Oddisee & Good Compny with Olivier St. Louis and B.K.A. Iz
By: Kuwa Jasiri
On Tuesday, May 9, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcomes Oddisee & Good Compny "Beneath the Surface Tour" featuring special guests Olivier St. Louis and B.K.A. Iz.
Horns boldly sound as I press play on track one, “Digging Deep” which is more than a song title, it is the way Oddisee lives life. Before Spring Equinox, the 32-year-old performer and East Coast resident released a new album called The Iceberg -- his 22nd album since 2011 -- which is a radical blend of hip-hop and family-friendly rap.
I am surprised how deeply affected and enlivened I am after watching a two minute video interview by “Complex Live” where Oddisee speaks from the heart, and affirms a commitment to equality of race and religion.
“We can’t let this rhetoric scare us. As a descendant of African-Americans, we’ve been scared, and fighting through quite a lot, and this is just another chapter. I’m glad that everybody else is joining the party right now,” he writes on his website.
Oddisee continues by bravely sharing about growing up as a Muslim, and his opposition to the recent executive order halting immigration from seven countries — including Sudan, his patrilineal country. Oddisse expresses our need to act in track four, “Hold It Back”, saying, “being quiet is a crime.” Voicing to “Complex Live”, “I feel like it’s innate. I feel like I have to do it, with no one asking me. It’s a part of my DNA. It’s who I am.”
Well-articulated spoken word fills me with emotions as I listen to the story of “You Grew Up” (track five); knowing the heat of this hardship Oddisee offers us cooling sounds as the track fades out.
Oddisee strives for depth, quality and personability, “I wanted to give my best effort to show the aspiring artists in the community that faults and mistakes are real, necessary, and okay. I'm looking forward to getting it right over the course of this tour.”
Be it Oddisee’s dedication to writing rhymes outside, the vocal harmonies of track eight (“Want To Be”), your desire to have fun, or the contagiousness of GOOD COMPNY, this phenomenal show can satisfy your hunger. Plus a northbound, luxurious hitchhike can keep the inspiration potent on May 10 as this fusion with Oliver St. Louis has a concert at Hawthorne Theatre.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.
Oddisee's new album The Iceberg is out now!
Listen to his striking conversation with NPR’s Weekend Edition here:
Read Mic.com’s profile on Oddisee, “a voice for the voiceless”:
Today Complex is airing a short film on the release of the new album, and
Oddisee will be featured on Al Jazeera March 7th.
Stream the album:
Apple Music: http://radi.al/pARwH3H