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Rapper Oddisee Builds Bridges Between Communities

Headshot of Oddisee in a hat

The rapper Oddisee has made a name for himself around the world producing his own brand of hip-hop. His style ranges from the 2011 album “Rock Creek Park,” which celebrates the genre with nostalgic samples and few words, to his most recent studio album “The Iceberg,” featuring lyrics that chip away at racism, sexism and the systemic forces that divide society.

 

Oddisee, born Amir Mohammed, grew up in a predominantly black suburb of Washington D.C., in a family that was Christian and Muslim with parents who were African-American and Sudanese. As a child, he was often treated like an outsider, and even today his last name still raises flags for TSA officers at the airport. Oddisee joins host Frank Stasio to talk about how he uses music to navigate the intersection of his many identities. He's in the Triangle as part of Duke Performances' "Building Bridges: Muslims in America" initiative and performs Thursday, Oct. 18 at Motorco Music Hall in Durham.

 

Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.