I don’t know why it took me so long to write about my man Oddisee’s latest album, People Hear What They See. Oh yeah too busy listening to it. People- I want to tell you the music is out there. I know folks say Hip Hop sucks these days, and yeah I have caught myself saying it too. BUT the good stuff is out there, like this album. Yes, I went online to iTunes and bought it. No questions. Oddisee is high on my list for cats making good music and influencing a change in the genre for the better. People Hear What They See has a little bit of it all. Ready To Rock and Do It All has that get into “GO MODE” vibe. Just listening to it makes me feel accomplished. Maybe because I picture folks cruising around town or in deep thought. Another Grind… who shouts out Kenny Rogers?! Don’t sit on your hands, get up and get it. Buy Oddisee – People Hear What They See on iTunes and vinyl at Fat Beats. BIG shout to Mello Music Group for keeping me in the know. And to my man Trek Life for introducing me to another creative person.
I’m going to give you my opinion on this dude Oddisee. I think we are witnessing the makings of a legend. I really can’t think of a project that he’s a part of that folks don’t love. Above all Oddisee is a down to earth cat. Odd Renditions Vol. 001 is another flavor of Oddisee, but still his sound. Odd Renditions is just a teaser to his upcoming album People Hear What They See out June 5. BIG thanks Oddisee for making great music. Keep doing what you’re doing.
This is one of the most laid-back chill albums I’ve heard. Sinitus Tempo’s Journey puts me in a hypnotic jazzy trance. Bolivia started off and I immediately envisioned people in a Richard Neutra home with some Eames furniture. Folks are sipping on Cognac or wine talking about the music selection tonight. The title track, Journey, will take you on a trip to the many corners of Jazz and back again. It’ll get your head nodding for sure. With the bonus track, Raw Jazz, you’ll want to get your dancing shoes on. Sinitus Tempo produced an all around good solid album. Download it Sinitus Tempo – Journey on Band Camp. BIG thanks MAAD Management for the heads up on this one.
Sinitus Tempo – YOU
Sinitus Tempo – Keepin’ On ft. Substantial, Obii Say & Kitty Wong
I had to post this up. When people reach out to you from around the world because they love your music, that is love. Oddisee has been cranking out the tunes as a producer and an emcee, so it’s great to see that cat get rep’d like that in Belgium. The Blooming has a very cinematic feel, and the storytelling aspect is great. I love how they show the watch several times to go with the ticking in the track and to represent time passing. Great video.
“Belgium’s ZBS Studio reached out to Mello Muisc Group about permission to do a video for Oddisee’s “The Blooming”. MMG of course was honored to have them interpret the song and apply their vision to the track. The resulting marriage of visual storytelling & instrumental perfection is a narrative work that tells the story of time’s passage in the life of a boy. The video was directed, shot, & edited by Tomasz Cibulla and Wojciech Drożdż of ZBS Studio in Belgium.”
Mello Music Group, in my opinion, has built up an impressive catalog of independent Hip-Hop in a relatively short period of time. You may already be familiar with their work with Diamond District (XO, yU, Oddisee), Apollo Brown & Trek Life; in which case, the odds are quite good that you agree with me.
Helpless Dreamer is a compilation album that releases Nov 23rd, and is a preview of their 2011 slate. With contributions from Black Milk, Magestik Legend & Roc Marciano, Helpless Dreamer checks in at a solid 13 tracks – from both the lyrical and sonic perspectives.
Highlights include: Oddisee’s innate sense of space on the soulful Different Now, featuring Toine. The Detroit triumvirate of Finale, Invincible & Black Milk on Don’t Sleep. KC native son Stik Figa‘s collaboration with Oddisee, co-produced by Dunc entitled, From the Top, which is part of Oddisee’s effort to promote regional Hip-Hop flavors.
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My man Trek Life is not playing. This is the Year of the Trek, and with his latest album, Everything Changed Nothing, there is no questions about that. I heard So Supreme from ESPN, and a few other tracks here and there. The day the album hit stores Trek’s in-store at Fat Beats, I bought the album right then and there. On Everything Changed Nothing Trek teamed up with super producer Oddisee to bring you this heavy hitting, west coast inspired album. I’ve had it in heavy rotation since. To me, Everything Changed Nothing is an uplifting, inspiring, and a motivating album. Due West, Wow, & So LA will make you get up and move. Trust me, you’ll have it in heavy rotation soon enough. Buy Trek Life – Everything Changed Nothing at Fat Beats or your local record store. BIG thanks Trek Life & Oddisee for making a great album, and BIG shout to DJ Buddy and J. Bizness.
Trek Life – What It Is (Cuts By DJ Buddy & Prod. Hudson Mohawke)
Trek Life – So Supreme (Prod. Oddisee)
Man, let me start off by saying BUY Selective Hearing Part 2! J1 introduced me to Kev Brown at a benefit party for Kutmah at the Verdugo Bar. I bought Kev Brown’s Random Joints a while back, and was a big fan (a House Shoes recommendation). Kev was in town to do a tour with his partner in crime LMNO, from the super group The Visionaries, to promote the new album Selective Hearing Part 2. When I got a copy of this I played it all day. I got a chance to play some tracks on Soundwaves and played The Ultimate. LMNO and Kev Brown kill it on the mic. And the album uses all James Brown samples, it’s off the hook. This is already in heavy rotation on the ipod. Buy Lmno & Kev Brown – Selective Hearing Part 2 at Up Above Records. BIG thanks Kev and Trevor for opening my ears on this one.
LMNO & Kev Brown – The Ultimate
LMNO & Kev Brown – Ya Know
Oddisee rounds out his seasonal collection with the 4th and final installment Odd Spring. Oddisee is one of my favorite producers/emcees, and you know you’re going to get quality music from him every time. Odd Spring is another collection of Oddisee tracks that sets the mood for the season. The tone is set right away with The Blooming and builds up with Birds & Bees (featuring the Diamond District). Half way through you might as well be outside with the volume cranked up. Download Oddisee – Odd Spring on BandCamp. Also pick up Oddisee’s Traveling Man. BIG thanks Oddisee for making the dope music.
Kingpin Slim & Oddisee – Anticipation
Oddisee – I’m From PG
Winter is here and Oddisee has dropped another soundtrack dedicated to the season. Odd Winter has a few more tracks with emcees on it than Odd Summer & Odd Autumn, but totally has the season themed series feel. Ci’iy Life featuring Tranqill sets the mood, and eases you into the “Oddisee sound. I use “Oddisee sound” loosely because you can hear the diversity throughout Odd Winter. Even with the eclectic sound Oddisee brings it all together to give you a blast of winter. That’s what makes him a very talented producer. I have to say, you can’t go wrong with Oddisee as a producer or an emcee. Download Oddisee’s Odd Winter on Bandcamp, and check out the other seasonal releases. BIG thanks Oddisee.
Oddisee – Winds From The North
Oddisee – Black Broadway ft. X.O
Oddisee – Carry On Instrumental
I rocked Oddisee’s Odd Summer for a long time and recently switched up to Oddisee’s Odd Autumn. We don’t have seasons in So Cal, so when it started getting cold the other day I figured it was time to switch. Stuff Oddisee puts out quickly becomes a staple in my ipod, so Odd Autumn is no different. I rocked Odd Autumn when I needed to feel grounded and relaxed. It’s feel good music all the way. Earlier today I was walking around downtown LA playing Odd Autumn and it felt like a soundtrack. That track The Second Date had me moving faster. Download Oddisee – Odd Autumn here, and check out Oddisee on MySpace. BIG thanks to Oddisee for making dope music and Put Me On It for dropping the exclusive.
Oddisee – Every Day People (Inst.)
Oddisee – The Second Date