There’s something about ODDISEE‘s music that I can’t explain. Maybe it’s the Brooklyn power of the pulsations from his drum beats and rhymes that calmly perfect the craftsmanship of his work, or the poetic justice of his lyrics that dignify him not only on a hip hop level but a genius status to come. Oddisee has produced, collaborated, and released more than a handful of albums. His repertoire includes the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, J Cole, and many others. However on his own personal work, there is an addictive element that showcases how emotionally reflective, and challenging the journey of life can be. Whatever Oddisee presents, his music is motivating in a sense that could make this careful prodigy soon on top of the world.
“I live in a gentrified part of Brooklyn, I eat out several times a week, I travel the world sampling the best that cities across the globe have to offer. Do I live in a penthouse loft? Am I dining in five star restaurants? Can you only find me in the most exclusive areas? Do I own a jet? The answer to all the above is most certainly no. I’m just a regular man from Prince George’s county, Maryland that figured shit out.
These rhymes were written in economy class seats, these beats were produced on long bus trips & these songs were recorded in airbnb apartments. All I want to do is make music for a living so that I can live to make music. The only dreams I’m interested in are the ones I can grasp. It just so happens that anything you want bad enough can be obtained. Perhaps the world may never know of my accomplishments but accomplishments they are nonetheless.” – Oddisee –
[From the album: ODDISEE – People Hear What They See, 2012]
“They say you have your whole life to make your first album guess I’ve been busy living so the first outcome was worth hearing. Rappers are generally in the business of storytelling, but whether those stories are true or not is often a sidenote. People Hear What They See is Oddisee’s debut full length album, and its key concern is honesty – honesty with yourself, with what you tell the world, and the relationships people have with each other. The title came from a feeling that most of the time we’re content not to look or listen beneath the surface for the truths which lie beneath.”
[From the album: ODDISEE – The Beauty In All, 2013]
“The Beauty In All is about the flaws & mistakes that give life its character and worth – how even ignorance can give light to knowledge. For me, not knowing how to do something & still trying is a process that helped my production style evolve. If everything we are is out in perfect tutorials, we might never deviate from the teacher. This record is dedicated to imperfection and the sense of pride & accomplishment we get from our struggles. Hopefully, you listen to this record, reflect on the ups & downs of life, and see the beauty in all.”
[From the album: ODDISEE – Tangible Dream Mixtape, 2013]
“I discovered that I can make a career in an arena dominated by artists that sell false dreams. I realized that although the masses may not know of my body of work, it doesn’t take the whole world to have the world I want. Tangible Dream is a mix-tape dedicated to the deconstruction of our traditional ideas of success & shedding light on the possibility of a sustainable rap life.”
Artwork :: Iain Macarthur