Posts Tagged ‘Oddisee’
OK we are all back from our holiday fun and it is time to start the New Year off right with the appropriately titled mixtape One One Ten. XO had one hell of a year last year and if the Diamond District member keeps his buzz going this very well could be the year he gets signed to a major. I haven’t had a chance to check out all the tracks on the tape yet but seeing Oddisee and AB the Producer handling the bulk of the production duties makes me psyched to throw it in on and give it a good listen. As always, grab the link and the tracklist below the break.
Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon: The End Of Day
This was not an easy choice. I was struggling between this and Mos Def’s The Ecstatic for weeks, but ultimately, I felt that Kid Cudi’s Man On The Moon: The End Of Day was the more complete album. Presented as a mini-movie with its division into acts, narration by Common, and movie poster included with the CD, this album took the listener on a trip through Cudder’s mind. Not much straight rapping is actually done on the album (only a few tracks have verses that are solely rapped), but it still felt like hip-hop. Man On The Moon is so far the greatest work expressing the new school of thought in hip-hop, which proves that the genre is not defined as songs performed through rapping just as rock is not defined as songs with guitars. The production on this album was fantastic and it works well with the concept of a voyage through the mind. All that being said, Kid Cudi doesn’t let the album get weighed down by deep, heavy tracks and keeps it all in check with the inclusion of some more light-hearted songs like “Make Her Say” and “Pursuit Of Happiness”. Is Cudi a lyrical maestro? Absoulutely not. But this only makes me eager to see what he’ll be able to achieve once he becomes a more developed artist.
See which albums made the list of honorable mentions after the jump.
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I need to take a break after typing out that title, it easily wins for longest title of the year. Seriously though, it is time to play a little bit of catch up. I didn’t have the opportunity to post at all this morning due to a long night celebrating my birthday but now is the time to make up for it. This song is off of J-Scrilla’s Culture of Honor album so get it if you support the DMV movement because this song alone is bringing half of the artists haha.
This is a topic of conversation for anyone who is from the area and also something I have attempted to explain outsiders but I think Oddisee breaks it down better than I ever did. Being in the middle of the North and South gives the area a unique sound and I’m glad artists are recognizing their ability to create something different for ourselves in the DMV. Below the break check him and YU talking about their single for Diamond District called “I Mean Business”. Shouts to NodFactor for the interview, now go cop that album.
This instrumental tape by Oddisee comes just in time as the weather is starting to turn cold up here and a week or so before his group, Diamond District, drop their album In the Ruff.
Shouts to PMOI for the tape! Grab the download and tracklist below the break.
In preparation for their upcoming album, In the Ruff, the DMV trio release this mixtape.
Yep, it is a DMV classic already. Yeah, I just said that! Grab the link below the break.
OK so I don’t normally do this and really don’t expect to do this more often after this, but you really need to pre-order this album. I have no affiliation with anyone on this album except for the fact that it could be is one of my favorite albums of the year. No bullshit, this and Kid Cudi’s album are the top two albums I have listened to this year. Oddisee, XO and Yu bring some of the realest hip-hop I have heard from the DMV ever and it is a must cop on this Oct. 27th. The beats, the rhymes, everything just give us (the DMV) such an identity to strive for and they just get everything about hip-hop right. I could go on but I won’t, you need this album! Grab the tracklist below the break.
Sadly, I don’t have enough time with my job and other responsibilities to post everything I want to on this site and many a song and project slip through the cracks here. This happens to be one of those projects and thanks to DJBooth I was able to catch this song and now have the honor of posting it for the masses. As you all know, I am from the DMV and do my best to rep their artists on here and I honestly can’t think of a better track that does that then this one. J-Scrilla is a producer from the area who has worked with a lot of the artists on the scene (as evidenced by this song alone) and he recently released his tape Culture of Honor with a ton of them on there and you should definitely check it out, especially if you are into the whole DMV movement.
Oddisee is one of my favorite producers and he always has some real shit to say in his rhymes too. This song is about how the DMV area is “on to something”, and if we continue the way we have been we will be on to something big. The beat for this song is real soulful with the sample and the old school drum beat. He then proceeds in his rhymes to call out just about everyone who he is affiliated with and pretty much the whole DMV. This song is off of the FWMJ’s Rappers I Know x Funkadelic Freestyles Volume 1: The Off Season releasing August 4th, go get it!
Download: Oddisee – “We On To Something”
I’m really pissed I haven’t made it to one of these yet. Here is what OkayPlayer had to say about their video.
Check The Roots out on Tuesday in NYC at Highline Ballroom for their next Jam session.