Visual representation of Oddisee’s “Brea” from his recently released project The Odd Tape. The album was just released on vinyl this week, as well. The Odd Tape is a musical journey through Odd’s day. The Director, Ryan Calavano, who has directed videos for Dag Savage, Co$$, Open Mike Eagle and more, captures the vibe of “Brea” beautifully.
Purchase: Oddisee – The Odd Tape (iTunes)
Purchase: Oddisee – The Odd Tape (Physical)
Welcome back to the Comprehensive Beatdown, Episode 11. This week, Silent G and Bloggy Bonilla tackle “The Good Fight,” the newest offering from Oddisee through Mello Music Group. Oddisee handles all the production and rapping on the record, as he continues to evolve his sound as well as his lyrical acumen. Guests on the record include Maimouna Youseff, Nick Hakim, Tranqill, and Gary Clarke Jr. The guys also check out a track from the most recent Oh No & Alchemist collaboration as well as songs from the new Blueprint and Nosaj Thing records. The local track for the week is supplied by Jackson, MS based artist Spook.
Thanks as always for listening. We will be taking a break next week, so look for us again in a couple weeks.
In Long Beach, CA there exists a collective of skaters called Hammer City who hail from the 14th Street area. Not a notoriously “nice” area, drugs litter alleys and gangs control the streets. In the middle of all this madness, Hammer City carved out a place for themselves at Michael K. Green Skate Park. Named after the founder of Hammer City who was killed in 2005, while he wasn’t the intended target of the slaying, his death served as a vivid reminder of the dangerous neighborhood they live in. Still the crew forges on. In the video for Oddisee’s “Caprice Down” from Something Beautiful Like The Truth, the groups takes us on a ride through the breath taking Long Beach streets. The video was directed by Jeremy Ian Thomas, known previously as Surreal, an underground emcee who released a couple projects before deciding to attend Film School in Los Angeles.
PURCHASE: ODDISEE – SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL LIKE THE TRUTH
There IS a box and you should work outside of it. Jakarta Records, enlisted Oddisee to work with some artists from Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia. Here we have a young Egyptian singer, Maryam Saleh and I have no idea what she is saying but it’s beautiful. I am anxious to hear more from the project.
Some time ago I worked for a Berlin based NGO called MICT while running Jakarta Records. During this time I helped organize a recording session in Tunisia with 9 female singers and musicians from Tunisia, Libya & Egypt together with Oddisee and Olof Dreijer of The Knife. “Nouh Al Hamam” by egyptian singer Maryam Saleh is the first leak of the project. You can pre-order the vinyl here. Below you can find the infos for this project….
A little less then three years ago the political situation in many countries of the Arab world changed dramatically. Uprisings started in rural areas of Tunisia and from there spread to various countries in the region. Millions gathered in the streets united by their demand for more democracy, rights and participation in the political process. In most cases the reaction of the governing dictators were relentless and severe towards every form of protests. Violence in the streets of Cairo, Tunis and Bengasi escalated and resulted in the overthrow of the governments in Tunisia, Egypt and Lybia.
A year later a group of female singers and musicians from Tunisia (Nawel Ben Kraiem, Badiaa Bouhrizi, Medusa, Houwaida), Libya (Nada) and Egypt (Donia Massoud, Maryam Saleh, Youssra El Hawary) met in Mohsen Matri Studio in Tunis to sing- against corruption, despotism, patronization and narrow-mindedness. The song with Syrian artist Rasha Rizk was recorded some months later in her political asylum in Cairo. Sudanese/American producer Oddisee and Olof Dreijer of the Swedish pop duo The Knife joined the session, participating in the creation of the musical backdrop as well as the often multi-instrumentalist female singers. For the vinyl edition producers such as Brenk, Blackjoy and Blundetto contributed remix versions of the project.
At the time and still today especially musicians and especially women were and are trapped in a spiral of repression, discrimination and violence. “Sawtuha” (Arabic for “her voice”), the album that is the product of the 2-week session, is a vital encouraging testament of rebellion against the repression of democratic rights, gender inequality, and lack of inclusion. The music is an organic mixture of traditional Arabic music, regional influences and various forms of contemporary Western musical genres. A mixture that may sound contradicting at first but makes total sense once you listen to the music.
The studio session was organized by the Berlin based NGO MICT (Media In Cooperation And Transition) and was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office
Mello Music Group is preparing to release Mandala Vol. 1, Polysonic Flows on January 24th, 2014. Their first taste from the compilation is an Oddisee Track “Invisible Walls”. A track he both produced and raps on. The album will be a work showcasing the labels ever evolving roster of emcees and producers, artist like yU, Quelle Chris, Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, L’Orange, and more.
J-Live sends over a new little ditty explaining how “Money Matters”, taken from his new album Around The Sun dropping Spring of 2014. It’s a thin line that separates the underground from mainstream artistry. J-Live has never bothered with the line, he has consistently made quality music over the last couple decades in the rap game. Regardless of trends, he has kept his musical integrity intact. Here he drops some experience over Oddisee production.
yU released The Earn last year on Mello Music Group, the album was well received and yU has been rising quickly in the Hip-Hop ranks. Oddisee brings us back to the album with his remix to “I Believe” from the album. He changes up the chorus and repackages the track. The result is a really clean remix, which does what a remix is supposed to do, create a new version of a previous work.
Mellow Music Group is probably one of the best doing it right now, if not THE best. Their latest compilation of music from it’s artists is called, Self Sacrifice. It features tracks from yU, Gensu Dean, Apollo Brown, Black Milk, Kenn Starr, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Hassaan Mackey and many many more. This track from Oddisee is also featured and can be downloaded for free by visiting their bandcamp page.