Oddisee’s newest EP Alwasta is an ode to nostalgic lyricism combined with layers of social and personal storytelling. This masterful 7-song set injects hope and salvation into Hip Hop’s unconscious listeners. Only if there were more of this, would Hip Hop regain it’s prominent composure and reign culture with a positive and effective means of transformation. Remember that rap is not a game, but a lifestyle that glorified the essence of human struggle.
I listen to Oddisee because I relate to him at an intellectual level. I understand his perspective and his means of achieving artistic innovation. His lyrical approach is non-sensical, indistinctly meditative, with clarity abundance. After my listening sessions, I emerge with inspiration, not to become a rapper, but to become a better version of me. I always make sure our times’ are mutually invested; after all, he’s truly my favorite artist I “fucks wit” right now.
The meaning of Alwasta:
Sudanese-American hiphop artist Oddisee’s new EP, “AlWasta,” 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.