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Background information
Birth name Amir Mohamed
Born Washington, D.C.
Origin Largo, Prince George's County, Maryland[1]
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer
Years active 2002–present
Labels Mello Music Group, Oddisee Music



Amir Mohamed, better known by his stage name Oddisee, is an American rapper and producer from Washington, DC.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Oddisee was raised by his African American mother and Sudanese father. According to a National Public Radio interview, 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.[3] He moved to Washington DC after high school.[3]

In 2010, Oddisee released Traveling Man on Mello Music Group.[4] His Odd Spring mixtape was listed on the Washington Post's Best Local Hip-Hop mixtapes of 2010.[5] In 2011, Oddisee released Rock Creek Park, which was ranked as a Mixtape of the Week by Stereogum.[6] Odd Seasons, a collection of EPs released throughout the previous 12 months, was also released that year.[7] He released the album titled People Hear What They See in 2012.[8] The Beauty in All, his first instrumental release since Rock Creek Park, was released in 2013.[9] In that year, he also released Tangible Dream.[10] In May 2015 he released his 3rd solo album, the critically acclaimed "The Good Fight".

Style and influences[edit]

Oddisee was originally influenced by his parents' heritages, combined with a hip-hop influence from his older cousins. In an interview with NPR, he 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.[3]


Studio albums[edit]

  • In the Ruff (2009) (with YU and Uptown XO, as Diamond District)
  • Traveling Man (Instrumental, 2010)
  • Rock Creek Park (Instrumental, 2011)
  • People Hear What They See (2012)
  • The Beauty in All (Instrumental, 2013)
  • Tangible Dream (2013)
  • March on Washington (2014) (with YU and Uptown XO, as Diamond District)
  • The Good Fight (2015)


  • Odd Summer (2009)
  • Odd Autumn (2009)
  • Odd Winter (2010)
  • Odd Spring (2010)


  • Odd Renditions EP (2012)


  • "Show You" b/w "Part of the World" (2006) (with Hudson Mohawke & Mike Slott as Heralds of Change)
  • "Slow It Down" (2012)
  • "Ain't That Peculiar (Remix)" (2013)
  • "Lost Cause" (2014) (with YU and Uptown XO, as Diamond District)
  • "That's Love" (2015)

Guest appearances[edit]



  1. ^ Oddisee- “From Largo With Love” Retrieved 2014-10-31.
  2. ^ Fox, Luke (December 2012). "Oddisee". Exclaim!. 
  3. ^ a b c Raz, Guy (July 3, 2010). "Oddisee: Hip-Hop Leaves the City". National Public Radio. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Martin, Andrew (February 11, 2010). "Oddisee: Traveling Man". PopMatters. 
  5. ^ David Malitz, The Washington Post, ISSN 0190-8286, December 24, 2010, p. T.6
  6. ^ Breihan, Tom (September 21, 2011). "Mixtape Of The Week: Oddisee Rock Creek Park". Stereogum. 
  7. ^ Weiss, Jeff. "Other oddities: Oddisee premieres 'I'm From PG' off his 'Odd Seasons' LP". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ Soderberg, Brandon (May 29, 2012). "First Spin: Hear Oddisee's 'People Hear What They See'". Spin. 
  9. ^ Moore, Marcus J. (July 10, 2013). "Oddisee - The Beauty In All". Clash. 
  10. ^ Fairfax, Jesse (December 28, 2013). "The Top Projects We Missed In 2013". HipHopDX. 

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