Phonte & Oddisee Channel Pain Into Beautiful Art, Reacting To The World Today (Audio)
In the wake of the 2014 murders of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and so many other Black men at the hands of law enforcement, there was a large outcry for artists to react, reflect, and somehow find the words we, the people, could not.
Those expressions are indeed coming out, from the likes of J. Cole, Nipsey Hussle, Grand Puba, and plenty of other enlightening sources. Today (January 13), Phonte and Oddisee added to this list, with a ground-moving track, “Requiem.” ‘Tay speaks not only as a young Black man, but as a father who is looking for the ways himself, to explain the injustice and malice in the world to his own children. The North Carolina MC/singer addresses the rage, the anger, and the other emotions that can lead—as he illustrates—an entire sidewalk of people to burst into tears.
Oddisee, who also produced this intricate song, speaks about being profiled in airports given his name (Amir Mohamed el Khalifa) for almost 15 years, despite no record. He adds on the religious oppression going on in this country, as we all try “to find a better way,” as the chorus suggests.