Guest Star: "'I Love The Beat But That Emcee Was Wack'"

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 3:10PM

Written by SOHH for Oddisee

[With the popularity of producers releasing instrumental-only albums as of late like Apollo Brown's Clouds and !llmind's Behind The Curtain, Oddisee gives his opinion on why fans are craving for the beat.]

Instrumental albums have been out for some time now, but I think [they've] finally been accepted as another listening experience. Look back at jazz albums. Those were hit instrumentals albums up until the late 70's. We kind of lost that format of releasing music until recently, when it was rediscovered through hip-hop, [realizing that] putting out instrumental albums is just as popular as records with vocals on them. Sometimes emcee's lyrics can paint a picture over a beat that a fan may not necessarily hear. A fan may put this beat on for a different reason against the subject matter of what that emcee may have.

I think it comes from a series of different things. I think it's the increase in rappers who want instrumentals to rhyme over and it's also the increase of people who want their own thoughts to be the lyrics to the beats, whether they're rhyming in their car or walking down the street with headphones.

Unfortunately, [another reason why the popularity of instrumental LP's are expanding] is the amount of times fans say, "I love the beat but that emcee was wack." I don't like to attack anybody, but I can't lie and say I haven't heard that that's one of the reasons why people like instrumental albums so much.

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 the myriad of musicians on both sides of his family. He was all set to attend the Art Institute of Philadelphia, however, to pursue visual art when a friend of his introduced him to hip-hop producing. He was so enamored by 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 MC 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.

Check out Oddisee's Odd Seasons instrumental album below:

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