Oddisee - I'm From PG
Being from Washington, D.C., the reflexive comparison for Oddisee is Wale, who shares a similar penchant for soul beats anchored by drum fills and nasal, drawling rhymes (possibly influenced by D.C. go-go music). But Oddisee also produces his tracks, and unlike Wale's high-pitched vocals, he has a deeper and more aggressive voice and delivery that make some of his boasts, biographical tales, and social commentary hit with a different sense of urgency. On "I'm From PG"—the "PG" stands for Prince George's County—a psychedelic wah guitar, flute loop, strings, and tumbling drums are the musical set for a track that's concerned with Oddisee's need to assert his principles and convictions, frequently tested by record labels and local leeches. Oddisee's new album, Odd Seasons, out now on Mello Music Group, features 30 (!) more tracks with a similar array of gorgeous, warped instrumentals (the album is mostly instrumental) and absorbing lyrical yarns.