“I was born with small access to big dreams, to detached homes, and Lazy Boy couches were fit thrones that would sit kings/Lion statues on the fences larger than the castles they guarded,” Oddisee muses on “Built by Pictures,” from his 2017 album, The Iceberg. “I just looked at the pictures/Didn’t have a manual to build this, just assemble it from feeling.” The Maryland rapper assembles a lot of thought-provoking verses scratched up from feeling as the musical backing segues from straight-ahead rap into groovier funk workouts. Oddisee and his nimble band Good Compny are billed with Sudan Archives, the project of singer-violinist Brittney Parks, whose recent record, Sink, shape-shifts hip-hop into arty experimentation suffused imaginatively with layers of psychedelic vocals.
Fig@7th, 735 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.; Fri., June 14, 6 p.m.; free. www.ticketfly.com/event/1860704-oddisee-good-compny-los-angeles.
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