You know, D.C. as amazing as it is for artists, it's not a place that nurtures artists and creativity outside of music. So, photographers, graphic designers, the other things that assist my industry and helping my career, you know, expand and progress. You hit a limit to somewhat in other cities. And you know, New York was so close. So, here I am where the majority of the interviews I do now I can ride my bike to or people just come over to my house versus them asking for an email to see when the next time I'll be in New York.
Touring constantly, all around the world. You know, I do a lot of gigs. Up to about 180 a year at sometimes. So yeah, I spend a lot of time living out of a suitcase, you know man?
Unknown Speaker: Yeah.
Oddisee: I produce, I rhyme, I mix, engineer. I show...I book my own gigs. I have always been a huge Native Tongue fan and specifically Tribe and De La. Those were like the groups that really spoke to me. You know, as a kid whose family moved from the inner city to the suburbs it was Tribe and the Native Tongues that let it be comfortable for me to embrace hip hop without it necessarily being street from a negative standpoint.
I definitely believe in being as direct to fans as possible so I'm very, very accessible. You can find me by just Googling Oddisee. O D D I S E E and the site will come up, the Twitter, Band Camp, et cetera. iTunes, et cetera, Last FM, you know, anything will come up on it if you just Google that name.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the newest edition of What You've Been Missing. Straight out of Washington D.C., it's your man Oddisee, one third of the Diamond District. My new album, People Hear What They See, is everywhere right now. Get it where you can, get it how you can. And the name once again, O double D I S double E. This is a Last FM session. Peace.
While MF DOOM (born Daniel Dumile) is highly regarded as one of the most inimitable figures in hip-hop, part of his legacy also lies within his collaborative work and in his eccentric half-dozen alter egos. Of those experimental projects, his partnership with Danger Mouse (born Brian Burton) is one of the most celebrated. Their debut project, The Mouse and the Mask, was released to critical acclaim in 2005, utilizing the collective moniker DANGER DOOM. The project was released in the UK through Lex Records, as well as in the United States through punk label Epitaph Records, marking the latter imprint's third foray into hip-hop. Best known for his work with the Gorillaz, Beck, the Black Keys, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Grammy Award-winning producer Danger Mouse handled the instrumentation, while DOOM focused on the animated vocals and eccentric lyrical direction. For DANGER DOOM‘s debut, Danger Mouse chose to sample exclusively from various animated shows airing on Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's late-night programming block—with a handful of cartoon characters from Aqua Teen Hunger Force making appearances on the album, in addition to the likes of Cee-Lo Green, Talib Kweli, and Ghostface Killah. With support from the network and famed comedian Dave Chappelle alike, the project was released in October 2005 and quickly became a cult fan favorite. While the album sparked several noteworthy talking points, MF DOOM's diss against his former collaborator, MF Grimm, undeniably stood out. The Monsta Island Czars (M.I.C.) member later responded with the track "Book of Daniel," during which he accused DOOM of selling out. With many hailing the seemingly unlikely pairing of MF DOOM and Danger Mouse as an undeniable success, DANGER DOOM delivered once again the following year, releasing their 2006 EP, Occult Hymn, exclusively though AdultSwim.com. Although DANGER DOOM has not reunited since 2006, their small-but-impactful body of work remains heralded as one of the most experimental and pleasantly absurdist collaborations to come out of the 2000s.