Like many of today’s rappers, Oddisee is a hands on artist, weather that is in the studio, producing his own music, writing lyrics or performing live to fans across the globe.
Oddisee, aka Amir Mohamed el Khalifa, has built a reputation among hip-hop fans all around the world whether that be performing with his group Diamond District or on his own. With releases through Halftooth Records, Mello Music Group and All City Records, the former member of Low Budget Crew has proved that he is certainly not scared to express his opinion through music, no matter what imprint he releases his records on. He has also worked with notorious, world-renowned performers such as Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus and J Cole.
There is something authentic about Oddisee, his music and even his lifestyle. He doesn’t claim to be a flashy hip-hop artist, much like the ones we see and hear on a day-to-day basis. He explains, “I live in a gentrified part of Brooklyn, I eat out several times a week, I travel the world sampling the best that cities across the globe have to offer. Do I live in a penthouse loft? Am I dining in five star restaurants? Can you only find me in the most exclusive areas? Do I own a jet? The answer to all the above is most certainly no. I’m just a regular man from Prince George’s county, Maryland that figured shit out.”
Last year’s album, The Good Fight, saw the Sudanese-American emcee finally bring all of his strengths to the forefront, creating a solid hip hop record that flooded with confidence, charisma and energy. The album displayed both quality and intention, something many artist’s struggle to deliver coherently.
The newest edition in the Brooklyn based musician’s back catalogue is a solid and gratifying beat-tape entitled The Odd Tape. The album displays a fine mixture of jazzy, intellectual instrumentals; the album speaks for itself without any lyrics to mask the raw authority of each individual track.
Oddisee will be bringing his smooth blend of cultured and sophisticated hip-hop productions to Patterns in Brighton on July 2nd.