In The Ruff is the answer for any lover of hip hop who asks the question - “Where did that grimy East coast sound go?” The group was founded by rapper/ producer Oddisee, who has a long list of production & collaboration credits with the likes of Freeway, Talib Kweli, Siagon, Little Brother, Trek Life, Charles Hamilton, Jazzy Jeff, Buck Shot, Royce the 5'9”, Nikki jean, Muhsinah, J-live, Lil Fame of MOP, Skyzoo and many more. Oddisee’s soulful, haunting samples over bass- heavy beat breaks create the perfect instrumentals for him, XO & YU to match with their street savvy, politically conscious lyrics.
“In The Ruff“ is a raw mid-90’s Boom-Bap themed album for the DC state of mind, destined to appeal to all lovers of hip hop’s golden era, managing to travel back in time and push the boundaries of DC Hip-Hop simultaneously.
The District of Columbia is home to our nations politics and some of the wealthiest African Americans in the country. It is also home to one of the nations largest income gaps with some of the highest crime, murder and STD rates. It is the culmination of these statics that defines DC Hip Hop. Oddisee (producer/MC from Prince George’s county, Maryland) formed this group with solo artist, XO and YU. The idea was to create a mid-90’s boom-bap themed record for the DC, Maryland & Virginia metropolitan area. XO, (born & raised in North West DC) defines what it is to be a black male raised in the district, with lyrics that have a way of philosophizing that street life. Oddisee defines the experience of growing up in black middle class Maryland. Bordering the poverty his and many other families fled to escape, they found the troubles of the inner city came along with them. YU, having been raised in the district, Maryland & Virginia, shows that DC culture exceeds it’s 10 mile radius. “In The Ruff” is the DMV’s soundtrack. its street savvy, politically conscious lyrics and grimy beats depict life in and around our nations capitol.
"It's one thing to be motivated to write because it's your job. It's another
thing to be motivated due to good rhymes & music. Diamond
District is motivation at it's Best!"
- Posdnuos of De La Soul
“This is Oddisee and it’s an incredible record. To me, this is really
defining what hip-hop from New York should be - and they’re from
Washington, DC! They represent that sound that I love so much.”
- DJ Spinna
"Shame on you if you ain't bumpin the Diamond District album
right now. Rawest Hip-Hop sh*t I heard in ages!"
- Phonte Coleman of Little Brother
"Limber lyrics and clean, precise flow characterize [Oddisee]'s
throwback rap tracks."
- J Edward Keys Rolling Stone
(added: 2009-11-02 17:25:10 )