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Oddisee Drops Debut/Potential Album of the Year: People Hear What They See

RuffDraft
RuffDraft Members, Writer Posts: 4,753 ✭✭✭✭
edited July 2012 in The Essence
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Oddisee has been a long time favourite around these parts, mainly for his production on albums such as the Odd Summer EP, Travelling Man or 102 to Odd Seasons, In the Ruff (With Diamond District) and a range of other releases by Mello Music Group.

With his first solo album, Oddisee drops with no-lesser production than we've come to expect from him… in fact, it's better following first listen as Oddisee is a nice emcee, with a range of quoteables such as "I'm not a star, somebody lied, I ride the subway as a car". Moreover, the beats that he uses are harsher than we're used to, as we often relax and listen to Oddisee as he takes us on a journey through a season; but this album is harder, at least until 'The Real' kicks in with a much more mellow beat than 'Ready to Rock' and 'Do it All', but with his conscious lyrics and range of flow (he speeds and slows with different cadences regularly), he keeps the listener interested with samples aplenty.

Despite this, it's not until 'Let it Go' that Oddisee had me thinking this could be top 5 by the end of the year, as he completely owns the track on his first verse and the instrumentation is just nice and fitting. If anything, the hook by Olivier Daysoul (who puts in a nice performance on 'That Real' and 'The Need Superficial', as well as the bonus track at the bottom of this post), is its only downfall; everything else about this track is just nice. The topics he discusses and vibes over are fitting of a beatsmith who has such depth with his instrumentation.



I found myself cranking up the speakers on 'American Greed', as the beat bangs. Oddisee must have been spending time with Apollo Brown as the harsher instrumentation is head-nodding goodness. Oddisee continues the neck-snapping instrumentation when he drops 'The Need Superficial', which is a free download via his Bandcamp. The hook on this one works and is 'So, so, soulful' that you could hear Jay-Z saying it in the studio as though it was a Just Blaze or Kanye sample from back in the day, although this may be very complimentary, the soul is definitely there… as 'I need you!' rings out. I could dance to this one…

'One man's trash, is another man's pleasure' is first line of 'Way in Way Out', which features an anthemic beat that's overshadowed by Odd's lyrics and flow and can be listened to below:


One man's trash is another man's treasure/
but most men treasure what other men have/
so little thrown away to the many that will never/
grasp what few view as pennies in the grass/
& underneath the grass are the roots of inequality/
creating all the bumps we come across on the path/
& I don't have a green thumb & neither 🤬 /
& having a money tree is a luxury of class/
the only 🤬 I know for a flattering ass/
& when I asked could she dig it, she looked at me & laughed/
so we 🤬 in a barrel & barrel glass/
so we broke, 🤬 was the answer to cash/
but the question was never asked/
how I get off the path/
steady walking within a maze the was built in the last/
century, eventually we'll raise our hands/
but the teacher is apart of the scam, 🤬 damn/

Despite not being the best pensmanship, it works well due to the wisdom of the lines that are perhaps lacking even in the underground of Hip Hop.

As the album continues, 'You Know Who You Are' features a funky baseline, clap and piano loop, as Odd gives a special mention to someone who guided him on his journey through music and art. Breaking it down (see opening line of verse 2 below), Odd makes it easy to see that he followed this advice to a tee:
You were there from the start/
you told me what ever I'm doing to do it from the heart

Which is where hip hop started anyway, from the heart. It may have got lost along the way with the politics of labels and the need to make or do this or that and following trends, but music should never escape the heart. Once it does, it becomes lost, which isn't the case here.

Mannnn, Hip Hop is back and I'm thrilled to hear another gem this year; as Apollo Brown & O.C.'s 'Trophies' was looking lonely at the top. Mello Music Group are THE Independent Label and have been since two years ago; there isn't a label that challenges them for consistently good music, IMO and it's great to have them around. O.C.'s put himself on the map with this release and should now receive the props that Apollo's been receiving since he dropped 'Gas Mask' with The Left.

Whilst O.C. perhaps isn't AS talented as Apollo for harsher tracks, he comes close on this record and produces a much fuller sound that's worthy of an emcee with wisdom to spill. Oddisee's 'People Hear What They See' will be getting play for the rest of the year and will likely find its place in my top 5-10 albums come December.
Acoustic extra: You Know Who You Are Featuring Olivier Daysoul:


Oddisee, The Essence Salutes You!

Comments

  • traestar
    traestar Atlantic City, NJMembers Posts: 6,030 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Good to see Odd getting his salutes!! Props Ruff Draft!

    Eventually I will create a new album list and of course anything Oddisee or Trek Life will be copped.

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  • RuffDraft
    RuffDraft Members, Writer Posts: 4,753 ✭✭✭✭
    traestar wrote: »
    Good to see Odd getting his salutes!! Props Ruff Draft!

    Eventually I will create a new album list and of course anything Oddisee or Trek Life will be copped.

    3821459633-1.jpg

    Welcome, haha love the album lists you always be talking about!

    You got a chance to stream the album yet???
  • traestar
    traestar Atlantic City, NJMembers Posts: 6,030 ✭✭✭✭✭
    RuffDraft wrote: »
    traestar wrote: »
    Good to see Odd getting his salutes!! Props Ruff Draft!

    Eventually I will create a new album list and of course anything Oddisee or Trek Life will be copped.

    3821459633-1.jpg

    Welcome, haha love the album lists you always be talking about!

    You got a chance to stream the album yet???

    I will, the good thing about bandcamp is you could post them on your page and play infinitely before you even buy it.
    And honestly most of my music purchases have been digital, I haven't brought a disc in a minute (And I know theres classics out there!!)
  • RuffDraft
    RuffDraft Members, Writer Posts: 4,753 ✭✭✭✭
    traestar wrote: »
    RuffDraft wrote: »
    traestar wrote: »
    Good to see Odd getting his salutes!! Props Ruff Draft!

    Eventually I will create a new album list and of course anything Oddisee or Trek Life will be copped.

    3821459633-1.jpg

    Welcome, haha love the album lists you always be talking about!

    You got a chance to stream the album yet???

    I will, the good thing about bandcamp is you could post them on your page and play infinitely before you even buy it.
    And honestly most of my music purchases have been digital, I haven't brought a disc in a minute (And I know theres classics out there!!)

    I need to get a Bandcamp page… I listened to this album before copping the disc though; still have to wait until the end of the week before it arrives!

    Let us know what you think when you've listened to it!!!
  • Meta_Conscious
    Meta_Conscious Hypocrite The BashmentMembers Posts: 26,227 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I might check this out...
  • RuffDraft
    RuffDraft Members, Writer Posts: 4,753 ✭✭✭✭
    Stopitfive wrote: »
    I might check this out...

    You HAVE to check this out. Top 5 of the year.
  • Lou Cypher
    Lou Cypher Make Reasonable Choices. H. E. Double Hockey SticksMembers Posts: 52,521 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Love oddisee havent heard about this album tho. will peep for sure.
  • RuffDraft
    RuffDraft Members, Writer Posts: 4,753 ✭✭✭✭
    Lou Cypher wrote: »
    Love oddisee havent heard about this album tho. will peep for sure.

    Good man, you'll be pleased that you did!
  • achewon87
    achewon87 Mash Out Posse Survivor Series '97Members Posts: 5,464 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2012
    I really enjoyed this album, the instrumentation is unreal, only 1 sample was used for this album? The rest was all Oddisee, very impressed if that is the case. Very hard for me to choose between this and "Trophies" thus far, I think that this is superior to it in someways, but I am biased as O.C. is a rapper from my generation and I seem to be feeling it more. 100% quality either way. "That Real" is a standout for me. And "Ready to Rock" is on repeat in my head at the moment...lol
  • RuffDraft
    RuffDraft Members, Writer Posts: 4,753 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2012
    achewon87 wrote: »
    I really enjoyed this album, the instrumentation is unreal, only 1 sample was used for this album? The rest was all Oddisee, very impressed if that is the case. Very hard for me to choose between this and "Trophies" thus far, I think that this is superior to it in someways, but I am biased as O.C. is a rapper from my generation and I seem to be feeling it more. 100% quality either way. "That Real" is a standout for me. And "Ready to Rock" is on repeat in my head at the moment...lol

    @achewon87 I'm with you as to the two best albums thus far.

    Is that true about the lonesome sample? If so, agreed. But then Oddisee has always brought it production wise and seems really gifted on the boards… his use of Olivier Daysoul, or rather, his contribution to the album is epic too!

    Have you checked out the O.C. project with the rest of them that just dropped? Everyone is calling it an empty collaboration with boring beats and rhymes… which is surprising.

    Man… I actually feel the track that came after the album more so than anything on the actual disk - 'You Know Who You Are' Acoustic version with Olivier Daysoul. That track was a real underachiever on the album, I feel, but the solo guitar makes you wish for a complete album between the two. Oddisee's delivery is flawless.
  • achewon87
    achewon87 Mash Out Posse Survivor Series '97Members Posts: 5,464 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Just did some research on the album, it seems all the samples are recreated, so no actual samples were used. Same thing Naughty did with the ABC/Jackson 5 for O.P.P. and UGK did for the Ridin' 🤬 album.

    As for the O.C. project you mentioned, are you talking about the D.I.T.C. album? I did not know it dropped yet, I will be checking it out for sure.

    And I will need to check the acoustic version of "You Know Who You Are" your taking about here.
  • RuffDraft
    RuffDraft Members, Writer Posts: 4,753 ✭✭✭✭
    achewon87 wrote: »
    Just did some research on the album, it seems all the samples are recreated, so no actual samples were used. Same thing Naughty did with the ABC/Jackson 5 for O.P.P. and UGK did for the Ridin' 🤬 album.

    As for the O.C. project you mentioned, are you talking about the D.I.T.C. album? I did not know it dropped yet, I will be checking it out for sure.

    And I will need to check the acoustic version of "You Know Who You Are" your taking about here.

    @achewon87 Props on the research…

    No, I don't think that's dropped either yet. But it's called Luv NY. The album is by the same name. Group consists of Roc Marciano, Kool Keith, A.G. & O.C. (from D.I.T.C.), Kurious, and it's produced by Ray West.

    You can see the album here.

    But like I say, it's not received welcoming reviews from what I've read.

    You Know Who You Are the acoustic version is here, as posted at the top of the thread:

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