Oddisee’s making his first official move of the new year a very beneficial for fans of his work. On Wednesday, he releases a brand new EP titled Al-Wasta. The seven songs on the project are all Odd everything since they’re self-produced cuts. And that name, yes, it has a specific meaning to it.
The EP takes its title from the Arabic colloquial term used to mean (to use colloquial English) “the plug.” The term “wasta” comes from the Arabic word “wasat,” meaning “middle” or “middleman,” and describes a member of the community who acts as a connector using their wealth of social currency. Understanding the value of social currency & how to use it (for better or worse) is what Amir Elkhalifa aka Oddisee focused on as the primary inspiration for his writings.
The new project is just the start of things for the New York-based, Sudanese-American producer and MC. He’s slated to a release a new instrumental album in May and will be touring both the United States and the United Kingdom with his his full live band, Good Company, from May through July. In fall, he’s expecting to release a new solo project via Mello Music Group as a follow-up to The Good Fight.