The son of Sudanese and American parents, Amir Mohamed was born and raised in the United States capital city of Washington
DC, spending hot summers in Khartoum learning Arabic and swimming in the Nile. Growing up amidst the sounds of New York hip
hop, his father playing Oud, Go-Go, and gospel, Amir took his first steps as an MC producer in the analog basement studio
of his legendary neighbor, Garry Shider (Parliament Funkadelic).
Convincing his entrepreneurial father that he too had business acumen, Amir laid the check from his first commercial release
on the kitchen table before his 21st birthday and never looked back. Though Oddisee has gone on to perform with The Roots,
produce for Freeway, Jazzy Jeff, Little Brother, De La Soul & Nikki Jean, and has MCd on production from Flying Lotus,
Hudson Mohawke and Kev Brown, his proudest moment was the birth of his critically acclaimed group Diamond District with fellow
Washingtonians X.O. and yU.
Known in the music industry for his independence, Oddisee consistently debunks the scatterbrained artist myth - doing everything
from booking international tours to photography to marketing and promoting himself and even other artists. He now works as
both artist and consultant with Mello Music Group, one of the foremost emerging independent labels