energy of the youth, the knowledge of the old and is an r’n’b singer who writes his own lyrics (!). New kid in the class OmarTKIF is a bag of contradictions (in a good way) who has dropped his 1st mixtape in the form of Heartbeak and Lyrics.
For a newbie he does a commendable job of stepping all over some of the modern R’n’B stereotypes we have come to love (even fancy a little a bit) and replacing them with a more authentic, modern, British vibe.
Our unconventional love story starts with Paris (Intro) which shows off his sultry, soulful and skilled sound and sets the mood for the rest of the mixtape. Strangely enough his rapping throughout the EP doesn’t feel out of place, in the midst of his love songs his rhymes resemble inner thoughts drumming the walls of an intimate poetry reading. The combination of what should be two uncomplimentary styles create the kind of stories that you would hear from The Weeknd or that PartyNextDoor.
His music almost immediately pays homage to the og R’n’B storytellers who made songs about love that weren’t cheesy. Listening to Your Soul and Jazzy Piano, the church influence in his voice is evident but that doesn’t ruin how current his sound is. The juxtaposition of his singing and deep poetic rapping voice on Get Up work well in a weird way, similar to how cheese and pickle come together, it shouldn’t taste good but it does.
The more songs into the mixtape you are, the more you can understand why both boys and girls are always tweeting his lyrics. For ladies he’s speaking to you and for the gentlemen he’s speaking for you. The fusion of his lyrics and raps, done in a true London accent may I add make him like a bucket of gold ice on a scorching hot day, unique and truly refreshing in a world where R’n’B is ‘for girls’ and every 1 in 3 boys from London wants to be the next Jay Z.
She Got Me Feelin’ is a track with a very mature sound but although his delivery is calm and soothing, something about his voice adds a youthful vibe to it. The little British references and slang in his lyrics make him relatable and his songs often feel more like stories.
There are a lot of topics mentioned on the mixtape but they all come under the same umbrella of love and at times it feels like you’re earwigging the conversation between the couple on the table next to yours. It can almost feel too intimate but you can’t stop listening because it’s just too good.
The only criticism I have is that not much of his stage name comes through. TKIF is an acronym for The Kid Is Fucked but how is never mentioned? Emotionally, if so @OmarTKIF why? We need answers sway!
His outro is so good but at the same time unsatisfying because you want a conclusion, like a Spike Lee movie you don’t realise how long the EP is because you’re enjoying it too much. It ends with him begging for love on Outro and although this tale of heartbreak isn’t linear and at times can be confusing, by the end it all kind of makes sense as a love story does. Although you can imagine it, he never quite explains how he ended up with a broken heart and a book full of lyrics, but maybe that’s just a tale for part 2…
If you want to give The Kid a try, I would recommend you start with Jazzy Piano but everyone else would probably say Hey Beautiful, I mean just search #Heartbreak&Lyrics on Twitter.