Amir Obe has had a roller coaster ride of a career so far. While his most loyal fans have supported him from the jump, the 24-year-old has had to fight his way to recognition every step of the way. From a label trying to change his image and sound on their terms, to making a major change for himself, it hasn't been an easy journey. We'll cover all that throughout the article, but let's focus first on what really matters: the music.
This summer, Obe dropped his highly anticipated Detrooklyn project, his first since 2012's The New Religion. It was received with much acclaim from fans and critics alike, garnering a VERY HOTTTTT rating from HNHH's editors and users. While the project marked a colossal shift for him sound-wise, it also represented a change in his identity. Up until that point, he had been known as Phreshy Duzit, and in giving his fans what he felt was his most personal music, he thought he should go by his real name too.
With Detrooklyn being his first release under his government name, it served as his introduction to a lot of new fans, as well as a matured and evolved project for fans of his old alter-ego. We asked him to briefly describe his style to anybody that hadn't heard him yet and he simply said, "The future. I'd say it was musical and progressive with no derivatives." Listening to all 14 tracks, we definitely hear what he means. The young MC blends his signature lyricism with next level musicality, putting instruments to work that rarely get any shine, like the church organ and steel drums on the NYLZ-produced "My D".