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The Iceberg

by Oddisee

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The prolific MC, producer and musician Oddisee’s new album ‘The Iceberg’ is a plea for humanity to dig deeper in search of understanding and common ground. His third release in just 12 months, ‘The Iceberg’ is a distillation of stereotypical tropes in hip-hop and beyond, 12 tracks about money, sex, politics, race and religion that appear superficial until his multi-dimensional lyrics unfurl to expose the complexities of individuality and identity: how we see ourselves and how others see us. Deeply soulful, and shot through with jazz, Go-go, gospel, thick r&b and hard beats, the album is a timely, poetic statement. ‘The Iceberg’ is out February 24 on Mello Music Group.

Lead single “Things” acts as a mission statement for the album, a deep dance groove with lightning-quick lyrics about “things” he’s going through. Says Oddisee, “"We all go through the trials & tribulations of life. Why is it we feel the need to individualize our shared experiences? If only we could see our concerns as others do, maybe they wouldn't be so serious."

Oddisee World Tour
March 2 – Paris, France – La Place
March 3 – Lyon, France – Bizarre!
March 4 – Nantes, France – Stereolux
March 6 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern
March 8 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
March 9 – Dublin, Ireland, The Sugar Bluc
March 11 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
March 13 – Munich, Germany – Ampere
March 14 – Erfurt, Germany – Franz Melhose
March 15 – Berlin, Germany – Gretchen
March 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Mojo Club
March 17 – Cologne, Germany – Gloria
March 18 – Stuttgart, Germany – Im Wizemann
March 19 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
March 22 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje
March 24 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Bird
March 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
March 26 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
March 30 - Milan, Italy - Biko Club
April 7 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Sofia Live Club
April 8 - Bucharest, Romania - Arenele Romane
April 10 – Vienna, Austria – Grelle Forelle
April 11 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola
April 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
April 20 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
April 21 – Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade
April 23 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
April 26 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
April 27 – Dallas, TX – Dada Dallas
April 28 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
May 1 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
May 5 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
May 7 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency
May 9 – Eugene, OR – WoW Hall
May 10 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
May 11 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
May 12 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
May 13 – Spokane, WA – The Big Dipper
May 14 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
May 17 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
May 18 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
May 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
May 20 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
May 21 – Indianapolis, IN – The HiFi
May 26 – Detroit, MI – Arab American National Museum
May 27 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
May 30 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
May 31 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom


releases February 24, 2017



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Track Name: Things

Things, on my mind when I wake up/
Things, all my time try to take up/
if I could save up money like worry I'd be a rich man but the sorrow would plague much/ I have made up the fiction/
that I'm the center of a system/
causing the day's rust /
center stage in a monologue play of/
me & the audience all in my make up/
what a view & it's all the show/
assuming what I'm doing's what you already know/
I think I'm in the middle of a palm heavy globe/
everybody trying to steal what I already own/ but oh in this life we are all but alone/
but feeling that you are is a problem condoned/
so sunlight is a spotlight that we hold/
like it's one light & we cuff tight until it's gone/
one candle on the cake for the taking/
souls set sail on a race trying to take wind/ we are faves in the chips that we place in/
I better build self anybody else cave in/
so I'm holding on to pressure like it's all mine/
that ain't sweat it's just the way I keep the floors shined/
everybody queued up for the long grind/ thinking that we're next in a short line/

Thinks I'm going through (chorus)

I want a lot more things/
biggie tried to tell me what a lot more brings/ a head strong man will take a lot more strain/ seeing pleasure in the presence of slot more pain/
it's like I'm in the plot of a horror flick scene/ & i'ma run towards where I thought I heard screams/
cause things draw me like a self portrait/ blank paper trying to fill it with a lot more green/
cause things make life & life worth living/
is a life worth giving to a fight for dreams/ but when your schemes matter more than the next man/
the next mans matter more than the rest than/
we all forget we are not all things/
so i'ma take in the line/
all those behind me can chill/
but if I was the last, I'd probably be the first one to wine/
for real/

Things I'm going through (chorus)

We just want to matter more/
trying to be the matador/
in a pit of bull/
trying to gather our status in the masses/ looking at the glass saying that's pitiful/
I ain't seeing what you're seeing cause your problems ain't my problems how you solve them really I don't even care/
putting pressure on my shoulders that ain't really there/
but I know you see it when you stare/

Things I'm going through (chorus)
Track Name: Like Really
why you want to catch my eye, when you already know that I'm taken/ how you past due on payments, and I'm seeing you on vacation/
how you gonna make us great when we were never really that amazing/ take it back what, I don't find hanging black lives entertaining/
how do you police the streets of a neighborhood you do not engage in/ why a brother get three for a sack while your brother go free for a raping/ how you make a film about Egypt with all lead roles caucasien/
how you saying all lives matter when the stats say we are not adjacent/ tell me if I got it all wrong/
like I signed on the line but I didn't read the form/
and the fine print is all about the times we mourn/
and the color of my skin means I gotta be strong/
& your hand me down faith said if I was reborn/
when I take my last breath that you'll let me breath on/ as of right now we could never pals/
and how are we supposed to get along/ this now more than ever though/
all about force and measure though/ why I'm forced to let it go/
and clean on your messes though/
you take jobs to Mexico pay us less and lesser though/
promised to bring them back, that's how the problem gets the vote/

Really (repeated)

I be on the grind all day, I don't pay mind to the date (nah like really)/
missed call vibrate, & I find most times it could wait (nah like really)/
I don't talk blue in the face, to just to make movement in place (nah like really)/
out a breath watching other man steps & you wonder why you’re losing the race (nah like really)/ I was sleeping floors/
making bread instead of beds on tour man (nah like really)/
if you ain't never cry about loss/
don't speak about the situation you’re in (nah like really)/
i ain't got a big deal but I'm still a big deal & I feel important (nah like really)/
yeah you got a big deal running a big wheel I ain't with extorting/
yeah I'm independent & I'm making hell of noise/
& I'll never let women make a Helen out of Troy/
got no suckers in the circle that pretend to be boys/
I don't lend them an extension I just sell them decoys/
chilling in the cut is when I'm really feeling voids/
cause the movements getting muted and it really needs a voice/
we're just picking between the evils of the lethal and the liars/
people tired and they really need a voice (nah like really)/
this now more than ever though/
all about force and measure though (nah like really)/
this that calm collected flow/
done right, wrong correctional (nah like really)/
enough bout peace & blessing bro I want that deeper message though (nah like really)/
If you on top that's surface, drop that lesson though, preach (nah like really)/

Really (repeated)