Oddisee – Way In, Way Out (Audio)
Oddissee’s new full length LP, People Hear What They See, seems poised to cement its author as one of the elite MCs/producers in underground hip-hop. Mello Music Group is proud to let off the first leak with “Way In, Way Out” to celebrate the new album’s official itunes debut today!
One of the shining aspects of Oddissee’s work has always been its implicit emphasis on inclusion rather than exclusion. In other words, while certain platinum selling artists might constantly reinforce how different he is than his audience, the DMV’s prodigal son’s bars come from a much more grounded place. “Way In, Way Out” opens with a robust brass line and a pounding kick to match. Oddissee waste’s no time painting an allegory exploring the gaping American divide between the truly wealthy and the rest of us, and the precarious cycles that emerge from it. Much like his synesthetic title suggests, Oddissee’s rhymes are vivid and visual.
Towards the end of the second verse, Oddissee integrates a bar from Jay-Z’s “Can’t Knock The Hustle” into a scathing analysis of the American justice system, seamlessly of course. While he might not have the paper and popularity of Hov , there is something to be said about the level of mastery Oddissee has shown in so many aspects of underground hip-hop in a relatively short time. Far from being God but he works goddamn hard.