New Music: Oddisee & Toine – “Different Now”

by Winston "Stone" Ford

If you’re into underground hip-hop, then you already know about producer Oddisee and rising MC Toine of the group DTMD. Both acts originated in the DMV and both have had stellar years in 2010, with the former moving to Brooklyn, and the latter gaining recognition worldwide. So it’s about time that both collaborate.

“Different Now,” is a rather epic track, with Oddisee’s beats hitting a little harder than his usual work. The flip of The Manhattan’s Am I Losing You was just the basis for his instrumental, while he adds more synths on top. On top of that, Odd takes the mic in addition to the homie Toine, who’s lyrics about the maturatation into mainhood is timely and poitnant. The result is a track that lacks the throwback elements of Diamond Distrct but gives us a glimpse of Oddisee’s future production.

“Different Now” is a free track off of the Mello Music Group’s Helpless Dreamer compilation, which is out now.