Oddisee – “Skipping Rocks”

You know, it occurred to me that while I’ve spoken about his colleagues Uptown XO (in my first post, even!) and yU (not once, but twice), I haven’t dedicated a post to Oddisee! Well, time to straighten that out, right now.

From Prince Georges County, MD, right outside of D.C., Oddisee is not only one of the DMV’s (District, Maryland, and Virginia) best and brightest artists, but one of the most talented (and damn underrated) performers in the game, period. Since the mid-2000s he’s help lead the charge to put the Mid-Atlantic in the radar of hip-hop and good music lovers everywhere, as a member of the Low Budget Crew and Diamond District (with the aforementioned XO and yU), the latter group being my introduction to DMV hip-hop. Oddisee is a wonder both behind and in front of the boards. His production skills have improved steadily over the years, and his sounds, using a real band, is soulful and fulfilling, which gels well with his rhymes. He’s built a stellar discography of music, both instrumental records and rap projects, and you really can’t go wrong with any of his efforts.

His 2011 instrumental record, Rock Creek Park, named after the famous and scenic national park in northwest Washington, D.C. is a stunning listen, tailor made for a beautiful day in the District, and “Skipping Rocks” is a fine example. Serene and peaceful this listen is, with a sepia-toned nostalgic feel. With the city emerging from its long, dull winter, this jam perfectly nails the bright, inviting call of spring. A lovely listen.