Invincible – [Omar Apollo] ft. [Daniel Caesar]

After writing over 1,300 articles in the past two and a half years or so, it should probably be obvious to most of the regulars that read my posts that hip-hop and rap music are typically my go-to genres. I’ve obviously covered copious amounts of other styles and subgenres, but when push comes to shove, these are the two genres that I adore more than others. At the same time, there are a few R&B artists that I simply can’t get enough of because whether it’s their personality, unique singing abilities, or their versatility on a plethora of different instrumentals, I find myself constantly coming back for more no matter what mood I may be in on a day-to-day basis.

At the very top of my list sits Omar Apollo, the Mexican American singer/songwriter who has taken the music industry by storm and hasn’t dropped off for even a second, and it’s his uncharacteristic approach to this genre that keeps me constantly appeased. You can only imagine my excitement when I saw that he announced his debut album IVORY is set to drop on April 8th, and my enthusiasm only continued to grow once I realized he also dropped a brand-new single with Daniel Caesar called “Invincible”.

It goes without saying that the song itself is one of the most magical and addicting records of the new year by far, but it was the stillz-directed music video that really got my mind spinning when thinking about the thought-provoking and abstract concepts going on throughout the mini-movie. After a few opening scenes, the two musicians chase closely behind an ambulance that seems to be carrying Daniel’s unresponsive body, but instead of going to the hospital, the paramedics rush him straight home where they unload his body onto the dinner table as other individuals seem to be celebrating a birthday.

While this happens, Omar is out in the garage in a similar situation, and while I believe this is what the two singers are dreaming of as they doze in and out of consciousness in an actual hospital, the dreams continue on. As they do, two large-masked individuals share a love story in a few uninhabited shots, rolling around in the dirty of an open field, climbing up an electrical tower, and finally enjoying each other’s presence around a bonfire to round out their day together.

Although this is complete speculation on my behalf, I perceived this video to show how two souls connect after a horrible accident, and even if they might not be by each other’s side physically in the real world, their souls meet up in a dream and continue to strengthen their connection even after something terrible happened to them in real life. Once again, I have no clue if this is the takeaway that was meant to be portrayed in the video or if I’m way off base, the music video for “Invincible” is one of the most cinematic and captivating visuals that I have seen in a long time, and it definitely gets me super excited to see what else Omar has planned as we continue to approach the release of his debut album in just a couple of months.