This yea, Oddisee brings another collection of stories and anecdotes in his 11th studio album, The Iceberg. Hailing from Washington D.C., Amir Mohamed el Khalifa is a rapper and producer knee deep in one of the most trying times for people of his faith in our country.
Keeping with his primary production sound, live instruments are heavily present throughout Amir’s latest release. Whether you’re snapping to the intro horns of Digging Deep or playing air guitar while Olivier St. Louis sets a scene on the final track Rights & Wrongs, you’ll find plenty of the solid instrumental content that Oddisee is known for.
What’s more, he again inspires a wide-eyed experience of travel, with much of the groundwork for this album laid on the road. While of course also lyrically rich, the live instrumentals make this a entire album a no-skip experience. Even so, below are a few choice favorites.
The second track Things is humbling and accessible; journaling our more selfish side in our daily and overall life story. Oddisee isn’t usually known for dance tracks (of this tempo at least), but this one is cleverly engineered create a shared experience on a dancefloor\rush hour with lyrics on a personal feeling many find familiar, but seldom discussed.
Like Really wins most repeated on this record with its stabbing inquires and statements on several facets of American society from capitalism, to race relationships, to love, to law and order, to movies, movements and more. The most important takeaway that repeats: people are looking for more voices to lift them above the timid dark, and ask the hard questions we share.
You Grew Up couples dark funk with a dark funk; tales of radical Americans that somewhere along the way grew from terrible seeds to deadly weeds. A personal note on growing up giving too much of yourself rounds the message out, paired with a bass\electric guitar solo.
While I’ve been spinning the album for months, the tour is headed for its ending, with tour dates found here. 2017 America is a bewildering place it seems, but if you’re looking for sets of perspectives of current events via music to add to your repertoire, The Iceberg should be in your lineup without question.
Until next time my friends,