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Oddisee was raised by his African American mother and Sudanese father, initially in affluent Silver Spring, Montgomery Co, MD, per a Scott SimonNPR interview on February 18, 2017. He described his boyhood there and a caucasian best friend as referenced in his lyrics and detailed with Simon. According to another National Public Radio interview with el Khalifa, his family relocated in adjacent Prince George's County which is one of the wealthiest African American counties in the nation but borders some of the DC area's roughest parts. He moved to Washington, DC after high school.
In 2010, Oddisee released Traveling Man on Mello Music Group. His Odd Spring mixtape was listed on the Washington Post's Best Local Hip-Hop mixtapes of 2010. In 2011, Oddisee released Rock Creek Park, which was ranked as a Mixtape of the Week by Stereogum.Odd Seasons, a collection of EPs released throughout the previous 12 months, was also released that year.
In 2012, he released an album, People Hear What They See.The Beauty in All, his first instrumental release since Rock Creek Park, was released in 2013. In that year, he also released Tangible Dream. In 2015, he released The Good Fight. In 2016, he released an EP, Alwasta, and a mixtape, The Odd Tape. In 2017, he released a studio album, The Iceberg, as well as a live album, Beneath the Surface.
Style and influences
Oddisee was originally influenced by his parents' heritages, combined with a hip-hop influence from his older cousins. In an interview with NPR, he explained why he was influenced by early East Coast emcees such as Eric B. & Rakim, De La Soul, and A Tribe Called Quest. He stated that these rappers don't talk about drugs or murder, and he could relate more to their lyrics.
Mental Liberation (2009)
New Money (2009) (with Trek Life)
In the Ruff (2009) (with YU and Uptown XO, as Diamond District)
Sareem Poems - "Tell It" and "She So" from Black and Read All Over (2009)
Verbal Kent - "In the Beginning" from Save Your Friends (2010)
Trek Life - "Ready to Live", "Still Never Rains", "As the World Turns", "Everything Changed Nothing", "Wow", "Due West", "So Supreme", "I'd Rather Be", "So LA", "Jump Out There", and "Might Sound Crazy" from Everything Changed Nothing (2010)