Posts Tagged ‘Oddisee’

Genre Dysphoria: The Best D.C. Music of 2013

With Chuck Brown in his eternal resting place and Ian MacKaye settled down and playing only occasional dates with The Evens, how has D.C. music moved on?
In 2013, the answer was clearer: This is a hip-hop town, at least more than it was before. The area now has three significant hip-hop exports: trap-rap up-and-comer Fat Trel, [...]

DMV Beats: Oddisee, Maimouna Youssef, Black Cobain, Al Bundy, and Asheru

Oddisee doesn't do many videos. He dropped one recently for "After Thoughts," but he doesn't actually appear in it. So the rapper/producer's new video for "Own Appeal" was kind of a surprise. It offers a glimpse into Odd's work routine: "The outside environment really plays a huge part in what I make," he says at [...]

DMV Beats: Oddisee, PHZ-Sicks, and the Best DMV Hip-Hop Show (in Atlanta)

Oddisee's Not Fucking Around
I don't know what pissed Oddisee off, but he's spittin' mad on Tangible Dream, a new mixtape he dropped this week. His 2012 album, People Hear What They See, was a lighter affair that examined artistic integrity ("That Real"), frayed relationships ("You Know Who You Are"), and shady politics ("American Greed"). On [...]

Listen: Oddisee, “Own Appeal”

Another week, another new Oddisee track. This time, the Largo native forgoes the instrumental work of his forthcoming album, The Beauty in All, for the self-assessing rhymes of "Own Appeal," the first single from Oddisee's Tangible Dream mixtape being released Oct. 1—the same day as Beauty.
A cloudy guitar riff and 1980s rap fodder set the scene for Odd to [...]

Watch: Oddisee, “After Thoughts”

Just two weeks after releasing the synth-heavy "Lonely Planet," Largo, Md., native Oddisee is back with a brand new video for "After Thoughts," the scenic opener from his forthcoming instrumental album, The Beauty In All. While "Lonely Planet" was more electronic than Oddisee's recent compositions, "After Thoughts" is a bit more serene. The video blends assorted [...]

Listen: Oddisee, “Lonely Planet”

In 2011, Oddisee struck gold with Rock Creek Park, a mostly instrumental, samples-based album that derived its moods and themes from D.C. geography. Though the Largo native spent years as a hip-hop producer and MC, Rock Creek Park passed muster with old-school R&B fans and rap heads alike.
Don't expect more of the same from Oddisee's latest material, [...]

DMV Beats: Cane, Youngin, Oddisee, Drew Dave, and Phil Adé

Dream Chasin'
While some rappers are flaunting cash and jewelry, many of their listeners are working dead-end jobs. They’re suffering through broken relationships, not throwing money at strippers; they’re paying bills, not collecting debts. Chances are, Cane had those listeners in mind when he made his new mixtape, Lucid Dreams, a 15-track collection of common-man rhymes [...]

Watch: Videos from 2013 DC Loves Dilla

For eight years, the annual DC Loves Dilla concert has paid homage to revered hip-hop producer James "J Dilla" Yancey, who died in 2006 of a rare blood disease. The concert usually ropes in locals and former Dilla collaborators alike: For last year's edition at Fillmore Silver Spring, alt-jazz pianist Robert Glasper improvised an impressive [...]

Arts Roundup: Save Our Music! Edition

The Library of Congress unveils its National Recording Preservation Plan, which outlines 32 recommendations for how public and private institutions can archive America's audio recordings—in a way other than merely posting them on YouTube [Library of Congress]
What's that? Musicians still don't want to play music in D.C.? Well, carry on then! I see the status [...]

Byrdland: Why Donald Byrd Mattered to Jazz, Its Legitimacy, and D.C.

When news of Donald Byrd’s death was finally confirmed by major news outlets on Monday, it had been four days since his nephew by marriage, the jazz pianist Alex Bugnon, had announced his passing on Facebook. Byrd—a trumpeter, composer, educator, and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master who was the founding director of Howard [...]