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.
Classy, TBO is one first class act. A couple of rebels here to shake up and wake up Hip Hop, and break out with this classy video. The Magician has a 1920s vibe that helps tell the story. Loving the black and white scenes, and how the whole video was shot, very cinematic. I can’t wait to see what else The Black Opera is coming with next. BIG shout to kyLA, I see you lady. Check out TBO’s video game, yes video game Monsters & Robots.
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.
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)
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 hit up the fam at Fresh Selects to see what was going down, and was given the heads up on an exclusive…Free Money mini mix. I got Free Money from Kenny last night, and stayed up until 4am rock’n it. This mix was put together by DJ Buddy and Trek Life. Free Money is chill but with an upbeat tempo adding to Trek’s flow. This one will definitely go into your heavy rotation playlist. Check out what I mean and download Free Money mini mix here.
Beside this, Mello Music Group has been busy cranking out the good stuff. Check out New Money: The Oddisee Remixes available on itunes. Also check it out on Ughh.com exclusive for a free copy of Trek’s first album, Price I’ve Paid. BIG thanks to Fresh Selects for the heads up; I owe you one. Check out DJ Buddy on his site and Trek Life on MySpace. If you need the low down on Mello Music Group faster, check them out on twitter. Keep your eyes pealed for 5Animals Play.
1. Black Music ft. J-Bizness
2. One Idea
3. Long Time Coming
4. We Still Here ft. Silo
5. Hold Me Down ft. Champ MC
6. Good God
7. Never Again
8. Last Joint