Oddisee & Good Company
“I don’t rap about rapping. I'm coming from DC, we are really political, politics is in our blood”. Oddisee is not the type to surround himself with jewellery, Maseratis or scantily clad women. The 34-year-old lives in Washington D.C., within a stone’s throw of the insanity of the political circus. According to HipHopDX, his 'carefully crafted compositions are in a league of their own'. Oddisee, aka Amir Mohamed el Khalifa, stands for conscious rap and high-speed rhymes performed with brilliant flow. Important influences include De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. His ultra-laid-back backing band Good Company around the singer and guitarist Olivier St. Louis enriches the rap with soul, funk and smooth R&B. Despite racism and the dark prospects the future holds, Oddisee himself always remains optimistic: 'I mean what is there to fear/I’m from black America, this is just another year'.