Earlier this year, Mello Music Group released the stellar compilation album Persona; full of biting social commentary and the roster's dynamic skill sets, it was one of the most thorough, focused and complete comps in recent memory. Now Oddisee, the DC-bred backbone on each side of the boards, strikes out on his own. The Good Fight, the rapper-producers's seventh solo album in eight years, is perhaps his most thoughtful and poised effort to date. Preceded by the stark, stunning video for "Counter-Clockwise," The Good Fight explores the fluid, complex power structures in DC, New York (where Oddisee now lives) and in his family's native Sudan. As with all his work, the songs overflow with the jazz and funk influences of his youth, and repurpose pop formats with do-it-yourself grit.

Back in 2009, Oddisee took the underground rap world by storm as one-third of Diamond District, the trio that includes Uptown XO and YU. Their first album, In the Ruff, took a measured approach to dissecting the nation's capital, from Capitol Hill and the multi-million dollar condos that line it to the slums that are just a few blocks away. Last year, they returned to the foreground with a new LP, March on Washington. Oddisee has at least two more projects due out this year, an instrumental tape and a full-length album with a Mello Music Group MC.

Stream The Good Fight in its entirety below:

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