If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, then you may have noticed that there’s been something missing since its inception: hip hop music. For a site that claims to support all styles equally, this certainly seems like a problem that needs to be addressed. Well, I’ve finally gotten around to it, and today I present to you People Hear What They See, the latest from rapper/producer Oddisee. This is a quintessential hip hop album. It’s an incessant spark that adds to the bonfire of hip hop culture, and it’s a great use of 45 minutes for rap aficionados and novices alike.
Enjoying hip hop music has always been a bit of a struggle for me. I’m going to spin you a bit of a personal story here, but bear with me (I’ll try to keep it short). Don’t get me wrong, I always appreciated the genre, but I’ve never quite been able to get into it. I hold no confusion as to the reason – it’s a direct result of my instrumentally-focused musical foundation. Progressive rock was the first style and subculture to kindle my love for music into a full-blown passion, and that’s about as far away as you can get from hip hop. Thus, it’s in my nature to place less emphasis on the lyrical content of a song, which of course is a defining characteristic of rap music.