“We live in an era where more artists are making a living from music than ever, but they’re making less money. And I can imagine there are a lot of artists who are all frustrated with where they are. I guess there are different things that motivate people.” Despite most conversations about Oddisee including words like ‘overlooked’ and ‘underrated’, the Washington DC born, New York City based rapper/producer is happy with his personal situation, as he prepares to tour his new record The Good Fight. It often seems as though it’s the fans and industry heads that expect more, rather than the man himself.
“I’ve never been one to be motivated by approval,” the archetypical good guy continues. “If you are upset that you’re not on the freshman cover, or that Pitchfork isn’t reviewing you, or you’re not on some year end list, then you’re going to be in a frustrated situation in this music industry. The only thing I’ve ever wanted was to make a living from music. I’m self sustained I’m married, I’m looking to start a family soon. That’s pretty much all I want, a wife and kids, a quiet place to live and good food, and it’s really hard for people to wrap their heads around because I’m a rapper – but I’m a person first.”