When I was a teenager you wouldn’t catch me playing anything but Rap music. The whole genre of Hip Hop was so appealing to me because the lyrics were incredibly powerful, the music carried a meaningful message and my parents hated it to no end. As time passed, the world I once loved became more painfully redundant and increasingly void of any substance worth listening to. But every once in a while a new artist comes along who picks me up out of my Hip Hop doldrums and throws me back into the ‘good old days’ of quality lyricism. Enter “ODDISEE“, the son of American and Sudanese parents who has skillfully captured his personal experiences and unique world perspectives in this amazing musical art form.
“ODDISEE” released his debut album, ‘People Hear What They See‘, earlier this year and the whole album is worth multiple listens. The opening track “Ready to Rock” is my favorite tune off the record and is so for many reasons. The stuttering opening sequence, with intermittent brass horns snapping me to attention, grabbed me instantly before the first beat even dropped. Once the first lyric hit the airwaves, the teenager in me was undeniably hooked. There are many interesting elements, including a surprisingly effective mini synth interlude, creatively laid out across the song leading up to what I believe is the track’s defining moment. At that instant, “ODDISEE” throws down his best Twister impersonation ripping off biographical snapshots of the bridge he took to get to what we hear and see today.
“Ready to Rock” tells a meaningful story and has everything I enjoy in a real hip hop track. In addition to being a talented MC, “ODDISEE” is a consultant with the up and coming independent label Mello Music Group so this is only the beginning. Check out some other great songs from the Washington DC native and enjoy the “Odd Renditions” album where “ODDISEE” puts his own stamp on some classic tunes.