Oddisee Embraces A Communal Reality On “Hustle Off” & New Album

Posted: April 11, 2012 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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“A mental vacation/Something we all need…”

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.


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