Rock Creek Park


I’m playing catch up a bit here on Westcheddar tonight, posting some of my favorite things from the last month or so that I have neglected due to the hectic start of yet another school year. DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) producer/rapper Oddisee released a brand new instrumental album late in the summer titled Rock Creek Park, inspired by the Washington D.C. park that bears the same name. I used to live a block away from the foot of the park on 22nd and P, and I would drive through it every morning to get to my job in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It really is a beautiful place, nestled in the depths of the District, and certainly worthy of naming an album after. Read O’s story behind the music below, where he explains his longtime love of RCP and also how he drew inspiration for the project from The Blackbyrds’ heavily sampled song “Rock Creek Park” (which you can listen to down below it’s a sick track)…

“Rock Creek Park is & has always been one of my favorite places in Washington D.C. It has a way of aging with you & adapting to where you are in life. When I was younger, it was a place for skipping rocks, bike rides & imaginary adventures in the woods. As a teen it was a place where I played basketball, had cook outs with friends & walked through with dates. As an adult it’s my short cut through the city, my quickest way from Silver Spring to Georgetown. One thing it still is and always well be is my retreat.” 

“Listening to The Blackbyrds “Rock Creek Park” inspired me to create an entire album around the park & my relationship with it. If the park were to have a soundtrack, what would it be? What does walking along the trails of the park sound like? What does driving on the narrow tree lined roads sound like? This album is my interpretation of Rock Creek Park through break beats, samples & live instrumentation.”

To stream/purchase Oddisee’s Rock Creek Park, CLICK HERE. Check for “Skipping Rocks,” which is one of my favorite cuts on there. Much love to the whole DMV!!!

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