|Birth name||Adil Omar|
|Born||May 17, 1991|
|Genres||Hip-Hop, Rock, Hardcore Rap, Rap rock|
|Occupations||Rapper, singer-songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, lyrics, rapping|
|Associated acts||B-Real, Cypress Hill, DJ Solo, Soul Assassins, Talal Qureshi, Everlast, Fredwreck|
Adil Omar (born May 17, 1991) is a rapper and singer-songwriter from Islamabad, Pakistan. Having been active in the Pakistan's underground music scene, Omar also gained popularity by being one of the very few hip-hop artists in the region, being featured in the news press and collaborating with mainstream acts such as Cypress Hill, Xzibit, Everlast and Kool G Rap among others. He released his debut album, The Mushroom Cloud Effect on March 22, 2013 and has continued releasing singles, collaborations as well as songwriting for other artists.
Biography and early life
Omar was born on May 17, 1991 in London, England but spent his entire childhood growing up in Islamabad. His mother is a writer and part-time television host and his father was a businessman. He lost his father at 10 to alcoholism and his mother suffered from amnesia, leaving her with epilepsy the same year. His great grandfather, Zafar Omar is credited to be the first Urdu detective novelist for writing the book "Neeli Chathri" (blue umbrella). He left school at 17 to pursue a career in music.
Omar had started writing lyrics at the age of 9 but recorded his first song at 14. Heavily relying on websites such as Soundclick, Myspace, Facebook, YouTube to promote his music, he eventually found himself gaining a fan-base by releasing songs as free mp3 downloads.
In 2008, Omar was invited by B-Real of Cypress Hill to record a collaboration in Los Angeles. Producer Fredwreck was also present during the recording session but was not a part of the song. Fredwreck has done production work for his debut album.
In 2009 and 2010, Omar collaborated on various projects with Penn Jillette, Soul Assassins members, as well as a debut single titled "Incredible" which was produced by DJ Solo who sampled Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise" as well as Jesus Christ Superstar's "Heaven on Their Minds", with an interpolation of "The Roof Is on Fire" by Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three in the song's outro. This was considered Omar's first significant release.
Debut album, 2011 - 2013
Omar announced his debut album, The Mushroom Cloud Effect, through his website for a 2012 or 2013 release. Producers included Fredwreck, DJ Lethal, DJ Solo, Apathy, Talal Qureshi and others, with guests including Xzibit, B-Real, Everlast, Kool G Rap, Sick Jacken and Greydon Square. The first single, produced by Fredwreck and featuring Xzibit, was titled "Off The Handle" and was released on May 24, 2011 with a music video by Matt Alonzo.
A second single, produced by DJ Solo, titled "Paki Rambo" was released on October 2, 2011 with a video directed by Shahbaz Shigri and Aisha Linnea. "Paki Rambo" is also the original soundtrack for Shigri and Linnea's feature film 'Gol Chakkar'. "Paki Rambo" was inspired by and borrowed dialogue from the Chris Morris film Four Lions, and was also promoted by Four Lions actor Riz Ahmed. Though it received positive reviews, it also generated controversy in Pakistan for objectionable content in its lyrics and music video, as well as its use of the word "Paki". In 2012 he was nominated in the Lux Style Awards for Best Emerging Talent as a solo artist, as well as Shahbaz Shigri and Aisha Linnea in Best Music Video Director for "Paki Rambo".
The Mushroom Cloud Effect was released on March 22, 2013 and other videos included "Star Power" as well as its intro and title track. Though it gained Omar an international tour in the independent circuit, the promotion of the album, as well as many other independent releases at the time, was hugely affected by Pakistan's YouTube ban, an issue Omar has addressed in various interviews.
2013 - present
Following the release of The Mushroom Cloud Effect and while on tour, Omar announced on a BRealTV interview that he was asked to make a guest appearance on an upcoming single for a band which also featured ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. Omar debuted an avant-garde single on Noisey titled "Saza" which featured Pakistani singer Jarar and was also commissioned to write and perform the theme song for the Burka Avenger TV series alongside Pakistani pop star Haroon.
In early 2014, Omar was joined by Pakistani comedian and MC Ali Gul Pir for a single and video titled #KholoBC, inspired by an effort to get the Pakistani authorities to lift the country's ban on YouTube. Upon its release, #KholoBC went viral in Pakistan and gained international coverage from BBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera
Omar was born with sound-color synesthesia, a neurological condition in which the person afflicted "sees" colors when a tone is sounded. He has also stated that he does not drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or use drugs.
Singles and music videos
- 2010: Incredible
- 2011: Off the Handle (with Xzibit)
- 2011: SHINE (thekeenone featuring Adil Omar)
- 2011: Paki Rambo
- 2011: Point of No Return (Hard Target featuring Marpo and Adil Omar)
- 2012: Star Power
- 2013: The Mushroom Cloud Effect
- 2013: Saza (with Jarar)
- 2013: Lady In Black (with Haroon)
- 2013: Believe Me (Haze Mobbin' featuring Adil Omar)
- 2014: #KholoBC (with Ali Gul Pir)
- 2014: Wigidi Wac (TMVSC featuring Adil Omar)
- 2014: Exploding Heart
- 2010: Slackistan, cameo
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