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This fall, producer Oddisee roamed abroad, touring Europe with labelmates The Left and Apollo Brown and performing material from his upcoming solo album, People Hear What They See. On the surface, Oddisee’s recent schedule seems like a walk in the park for the busy Upper Marlboro native, who arranges songs and makes beats for others when he’s not producing his own work. In September, he released Rock Creek Park, an album trumpeted for its lush compositions and funky soul melodies. His name appears on upcoming projects for local MCs SmCity and yU, and he’s crafting the soundtrack for the Diamond District’s sophomore album, March on Washington. But it’s no secret that Oddisee moved to New York last year for a brighter hip-hop scene, making his performance at Black Cat a homecoming of sorts. Tonight, he opens for Idle Warship, the collaboration between Talib Kweli and vocalist Res. It’s a winning slot, but Oddisee has taken a shine to world travel. Catch him here while you still can.
Oddisee performs with Idle Warship at 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20. (202) 667-7960.