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Oddisee Asks the Political Questions That We All Want Answers to in 'Like Really'

Sudanese-American MC Oddisee addresses social and political woes on his latest song "Like Really."

Oddisee returns with stinging political commentary on his latest single "Like Really," the second release from his upcoming album The Iceberg, which drops February 24.


The Sudanese-American rapper and producer is, like many of us, in a state of disbelief in response to the current political climate, and finds himself asking the necessary questions as a result.

He ponders everything from Black Lives Matter naysayers to police brutality, to the whitewashing of Black narratives in the film industry, expressing his dissatisfaction with lyrics like:

"How you gonna make us great when we were never really that amazing?

Take it back to what? I don't find hanging black lives entertaining

How do you police the streets of a neighborhood you do not engage in?

Why a brother get three for a sack while your brother go free for a raping?

How you make a film about Egypt with all leading roles caucasian?

How you saying all lives matter when the stats say we are not adjacent?"

Throughout the track,  Oddisee rhymes over understated trap production with an uncompromising tone that resonates powerfully.

The MC will be on tour this spring, making stops in the States and Europe. Check the dates and stream "Like Really" below.

Oddisee Beneath The Surface Tour Dates

February 3 – Los Angeles, CA – Natural History Museum First Friday’s

February 17 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Sonar Festival

March 2 – Paris, France – La Place

March 3 – Lyon, France – Bizarre!

March 4 – Nantes, France – Stereolux

March 6 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern

March 8 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla

March 9 – Dublin, Ireland, The Sugar Bluc

March 11 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall

March 13 – Munich, Germany – Ampere

March 14 – Erfurt, Germany – Franz Melhose

March 15 – Berlin, Germany – Gretchen

March 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Mojo Club

March 17 – Cologne, Germany – Gloria

March 18 – Stuttgart, Germany – Im Wizemann

March 19 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom

March 22 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje

March 24 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Bird

March 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso

March 26 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique

March 28 - Barcelona, Spain @ Apolo 2

March 30 - Milan, Italy - Biko Club

March 31 - Cully, Switzerland - Cully Jazz Festival

April 1 - Zurich, Switzerland - m4Music

April 4 - Zagreb, Croatia - Venue TBA

April 7 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Sofia Live Club

April 8 - Bucharest, Romania - Arenele Romane

April 10 – Vienna, Austria – Grelle Forelle

April 11 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola

April 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts

April 20 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club

April 21 – Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade

April 23 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft

April 26 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s

April 27 – Dallas, TX – Dada Dallas

April 28 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room

May 1 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater

May 5 – San Diego, CA – Music Box

May 7 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency

May 9 – Eugene, OR – WoW Hall

May 10 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

May 11 – Seattle, WA – Neumos

May 12 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret

May 13 – Spokane, WA – The Big Dipper

May 14 – Boise, ID – Neurolux

May 17 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown

May 18 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry

May 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall

May 20 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

May 21 – Indianapolis, IN – The HiFi

May 25 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smalls

May 26 – Detroit, MI – Arab American National Museum

May 28 - Montreal, QC - Newspeak

May 27 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace

May 30 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

May 31 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

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