After months of teasing his Mexican corrido, Omar Apollo's "Dos Uno Nueve (219)" is finally here! The Chicano singer-songwriter serves the hotly-anticipated track with a bit of soul.
Apollo is most known for his forward-sounding R&B and funk-influenced music. You can hear that on the lead single "Stayback" from his upcoming debut album. He's also had a few forays into Latin music, most notably with last year's reggaeton-infused "Frío." Apollo let it out awhile ago on Twitter the he wrote and recorded a corrido.
Just in time for Latinx Heritage Month, Apollo dropped his corrido titled "Dos Uno Nuevo (219)." That's the area code of Indiana city he grew up in. Whereas a corrido is usually storytelling, Apollo sings the heck out of his own started-from-the-bottom narrative. In a nod to his Mexican roots, he also lets out a spirited grito. "Naw, just kidding," Apollo says right after with a laugh. This is the R&B-infused corrido that we never knew we needed. He injects new life into an age-old sound and does it with style and swagger.
"Dos Uno Nuevo" can be seen as another take on the corrido tumbado, the overhaul of the traditional Mexican song that's being led by Mexican superstar Natanael Cano. Just imagine if Apollo and Cano ever crossed paths on a collab in the future. The power that would have. Omar's debut album is due out later this year.
Listen to the song below:
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