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Amir Obe
Amir Obè
Amir Obeid - Walker
Phreshy Duzit
Born Detroit, U.S.
Origin Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
2009-present
Labels
Website amirobemusic.com

Amir Obeid, known professionally as Amir Obè, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Detroit, Michigan. He started his music career in 2009 as Phreshy Duzit and signed to Atlantic Records. He later left the label to reinvent his style and changed his name to Amir Obè and found his own collective Neighborhood PHCK$. Obè rose to fame by releasing the mixtape, Detrooklyn in 2014. In 2015, he released the EP, Happening in the Grey Area and then 2016's, Won't Find Love in the Hills. On December 1, 2016, Amir announced that he had signed a deal with Def Jam Recordings, and that an album is set to release sometime in 2017.[1] His debut single on Def Jam, "Wish You Well" was released on March 9, 2017.[2]

Life and career

1990-2012: Early life and career beginnings

Amir Obè was born in Detroit, then moved to New York City. His mother is Polish and a music teacher and his father is Sudanese. Obè's father listened to Michael Jackson growing up and was heavily influenced by Pharrell Williams and Kanye West. He also hopes to achieve to influence his younger siblings from his father side. He had stated that he will show the way to success to his younger brother Madonice Rogers but will not give a free ticket. Besides siblings and music, Obè played football in the street and rode his bike. During high school, he kept going back and forth from New York City to visit his sister Hunter. Obè played basketball in high school. He played one and two, point guard and shooting guard. He also played AAU, but in high school he was best offensive player in junior year and senior year.[3]

When Obè was 16 or 17, he bought a computer mic and made song called, "Step Your Swag Up", which was his first. His parents didn't know he made music because he did it privately, but basketball was his main priority at the time. After high school, Obè started pursuing a music career and moved back to Brooklyn. Obè was first known as an artist when he went by the name of Phreshy Duzit on Myspace. He had about 100,000 fans and every week he kept releasing new freestyles and started seeing attention and getting messages from record labels. He eventually got signed to Atlantic Records. When Obè was 18, he made a friendship with PartyNextDoor on Twitter, who at the time went by "Jahron B". At that time, he was always songwriting and producing, so he'd always send him beats.[4]

Obè released his debut EP, Brave New World on April 15, 2011 on Atlantic Records. The EP was entirely produced by NYLZ.[5] Soon after, Obè left the label to revamp his style and described the record deal as "bullshit".[6][3] On August 27, 2012, he released his debut mixtape, The New Religion on his own independent record label Neighborhood PHCK$ and After Platinum Records. It has guest appearances from Cory Gunz, Jon Connor, and Los and includes production from NYLZ, Daniel Worthy, Rich Flyer, and Obè himself.[7] He revealed he got signed to After Platinum by releasing the mixtape.

2014-present: Rise to fame and collaborations

Obè changed his name to Amir Obè in 2014 when he released the mixtape, Detrooklyn. The mixtape was released on After Platinum Records and included production from NYLZ, Vinylz, and Daniel Worthy.[8] "I started feeling like both these places were the same place, so it was an imaginative project talking about my upbringing and my philosophies as an early teen 'till where I'm at now", says Obè. In the fall of 2014, Oliver El-Khatib (Drake's manager and co-founder of OVO Sound) spoke to Obè and told him Drake is a fan of Detrooklyn. Because of that, Obè sent him music and got positive feedback.[4]

In February 2015, Obè co-produced, "Star67" for Drake, which appeared on If You're Reading This It's Too Late. Soon after, there was a rumor being passed around that Obè signed to OVO Sound, but he confirmed it wasn't true. Obè opened for PartyNextDoor on tour and the two collaborated on multiple songs.[9] Obè released his second EP, Happening in the Grey Area on December 11, 2015. The album contains guest appearances from PartyNextDoor and Eli Sostre and includes production from NYLZ, The Mekanics, Daniel Worthy, Wondagurl, OZ and more.[10] On March 11, 2016, Obè released his third EP, Won't Find Love in the Hills on Neighborhood PHCK$ and Empire Distribution. It has production from NYLZ, OZ, Eli Sostre, The Mekanics, STWO, and Ashton Mills.[11] In late March 2016, Amir Obe was featured on Toronto R&B/Electro singer GOV's single Wrong One/Reflectin produced by frequent collaborator NYLZ and was the lead single from GOV's Nights EP which was premiered via Complex Magazine.

On December 1, 2016, Amir Obe announced his signing to Def Jam Records.[12] In early 2017, Amir Obe was featured on Toronto based artist keffaleng ep, "Not So Famous" on the Davinci produced single, "Yeah, Yeah".[13]

Obè's "Wish You Well" is featured on the soundtrack for Madden NFL 18.

Discography

Extended plays

List of extended plays and selected album details
Title Album details
Brave New World
Happening in the Grey Area
  • Released: December 11, 2015[10]
  • Label: Neighborhood PHCK$
  • Format: digital download
Won't Find Love in the Hills
  • Released: March 11, 2016[15]
  • Label: Neighborhood PHCK$, EMPIRE
  • Format: digital download
None of the Clocks Work
  • Released: March 30, 2017
  • Label: Neighborhood PHCKS, Def Jam
  • Format: digital download

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes and selected album details
Title Album details
The New Religion
  • Released: August 27, 2012[16]
  • Label: Neighborhood PHCK$, After Platinum
  • Format: digital download
Detrooklyn
  • Released: July 7, 2014[8]
  • Label: After Platinum
  • Format: digital download

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Jay Z, Kanye, Esco"[17] 2014 Detrooklyn
"9 Milli"[18]
"Hennessy Breath"[19]
"Drugs & Cam'ron"[20]
"I'm Good"[21]
(featuring PartyNextDoor)
2015 Happening in the Grey Area
"Just Know"[22]
"On a Ride"[23]
"Say No More"[24]
"Four Seasons Freestyle"[25] N/A
"Owe Me"[26]
(with Jimmy Prime)
2016
"Before the Vomit" Won't Find Love in the Hills
"Wish You Well"[2] 2017 None of the Clocks Work

As featured artist

List of featured singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Wrong One/Reflection"[27]
(Gov featuring Amir Obè)
2015 N/A
"Lost in Detroit"[28]
(Previn Jones featuring Amir Obè and Doe Wright)
"I Got It"[29]
(Klepto Magz featuring Amir Obè)

References

  1. ^ "Amir Obe Celebrates Def Jam Signing By Releasing "No Peace" Video". Complex. Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Wish You Well - Single by Amir Obe on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Cline, Georgette (2016-03-25). "The Break Presents: Amir Obe". XXL. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ a b Platon, Adelle (2015-12-11). "Rapper Amir Obe Talks Drake Collaboration & 'Happening In The Grey Area' EP". Billboard.com. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Phreshy Duzit - Brave New World". DatPiff. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "Amir Obe (Phreshy Duzit)". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ DJ Ill Will (2012-08-27). "Amir Obe - The New Religion [New Mixtape]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ a b "Amir Obe - Detrooklyn". DatPiff. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ Frydenlund, Zach (2016-04-14). "Amir Obè Is All About Second Chances". Complex. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ a b Lilah, Rose (2015-12-11). "Stream Amir Obe's "Happening In The Grey Area" EP". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "Won't Find Love In The Hills". SoundCloud. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "Amir Obe Signs To Def Jam Records; Releases No Peace Music Video". Fashionably-Early. Retrieved 2016. 
  13. ^ "Listen to Keffaleng's New Song "Yeah Yeah" featuring Amir Obe". The Smokers Club. The Smokers Club. Retrieved 2017. 
  14. ^ Amir Obe - Brave New World (EP) | Download & Listen [New Mixtape], retrieved  
  15. ^ "Stream Amir Obe's New EP "Won't Find Love In The Hills"". Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "Phreshy Duzit - The New Religion". DatPiff. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ Amir Obe - Jay Z, Kanye, Esco (Prod. By NYLZ) | Stream [New Song], retrieved  
  18. ^ Lilah, Rose (2014-05-20). "Amir Obe - 9 Milli [New Song]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ Smith, Trevor (2014-06-12). "Amir Obe - Hennessy Breath [New Song]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ 13. Amir Obè - Drugs & Cam'ron [Prod. By NYLZ], retrieved  
  21. ^ Amir Obè Feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR - "I'm Good" (Prod. By WondaGurl & NYLZ), retrieved  
  22. ^ Smith, Trevor (2015-07-28). "Amir Obe - Just Know [New Song]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ Lilah, Rose (2015-07-28). "Amir Obe - On A Ride (Prod. By NYLZ) [New Song]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved . 
  24. ^ Lilah, Rose (2015-07-28). "Amir Obe - Say No More (Prod. By NYLZ) [New Song]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved . 
  25. ^ Smith, Trevor (2015-10-06). "Amir Obe - Four Seasons Freestyle [New Song]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved . 
  26. ^ Lilah, Rose (2016-01-14). "Jimmy Prime & Amir Obe - Owe Me (Prod. By Daniel Worthy & NYLZ) [New Song]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved . 
  27. ^ "Gov - Wrong One / Reflectin ft. Amir Obè | Hip Hop Songs - DJBooth". DJBooth.net. Retrieved . 
  28. ^ "Lost in Detroit (feat. Amir Obè & Doe Wright) - Single by Previn Jones on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved . 
  29. ^ "I Got It (feat. Amir Obe) - Single by Klepto Magz on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved . 

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