I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve purchased an album and not skipped a track or two when listening. The last few purchases I’ve made have restored my faith in buying full albums. It’s very reminiscent of the early 90′s when it was almost a guarantee that when you bought a hip-hop album it would be dope from start to finish.
Producer/MC albums have become more popular now than ever these days. There are quite a few artists now with the ability to produce their own beats and rhyme over them extremely well. This is the case with Oddisee.
I purchased Oddisee’s People Hear What They See and was amazed at the brilliant fluidity of the whole album. Each track flowed cohesively and Oddisee, as well as features from Diamond District, Ralph Real, Oliver Daysoul and Tranqill, all delivered extremely well. For those who are not familiar with Oddisee, this half Sudanese/half American got his first big break working at Touch of Jazz studios with DJ Jazzy Jeff. You couldn’t ask to work with a better producer, and I believe this explains the soulful, jazz influences in his production. Oddisee has worked with Talib Kweli, Sean Born, Little Brother and Raekwon, just to name a few, producing some classic tracks and definitely defining his style. But honestly if you have never heard of Oddisee then you are definitely living under a rock somewhere, as this prolific producer has released numerous albums and mixtapes, including the masterfully produced instrumental album, Rock Creek Park. You should definitely research this artists’ resume and familiarize yourself with his extensive body of work.
I encourage you to purchase Oddisee’s latest album and pay attention to all of the great music coming from Mello Music Group, who’s roster includes Boog Brown, Apollo Brown, yU, Sean Born and more. My personal standout tracks on People Hear What They See are “American Greed”, “That Real”, “The Need Superficial”,” Maybes”, “You Know Who You Are” and “Set You Free”. I must say that this album is well constructed and enjoyable from start to finish. Oddisee produces a remarkable sound and his definitely honing his lyrical abilities. I look forward to hearing more from this artist. If I hear one more person say hip-hop is dead I will personally direct them to the Mello Music Group site…they are putting out some dope music.
Purchase the album and support amazing hip-hop.