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Oddisee with DJ Unown + [ K S R ]

Prolific hip-hop artist Oddisee first became known as an underground producer before gaining respect as a rapper. His literate, relatable lyrics tackle personal issues and political themes, and his productions encompass retro-soul, go-go, and gospel influences. His 2008 album, 101, was the first full-length released by Mello Music Group, and featured collaborations with Flying Lotus, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Phonte, and others. He continued releasing vocal and instrumental recordings at a rapid pace, with soul-influenced albums like 2015’s The Good Fight, incorporating live instrumentation. 2017 live album Beneath the Surface was co-credited to backing band Good Compny, and Oddisee’s first studio album in six years, To What End, appeared in 2023.

Born in Washington, D.C. to a Sudanese father and an African-American mother, Amir Mohamed grew up in Maryland, influenced by soul and rap as well as myriad musicians on both sides of his family. He was set to attend the Art Institute of Philadelphia to pursue visual arts when a friend introduced him to hip-hop production. He was so enamored of it that he changed his plans and concentrated on making beats, ending up with the track “Musik Lounge” on DJ Jazzy Jeff’s 2002 record, Magnificent.

Part of the Low Budget crew, which included fellow D.C.-area MCs and producers Kenn Starr, Cy Young, and Kev Brown, Oddisee released his solo debut, Foot in the Door (mixed by Jazzy Jeff), on Halftooth in 2006. He signed to Mello Music Group in 2008, debuting with 101 before releasing Mental Liberation and New Money (a collaboration with Trek Life) in 2009. He also formed the trio Diamond District along with labelmates XO and yU; their debut, In the Ruff, also appeared in 2009. He typically released one or two solo albums a year, including instrumental efforts such as Traveling Man and Odd Seasons, as well as lyrical showcases such as People Hear What They See.

Tangible Dream and the instrumental full-length The Beauty in All both appeared in 2013. In 2015, he issued The Good Fight, an effort driven by social commentary and retro-soul, and 2016 saw the release of The Odd Tape, an all-instrumental mixtape issued around the same time as his free download EP Alwasta. In early 2017, Oddisee released his 11th studio album, Iceberg, returning to a vocal-driven style. Later in the year, he issued Beneath the Surface, a live album featuring his band Good Compny. The EP Odd Cure, a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, launched the artist’s Outer Note Label in 2020. To What End, a reflective full-length featuring guests such as Bilal, Freeway, and Olivier St. Louis, appeared in 2023.

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Doors: 19:30

Price: £17.50 + booking fee

Ages: All (u16s accompanied)

The Fleece
12 St Thomas Street Bristol BS1 6JJ