A songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer whose predominantly relaxed output is a synthesis of live instrumentation and samples, Iman Omari has been working outside the margins of commercial R&B and hip-hop since the early 2010s. Amid audience-expanding collaborations with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Robert Glasper, he has numerous solo releases to his credit, the beat tape compilation High-Loops & Higher-Loops (2015) and the song-oriented IHY (2017) among them.
Born in Compton, California, Iman Omari is self-taught, though he graduated from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles. He made inroads through work with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller, co-producing "Chapter Ten" for the former's Section.80 and contributing to multiple tracks on the latter's Macadelic. During this period, he began to issue a prolific quantity of his own material, and gradually came into his own as a multi-faceted artist with an atmospheric sound drawing from Stevie Wonder, Bilal, and J Dilla. As download-only projects arrived in steady supply, he also issued higher profile works from 2011 through 2015, such as the Energy EP, the MoRuf collaboration Euphoria, and (Vibe)rations. Moreover, there was High-Loops & Higher-Loops, which combined beat EPs for cassette and download release via the Fresh Selects label. Kendrick Lamar used the tape's "Omari's Mood" for his performance at the 58th Grammy Awards in February 2016.