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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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  • colleenmedley

    So obsessed with The Good Fight. Can't. stop. listening.

    Yesterday 5:08am Reply
  • christophrbeato

    masterpiece

    4 May 3:22am Reply
  • shaolin86

    The Good Fight may well be my favourite album of the year so far.

    2 May 7:42pm Reply
  • Illest_Villain

    damn this is really nice

    1 May 8:37am Reply
  • shaolin86

    Dude never disappoints, another great addition to the Mello oeuvre.

    29 Apr 7:42pm Reply
  • k_maestro

    new album is amazing [2]

    28 Apr 8:15pm Reply
  • zuhanz

    That's Love <3

    27 Apr 2:46pm Reply
  • agentzerooo

    new album is amazing

    26 Apr 3:08pm Reply
  • Exzart

    nice

    23 Apr 2:40pm Reply
  • shaolin86

    The Good Fight is looking very promising, the singles are dope!

    6 Apr 8:49pm Reply
  • tarkmeenia

    That's ♡.

    13 Mar 7:16am Reply
  • FCA19795

    Been awhile since I listened to Oddisee, I missed at least 5 albums since 'Mental Liberation'! Not including his mixtapes. Even before 'Mental Liberation' I thought he was insanely underrated and a top dog in the [underground] hip hop game. Now....forget about it, IMHO, dude is the greatest producer/emcee ever.

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • teezle

    "Beauty In All" is one of the best instrumental albums out there, period.

    1 Oct 2014 Reply
  • dehumpn

    started dippin into his back catalogue, instrumental mixtape vol.1 is on form,

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • jdotperiod

    People Hear What They See is easily one of the best hip hop full-lengths of the last 5 years.

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
  • volatyle

    Can't believe I just discovered this guy.

    25 Jun 2014 Reply
  • mopsmolch

    Such a good concert yesterday! Had lots of fun!

    23 Jun 2014 Reply
  • ZipZapRap

    Tangible Dream is just...just...

    5 May 2014 Reply
  • LamarMatic

    Tangible Dream!!!

    7 Apr 2014 Reply
  • sjm26b

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

    14 Mar 2014 Reply
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