Monday, 23 July 2012


I've been meaning to blog this for a while, this is Oddisee's latest album 'People Hear What They See' released last month, June 5th, via Mello Music Group. I first heard of Oddisee through fellow Diamond District member, yU. I remember hearing 'Beach Dr.' off his instrumental rap album 'Rock Creek Park' and instantly loved his style and the production of the tracks. I then heard the odd song off this new album a few weeks ago and he does not fail to deliver with the tracks on here. On this album he raps about the world around him and says:
"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."

On this album you can really feel the soul influences coming through, with the funk style bass lines being the underlay of the majority of the tracks, with strong classic hip hop percussion laid over. Mixed in are a variety of strings, piano, horns, riffs and samples that add to that unique production style he has created. I think my favourites have to be 'Ready To Rock' and 'You Know Who You Are' though, honestly, there is not one track i dislike on here, my thoughts were much the same as with Apollo Brown & OC's album 'Trophies'. Two solid hip hop albums that I could listen to over and over. You need to give this gem a listen, and you can, below.
You can purchase the album here.
See related post, Apollo Brown & OC's album 'Trophies' here.

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