oddisee – people hear what they see

Oddisee - People Hear What They See coverUS producer Oddisee must be going after James Brown’s title “The Hardest Working Man In Showbiz”, since his latest full-length release “People Hear What They See” is his (correct me if I’m wrong) 14th album since dropping “Instrumental Mixtape Volume 1″ in 2005. And that’s not counting his work for Diamond District, Low Budget and his countless features and production credits. Damn.


Oddisee’s style is characterized by being a mixture of closely-related genre’s. He has the dusty sound of golden-era hip hop but the arrangements lie closer to the soulful side than boom-bap, even bordering on acid-jazz. Although his way of sampling is non-traditional, he does it so smooth that it still has that nice looping-bars feel. By combining this basis with multiple sample cuts and played elements from both traditional piano’s, horns and synths the compositions are so extensive that many instrumentalists in bands should be jealous.


As with the music, Odd continues to walk the the line between between bragging and storytelling. He’s not self-indulgent as most of the so-called conscious MC’s, and while displaying a mature dose of cockyness he doesn’t go as far as just delivering 2-bar punchlines.


The lyrics on this release are mostly influenced by outside experience, as is stated at the album notes: “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.” So now we’ve got the music which is a combination of excerpts, and the lyrics that have their roots in other peoples’ struggles. All we need now are a couple of features to top it off: Olivier Daysoul, Diamond District, Ralph Real and Tranqill.


In short Oddisee’s “People Hear What They See” is a down-to-earth but more-than-just-hip-hop album that critics should check out. Rhymes with content, beats with flavor and an overall musical feel. Get the release at the Mello Music Group Bandcamp for USD 8.99, and get your Oddisee Facebook and Twitter on!


Next to the usual 2 clips there’s a nice vid of people on the street checking out this album. Don’t miss!