There’s being musically prolific and then there’s Oddisee. The guy’s put out a full football team’s worth of albums since 2008*. Ok so two of them were with his crew Diamond District, but still, that’s one heck of back catalogue. This doesn’t include the mixtapes, EPs, guest appearances … we could go on.
His latest offering ‘The Iceberg’ is laced with the kind of deep and thoughtful lyrical content you would expect from such an astute MC. He isn’t shy of tackling the burning issues of the day. There’s talk about materialism on the bouncy track ‘Things’. Gender inequality gets tackled on ‘Hold It Back’ (“I make more than my sister, ‘cos I was born as a Mr. And I ain’t never been to college, and she graduated honours, yet the bosses think that I’m a better fit [uh]”). Then there’s his reflections on the development of racial tension within US communities on ‘You Grew Up’.
For us, one of the stand out features is the musical arrangement, particularly the clarity of the bass lines that underpin each track. They’re melodic and complex but never draw too much attention from the message that Oddisee’s words deliver.
We have to say, the Mello Music camp is damn hot right now. Grab your copy direct from Oddisee’s bandcamp page (along with many of his other relases).
* 101 (2008), Mental Liberation (2009), New Money (2009), In the Ruff (2009), Traveling Man (2010), People Hear What They See (2012), The Beauty In All (2013), Tangible Dream (2013), March on Washington (2014), The Good Fight (2015), The Iceberg (2017)