Oddisee – Rock Creek Park [Album Review]
We live in a day and age where we sing along with all our favorite songs, but often overlook the sounds that turn music into art. The title of “producer” hasn’t been as relevant as in the past because there are so many so called “producers” who only create short, repetitive loops and call it music. It has become more difficult to find music that can actually tell a story or describe certain feelings and emotions, without the need for words. Included in the small population of those who create real music is D.C’s own Oddisee. The producer and emcee just released Rock Creek Park, an instrumental album (except for one track).
Named after the actual park in Washington D.C., the album acknowledges some of Oddisee’s memories in the park. The titles, such as Skipping Rocks and All Along The River, sparked a recollection of my childhood moments at Forest Park in St. Louis. Whether cycling through a park, or creating one’s own outdoor adventure, Rock Creek Park is the perfect soundtrack. The use of live instruments brings the music to life, your ears will discover something new on every listen. Another great feature about the project is the variation of style. One second Oddisee’s vibe has more of a hip hop feel (Still Doing It), then it could instantly switch gears to an upbeat, funky mood (Uptown Cabaret). As a fan of his music, the dope production didn’t surprise me….the album concept did. Oddisee successfully linked his art to a simple topic we all can relate with, experiences at a park. As a “normal” middle class citizen, I’ll take that any day over the typical money, cars and clothes anthems. 4.5/5