|Birth name||Amir Mohamed el Khalifa|
|Origin||Prince George's County, Maryland|
|Labels||Halftooth Records, Mello Music Group, Oddisee Music, All City Records|
|Associated acts||Diamond District, Low Budget Crew, Trek Life, Eric Lau, Heralds of Change, Damu the Fudgemunk, DTMD|
Amir Mohamed el Khalifa, better known by his stage name Oddisee, is an American rapper and producer from Washington, DC. He is one third of Diamond District. He is also part of the Low Budget Crew.
Life and career
Oddisee was raised by his African American mother and Sudanese father. According to a National Public Radio interview with el Khalifa, Prince George's County is one of the wealthiest African American counties in the nation but borders some of the DC area's roughest parts. He moved to Washington after high school.
In 2010, Oddisee released Traveling Man on Mello Music Group. His Odd Spring mixtape was listed on the Washington Post's Best Local Hip-Hop mixtapes of 2010. In 2011, Oddisee released Rock Creek Park, which was ranked as a Mixtape of the Week by Stereogum. Odd Seasons, a collection of EPs released throughout the previous 12 months, was also released that year. He released the album titled People Hear What They See in 2012. The Beauty in All, his first instrumental release since Rock Creek Park, was released in 2013.
Style and influences
Oddisee was originally influenced by his parents' heritages, combined with a hip-hop influence from his older cousins. In an interview with NPR, Mohamed explained why he was influenced by early East Coast emcees such as Rakim and A Tribe Called Quest. He said: "These rappers don't talk about drugs or murder, and I can relate more to their lyrics." His lyrics have touched on a variety of subjects, which include his hometown, boredom, and inequality. This is clearest in his song "I'm from PG," which is a direct ode to his hometown. Oddisee identifies with an assortment of emcees from the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland areas who share a similar sound. This area is known as the DMV. These emcees share a similar determination to create original music using swinging percussion and identifiable rhythms. Oddisee has often said that his favorite producer is Chief Tony from Virginia, Minnesota.
- 101 (2008)
- Mental Liberation (2009)
- New Money (2009) (with Trek Life)
- Traveling Man (2010)
- People Hear What They See (2012)
- The Beauty in All (2013)
- Tangible Dream (2013)
- Odd Seasons (2011)
- Instrumental Mixtape Volume One (2005)
- The Remixture Vol. 1 (2006
- Foot in the Door (2006)
- Instrumental Mixtape Vol. 2 (2006)
- Odd Summer (2009)
- Odd Autumn (2009)
- Odd Winter (2010)
- Odd Spring (2010)
- Rock Creek Park (2011)
- Tangible Dream (2013)
- Good Tree EP (2008)
- Hear My Dear EP (2008)
- "Show You" b/w "Part of the World" (2006) (with Heralds of Change)
- "Once Again" (2006)
- "101" (2008)
- "Slow It Down" (2012)
- DJ Jazzy Jeff - "Musik Lounge" from The Magnificent (2002)
- The Foreign Exchange - "The Answer" from Connected (2004)
- Kenn Starr - "Nothing But Time" from Starr Status (2006)
- SoulStice - "Get It Right" from Dead Letter Perfect (2007)
- J-Live - "The Upgrade" from Then What Happened? (2008)
- Apollo Brown - "The Times" from Clouds (2011)
- Trek Life - "Might Sound Crazy" from Wouldn't Change Nothing (2011)
- Trek Life - "We Good" from Hometown Foreigner (2013)
- Eric Lau - "Rise Up" from One of Many (2013)
- J-Live - "Aaw Yeah" from The Hear After (2005)
- Sareem Poems - "Tell It" and "She So" from Black and Read All Over (2009)
- Substantial - "Check My Resume", "Make Believe", "Shit on My Lawn", "Umoja", and "Movin Alright" from Home Is Where the Art Is (2010)
- Verbal Kent - "In the Beginning" from Save Your Friends (2010)
- Trek Life - "Ready to Live", "Still Never Rains", "As the World Turns", "Everything Changed Nothing", “Wow", "Due West", "So Supreme", "I'd Rather Be", "So LA", "Jump Out There", and "Might Sound Crazy" from Everything Changed Nothing (2010)
- Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime - "Get Up Gogo" from Heaven or Hell (2010)
- Trek Life - "Get in Touch" and "Wouldn't Change Nothing" from Wouldn't Change Nothing (2011)
- Has-Lo - "Last Day of School" from Conversation B (2011)
- Homeboy Sandman - "Whatchu Want from Me?" from First of a Living Breed (2012)
- Joey Badass - "Sorry Bonita" from Summer Knights (2013)
- King Mez - "New Vinyl" (2014)
- Fox, Luke (December 2012). "Oddisee". Exclaim!.
- Hyden, Steven (June 3, 2012). "Oddisee". The A.V. Club.
- Zirm, Jordan (July 19, 2012). "Interview: Oddisee Talks About "People Hear What They See" And His Strategy To Remain Unknown". Complex.
- Raz, Guy (July 3, 2010). "Oddisee: Hip-Hop Leaves the City". National Public Radio. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- Martin, Andrew (February 11, 2010). "Oddisee: Traveling Man". PopMatters.
- David Malitz, The Washington Post, ISSN 0190-8286, December 24, 2010, p. T.6
- Breihan, Tom (September 21, 2011). "Mixtape Of The Week: Oddisee Rock Creek Park". Stereogum.
- Weiss, Jeff. "Other oddities: Oddisee premieres 'I'm From PG' off his 'Odd Seasons' LP". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
- Soderberg, Brandon (May 29, 2012). "First Spin: Hear Oddisee's 'People Hear What They See'". Spin.
- Moore, Marcus J. (July 10, 2013). "Oddisee - The Beauty In All". Clash.