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Oddisee

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  • Born: Washington DC
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://oddiseemusic.com
  • Recent Activity: 09.23.14 Talked with the @VillageVoice yesterday, today they debuted our group Diamond District's new song "Lost Cause" http://t.co/OGbYVTVPse
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All Music Guide:

Born in Washington, D.C., to a Sudanese father and an African-American mother, Amir Mohamed grew up in Maryland, influenced by soul and rap as well as the myriad of musicians on both sides of his family. He was all set to attend the Art Institute of Philadelphia, however, to pursue visual art when a friend of his introduced him to hip-hop producing. He was so enamored by it that he changed his plans and concentrated on making beats, ending up with the track "Musik Lounge" on DJ Jazzy Jeff's 2002 record, Magnificent. Part of the Low Budget crew, which included fellow D.C. area MC and producers Kenn Starr, Cy Young, and Kev Brown, Oddisee released his solo debut, Foot in the Door, mixed by Jazzy Jeff, on Halftooth in 2006.

Wikipedia:

Amir Mohamed el Khalifa, better known by his stage name Oddisee, is an American rapper and producer from Washington, DC. He is one third of Diamond District. He is also part of the Low Budget Crew.

^ Fox, Luke (December 2012). "Oddisee". Exclaim!. ^ Hyden, Steven (June 3, 2012). "Oddisee". The A.V. Club. ^ Zirm, Jordan (July 19, 2012). "Interview: Oddisee Talks About "People Hear What They See" And His Strategy To Remain Unknown". Complex. 

Life and career[edit]

Oddisee was raised by his African American mother and Sudanese father. According to a National Public Radio interview with el Khalifa, Prince George's County is one of the wealthiest African American counties in the nation but borders some of the DC area's roughest parts. He moved to Washington after high school.

In 2010, Oddisee released Traveling Man on Mello Music Group. His Odd Spring mixtape was listed on the Washington Post's Best Local Hip-Hop mixtapes of 2010. In 2011, Oddisee released Rock Creek Park, which was ranked as a Mixtape of the Week by Stereogum. Odd Seasons, a collection of EPs released throughout the previous 12 months, was also released that year. He released the album titled People Hear What They See in 2012. The Beauty in All, his first instrumental release since Rock Creek Park, was released in 2013.

^ Raz, Guy (July 3, 2010). "Oddisee: Hip-Hop Leaves the City". National Public Radio. Retrieved 6 December 2011. ^ Martin, Andrew (February 11, 2010). "Oddisee: Traveling Man". PopMatters. ^ David Malitz, The Washington Post, ISSN 0190-8286, December 24, 2010, p. T.6^ Breihan, Tom (September 21, 2011). "Mixtape Of The Week: Oddisee Rock Creek Park". Stereogum. ^ Weiss, Jeff. "Other oddities: Oddisee premieres 'I'm From PG' off his 'Odd Seasons' LP". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 16, 2011. ^ Soderberg, Brandon (May 29, 2012). "First Spin: Hear Oddisee's 'People Hear What They See'". Spin. ^ Moore, Marcus J. (July 10, 2013). "Oddisee - The Beauty In All". Clash. 

Style and influences[edit]

Oddisee was originally influenced by his parents' heritages, combined with a hip-hop influence from his older cousins. In an interview with NPR, Mohamed explained why he was influenced by early East Coast emcees such as Rakim and A Tribe Called Quest. He said: "These rappers don't talk about drugs or murder, and I can relate more to their lyrics." His lyrics have touched on a variety of subjects, which include his hometown, boredom, and inequality. This is clearest in his song "I'm from PG," which is a direct ode to his hometown. Oddisee identifies with an assortment of emcees from the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland areas who share a similar sound. This area is known as the DMV. These emcees share a similar determination to create original music using swinging percussion and identifiable rhythms. Oddisee has often said that his favorite producer is Chief Tony from Virginia, Minnesota.

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Who Is…Oddisee

By Christina Lee, Contributor

Oddisee now lives in Brooklyn, but his solo rap debut references details of his Maryland upbringing, such as his hometownLargoand his Washington, D.C.-based crew Low Budget Collective. While the DMV (D.C.-Maryland-Virginia) tri-state area isn't exactly known for its mass production of hip-hop greats, the half-Sudanese producer-emcee made himself known right where he was, as he churned out beats, lent raps to founding D.C. trio Diamond District and helped oversee independent hip-hop label Mello Music Group. Oddisee… more »

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Label Profile: Mello Music

By Christina Lee, Contributor

File under: Measured, day-in-the-life musings set to crisp boom-bap beats Flagship acts: Oddisee, Apollo Brown, Has-Lo, Trek Life, Boog Brown Based in: Tucson, Arizona Every day in his Tucson home, after he eats dinner and spends an hour with his family, Michael Tolle returns to his bedroom and listens to music until around 4 a.m., then sleeps for less than five hours. "I'm trying to listen all night, to what we're making and what we're missing," he says. Tolle… more »

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Activity

  • 09.23.14 Talked with the @VillageVoice yesterday, today they debuted our group Diamond District's new song "Lost Cause" http://t.co/OGbYVTVPse
  • 09.22.14 New Diamond District song coming Tuesday
  • 09.19.14 Diamond District - March On Washington (10/14) http://t.co/JLDA7DnXaL
  • 09.19.14 RT @SeparateM1nd: "This is classic over fashion, lasting over passing, passion over ninjas who just do it for reactions" ~ Oddisee
  • 09.18.14 "Own Appeal" is in Spotify's Top 100 Hip Hop playlist http://t.co/QxOArwc7Io
  • 09.18.14 RT @kiki_doe: "I was never one to let things go easy, believe me, I wish I could let it all fly..." Oddisee - Let It Go http://t.co/llYw3aH…
  • 09.18.14 The coffee has been had, the day has been started & a beautiful one it is. http://t.co/KXM9J8qkaU
  • 09.18.14 RT @M1SZZWUN: -" ..so I live everyday like it's my last, but I plan for tomorrow as if I would neva pass.."- ODDISEE
  • 09.17.14 At United Palace with @whokheirs, brandonblack & joe_pas to see Lorde. NZ! @ United Palace Theater http://t.co/74rXu589vO
  • 09.16.14 Having fun with the Korg Monotron. http://t.co/gaFa79ZqWa
  • 09.15.14 RT @SeanBarks: "Impressions got a lot of us stressing, but how we are perceived is more about reflection" -@ODDISEE
  • 09.15.14 RT @pimpsandwch: @ODDISEE living upper middle class and people hardly know my name cuz the dollars that I gain ain't at the cost of rotting…