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Oddisee

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Washington, D.C. (1999 – present)

The son of Sudanese and American parents, Amir Mohamed was born and raised in the United States capital city of Washington, D.C., spending hot summers in Khartoum learning Arabic and swimming in the Nile. Growing up amidst the sounds of New York hip hop, his father playing Oud, Go-Go, and gospel, Amir took his first steps as an MC producer in the analog basement studio of his legendary neighbor, Garry Shider (Parliament Funkadelic).

Since producing and performing the hit track “Musik Lounge” for DJ Jazzy Jeff’s “Magnificent” LP, Amir “Oddisee” Mohamed has pushed his involvement in the music industry into fifth gear. Taking advantage of working at A Touch of Jazz studios, Oddisee has incorporated the neo soul vibe of Philly into his eclectic and well decorated resume. Coming from a diverse background, the half Sudanese half African American was blessed with musical talent from both sides of his family. Oddisee was influenced by the accomplished singers, guitarists, and poets on his Sudanese side, and on his American side, by the gospel singers, blue grass guitar players, and older cousins who gave him his first taste of hip-hop. Ironically, it was his Sudanese father that gave Oddisee the vinyl that fueled his passion for producing hip-hop music.

Since turning his focus towards hip-hop in 1999, Oddisee has worked with the likes of Gary Shider of Parliament and Funkadelic, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Talib Kweli, J-Live, Asheru, Little Brother, and many other respected recording artists.

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  • volatyle

    Can't believe I just discovered this guy.

    25 Jun 7:53pm Reply
  • mopsmolch

    Such a good concert yesterday! Had lots of fun!

    23 Jun 7:43pm Reply
  • ZipZapRap

    Tangible Dream is just...just...

    5 May 4:49pm Reply
  • LamarMatic

    Tangible Dream!!!

    7 Apr 2:12pm Reply
  • sjm26b

    Surpised that Oddisee's music was in "Schooled: The Price of College Sports." had me moving

    14 Mar 8:35pm Reply
  • piccochimusic

    Oddisee - Back Of My Mind (Official Video) http://www.ok-tho.com/2014/03/oddisee-back-of-my-mind-official-video.html

    14 Mar 12:30am Reply
  • jonnylion

    Really good

    7 Mar 11:17pm Reply
  • salvminerva

    Dude is criminally underrated.

    27 Jan 9:45am Reply
  • TheAbbott

    Last two releases are both just ridiculous. He should tour the UK.

    26 Jan 12:51pm Reply
  • ObeseBurnVictim

    Oddisee continues to be one of the best talents in hip hop. Dude is criminally underrated.

    19 Jan 12:52am Reply
  • gangatheloon

    genius

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Dead-Disnee

    Tangible Dream is so fucking dope. Most def one of my favorite albums of '13

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • felipexiz

    Tangible Dream... the album of the year!

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • HipHop1984

    tangible dream is such an honest album. amazing.

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DontBelieveHype

    Tavelling Man is a Dilla flava album, but if you hear his most recent stuff (Rock Creek to The Beauty in All) you quickly see that he has his own vision of making a nice crossover between funk and hip hop. I think he's very creative and gifted and a seriosuly underrated producer.

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DaGoodfella82

    New album and mixtape are great. This guy is the truth.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Chingy314

    dilla copycat? nigga what :D oddisee got own unique style to makin beats, he doesn't sound like other cats but that's my opinion ofcourse...

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • axelboom

    how can you not love oddisee. always on point

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • apex17

    one of my favorite producers out there...new album is awesome

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • nastYtribe

    you know, what I like about his instrumentals is that they're quite simple in terms of using samples, melodic, not short yet not tedious to listen and to me, it seems like he puts his soul into his beats, long story short - not your average J Dilla copycat

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
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