The Iceberg is the latest offering from 32 year old Emcee, Odissee, a talented artist who has slowly found his place as one of the most consistent artists in the industry right now. His 2015 album, The Good Fight made it’s way atop nearly every best of list including mine, and he has seemingly only progressed from there. Prior to the tapes release, Oddisee released two singles for the project, “Like Really” and “Things” two of my favorite tracks from his latest offering. The album is ripe with social commentary and political insight from a Sudanese man in America. With the current rising tensions between America and the muslim faith, it’s now more than ever that we need to have positive examples of people using the islamic faith for good. On this album, Oddisee doesn’t stary away from those tensions either, writing powerful verses on everything from wage gap inequalities to the bitter ideals of the white american who has lost his job.
The album opens up with the properly titled”Digging deep” where Oddisee invites his listeners to, “Let’s get into it (deeper).” as he raps, searching for what life means/
And all they found was peace in the pipe dream /Rights made wrong from a point of view/
Morality is relevant to what you’re going through. The next track “Things” has an extremely infectious 90’s sounding dance beat and is packed with funk and soul influences. Without a doubt one of the songs with the highest replay value. As the album gets a little bit further into the iceberg, Oddisee brings up some very touchy and important ideas. Addressing the commonly misrepresented wage gap on “Holding Back”, Oddisee raps, I make more than my sister /Cause I was born as a mister /And I ain’t never been to college, and she graduated honors /Yet the bosses think that I’m a better fit, huh /Well, that annoy me more than cargo shorts /And yoga pants that’s worn at anything that’s not a sport.
On “You grew up,” my favorite offering from the album, Oddisee paints a visceral picture of muslim relations in America and how it is molded through time and by our culture. In the first verse he presents the idea of two mixed race friends who are driven apart as they get older, the white kid placing the blame on the other for his dad losing his job. Because as everyone knows, when a white person loses job, it’s because of the immigrants. On the next verse however, he flips the script and presents the to common situation in which an outcasted muslim youth finds solace in belonging to a group and chooses fanaticism over logical thought, joining a muslim extremist group and eventually blowing up. The track is put together extremely well and should be listened to by every single person in America right now. The catchiness from “Things” creeps back into the mix on “Like Really” where Oddsiee raps an impressive flow over top a very catchy baseline and some well layered drum samples.
On “You grew up,” my favorite offering from the album, Oddisee paints a visceral picture of muslim relations in America and how it is molded through time and by our culture.
The production on this album was put together extremely well and it’s evident that Oddisee has come a long way as both a producer and an emcee. He self produced this entire project and the instrumentation is on par with his rapping, a true talent in both aspects. It’s important to keep conscious rap alive as the air waves are continually dominated by catchy trash, so supporting artists lie Oddisee is more important than ever. Real rap is still alive you just have to search for it, go give Oddisee’s latest effort a listen and please tell me differently.