Born in Washington, D.C., to a Sudanese father and an African-American mother, Amir Mohamed aka Oddisee grew up in Maryland, influenced by soul and rap as well as myriad musicians on both sides of his family. Oddisee released his debut album “People Hear What They See” in 2012. The critically acclaimed album i.a. was rewarded with the „Apple Itunes Music Award 2012″ for best hip-hop album.
In 2015, he returned with his sophomore album “The Good Fight”, an effort driven by social commentary and retro soul. The single “That’s Love” charted in numerous countries and got licensed for several commercials and international campaigns in the US, Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Zealand. The album made Oddisee and his band “Good Compny” touring the globe twice and performing at major Festivals such as Glastonbury, Sasquatch, Rotterdam Jazz Festival, Roskilde and Dour.
2016 saw the release of The Odd Tape — an all-instrumental album and his EP Alwasta, including one of the most discussed songs in 2016, „Lifting Shadows”. The same year, Oddisee performed along Kendrick Lamar, Will.i.am and Herbie Hancock at the industry get together “Summit At Sea” in the Caribbean.
His latest album ‘The Iceberg’ is a smoldering window into the soul of an artist thinking critically about individuality and identity. The album has been met with high praise from Time Magazine, NPR, Stereogum, a powerful NPR Weekend Edition segment and a premiere on Ebro’s Beats 1 radio show.
»He’s a beatmaker by nature and a rapper when he feels the need to be. The base of his style has been the same since day one: a light touch of jazz spread over a soul-injected, golden-era hip-hop inflected foundation« NPR Music