Producer/emcee Oddisee and his band Mammoth made a recent appearance at Tone’s “Live at the Loft” series. Hosted by Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg and with DJ Jasmine Solano on the 1 and 2s, it was indeed a very festive night. If you’ve been sleeping, make sure to cop Oddisee’s latest album, People Hear What They See, HERE.
A little over a month out from his Stones Throw debut (First of a Dying Breed), Homeboy Sandman offers the first leak from project entitled “Watchu Want From Me.” The album is set for a September 18 release.
“I’m still a conscious rapper aware that I’m a hypocrite…”
Producer 14KT is letting several of his Mello Music Group labelmates take a stab at laying vocals over his recently released instrumental album A Friendly Game of KT. Oddisee’s rhymes detail keeping your ego in check while Olivier Daysoul handles the chorus.
In celebration of the national release of People Hear What They See, Oddisee and Olivier Daysoul join their talents for the bonus cut “You Know Who You Are.” The original is a strong offering in itself, but the stripping away of the production gives more power to Oddisee’s narrative voice. His flow and breath control sharp and cogent, making it clear for new listeners this is one emcee whose talents don’t rely on studio enhancements.
At some point, the daily grind wears on the soul. In the world of Hip-Hop, that grind is exacerbated by the importance of image and rigid constructs of what’s considered authentic. Enter Oddisee, whose “Hustle Off” gives a different perspective on the currently celebrated Hip-Hop mantra of “24/7 hustling.” Before checking out the song, read about the overall direction Oddisee’s taking with his new LP People Hear What They See. The album can be pre-ordered HERE.
This album is about influence, inspiration, perception & reality. Every song was written in an outside environment, so that I could observe the subjects that would become my subject matter. All too often in Hip Hop, reality is limited to that of the artists own, actual experiences. People Hear What They See is my attempt to liberate the MC from those constraints & allow reality to be penned other than my own. Listening to congressmen & lawyers converse on the steps of the supreme court inspired ‘American Greed’, Watching a couple argue over the phone in a bar inspired ‘Maybes’. By having a visual representation of my subject matter, my hopes are that the listener will see them through the worlds & melodies of my songs.
If you want a glimpse of Oddisee’s devotion to his adopted craft of Hip-Hop music, his new track “Slow It Down” is a great starting point. Orchestral samples sometimes can overpower an emcee’s voice, but here the arrangements are spaced out enough for Oddisee’s vocals to work freely. The flow is conversational as he details the need for being a calculated risk-taker and tireless worker in pursuit of his dreams. That mindset illuminates the song’s second half, where he details the futility of a lover’s challenge to make him chose between her and his passion for music.
Oddisee’s new album Self Sacrifice drops “officially” on March 27, but is available now via iTunes. The LP features appearances from O.C., Black Milk, Georgia Ann Muldrow, Kev Brown, Roc Marciano and more.
Who else is loving this new trend of everyone dropping EPs? It reminds me in the mid 90s with Pac sparked everyone dropping double albums. The big difference now is you’re getting all this music for FREE! First up is producer Oddisee, who’s been grinding heavily this year. Fresh off his high quality work with Trek Life’s Everything Changed Nothing album, he’s links up with Stik Figa for a new this EP called From the Top. The pair will follow-up this 5 song project with a full album in 2011.
REDMAN HAS BREAKFAST FOR THE STREETS
Before you hear Redman’s Reggie album next week (December 7), check out his new mixtape Pancake & Syrup. The full tracklist follows the download link.
Why drop one EP, when you can release two? That’s the philosophy behind producer IMAKEMADBEATS’ new project Daylight, which is the first offering of a two-part series (Daylight/Nightlight). Calling both Memphis and Orlando home, his aim to have the songs speak on the “duality of life,” and he’s enlisted rappers Butta Verses (Daylight) and Midaz The Beast (Nightlight). The free versions of each project will be edited, while the later physical copies will be uncensored.
The Nightlight EP will hit the net on January 18, 2011.
Detroit native Boog Brown is still receiving a lot of due praise for his Apollo Brown produced full-length Brown Study. For the production heads, Mello Music Group has released a full instrumental version of the album. Apollo had a lot of diverse sounds on here, so feel free to sit back and groove to them, or offer your own interpretations if you’re an emcee. The download below is FREE, along with streaming links of each song. For those who haven’t heard Boog’s rhymes, a few of the regular tracks have been included as well. Remember to pick up the actual the album if you like what you’re hearing.
BOOG BROWN FEAT. POODIE THE BYZ “MY LOVE”
BOOG BROWN “JUST BE”
Another well-made album to drop this year was Trek Life’s Everything Changed Nothing. The entire album was produced by Oddisee, so it goes without saying that production on this one is quality. You can check out the streaming link as a preview. I got the chance to see Trek Life last month when he came through ATL for the A3C festival. If you hear about him coming through your town, he’s well worth your money and time.
With the recent BET special “My Mic Sounds Nice”, Nicki Minaj at the MTV Awards, and Rah Digga dropping today after a 10 year hiatus, female emcees have been thankfully getting more attention. An unsung emcee doing her thing here in ATL is Boog Brown, who on September 28 will release her first full-length LP with Apollo Brown entitled Brown Study. “The Essence,” a non-album track, was released over the summer with a video and featured prominently on “My Mic Sounds Nice.” This week, she teamed up with Oddisee to drop a dope remix for “The Essence.” Compare with the original and determine which one you prefer. Follow Brown on Twitter @boogbrown and on Facebook.
Speaking of Rah Digga, Judgment Day arrived today with her first album in 10 years, Classic. With only 10 tracks and a cover that’s a tribute to her favorite album Illmatic, Digga has put a lot of pressure on herself with a title that accepts nothing less than perfection. Does the first lady of Brick City deliver? Check out this album sampler from King Most to get an informed opinion. Classic is available now through Amazon and iTunes.
“I consider myself one of the best new, young rappers, and one of the best active rappers right now. I’m on my no days off shit…”
Last month, Wale released his new mixtape More About Nothing. The Seinfeld-inspired project got decent buzz and even became a high trending topic on Twitter. He’s seeking to build on that success with the new video “The Work,” which attempts to show his fans outside of Washington, DC different, lesser known parts of the city. Shout out to Bank Films who shot the clip.
666 Is DJ Muggs and Ill Bill’s Number
Kill Devil Hills is in stores now, and the duo of DJ Muggs and Ill Bill just keep rolling out video after video. In August, fans got a bloody shootout as the visual representation for “Ill Bill TV.” Then, Raekwon joined the pair for a caper on “Chase Manhattan.” Now, the conspiratorial ”Illuminati 666″ gets the early 80s animated treatment. Muggs and Bill are promising yet another video which will serve as the conclusion to the saga.
Skyzoo & !llmind “Tales of the Tape” Episode #2
Skyzoo and !llmind have delivered the second episode of their four-part web series leading up to the October 2 release of their collaboration album Live From the Tape Deck. Skyzoo was adamant that for this LP, he didn’t want a rehash project trying to relive the glory years of NY boom bap.
“One thing I told !llmind is that I didn’t want to sound boom bap,” Skyzoo explained. “I don’t want it to sound like what people think those terms mean. What people think those terms mean sounds like ’92 and ’93. That’s great, [but] I don’t want to recycle.”
Love the Omar Little t-shirt Skyzoo is rocking. If you missed the first leak “Frisbees,” you can peep the video here.