Oddisee Shows Why He’s One of the Best Out Right Now With This Freestyle (Video)

Praised for his productions, Oddisee is nice with the gift of gab. While this year’s The Good Fight standout may appear more about substance than style in places, the Diamond District keystone can easily flip to fast. Appearing in Tim Westwood’s Cribs sessions, the Prince George County, Maryland multi-threat shows that he can do it all.

On Common’s beloved “Invocation” instrumental (perhaps an inspiration to his beats), Oddisee rises to the occasion. Never breaking his flow, the MC hones in on locality, dropping some P.G. flare, with an especially cool line about about Jay Z’s days running up and down Interstate 95. Tim Westwood then flips to Grand Puba’s “I Like It,” and Oddisee shows his knowledge of the record, as he flips his flow seamlessly into the vibraphone-driven beat. The wordplay here is severe, and heavily built around autobiographical bars. Showmanship, versatile subject matter, and relentless rhyme timing. This freestyle is the latest story-line in a banner year for the veteran, who arguably is one 2015’s MVP’s, even as an independent.

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