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Oddisee Unpacks Sound for NPR, Packs Bags for Move to NYC

Nice profile on NPR of rapper and producer Oddisee, whom we've featured a few times. He's a member of Diamond District and in his solo songs sometimes rhymes about Prince George's County, where he grew up. According to NPR's Guy Raz, he's "part of a new crop of artists who are returning to the early roots of hip-hop and emulating East Coast MC's like Eric B. & Rakim, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest."

Oddisee unpacks his sounds and the DMV's, but the piece ends on this disappointing note:

Despite Oddisee's ties to D.C. and the DMV sound, he's decided to move on. He says that while it's a great place to create music, there's no industry. He plans to move to New York in the next few months.

Despite Oddisee's ties to D.C. and the DMV sound, he's decided to move on. He says that while it's a great place to create music, there's no industry. He plans to move to New York in the next few months.

Bummer, even though I can't blame him. Still: If this city's hip-hop is anything like its punk and indie rock, then he'll be considered a D.C. artist ad infinitum, anyway.

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