On his newest single “Peace of Mind,” hip-hop artist O.D.D.I.T.Y teams up with singer Siphiwe and famed Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins on a smooth, wavey banger that feels very much like a Jenkins song itself. For the song’s first verse though O.D.D.I.T.Y actually taps into this, dare I say it, sort of Kendrick Lamar-like cadence. He also paints a picture with his wordplay right away, opening the song with the line “My thoughts always movin’ like a Rubik’s, what’s the combination? My mind feels stuck in a box, no key to unlock, no concentration.” And you can call me crazy all you want, but I truly feel like this is a line I could hear (being delivered in a way that I would hear it) on a Kendrick song.
Of course, not unlike Kendrick, Mick is known for his own phenomenal wordplay also, and he comes through on the song’s second verse. I’ll leave you with a bit of a surprise here for when you hear it for yourself, but he does at one point end up referring back to the track’s opening line on his own verse: “if I shatter, if I crumble, that’s a different kind of concentration.” All I’ll say is that it’s probably my favorite verse of Mick’s since his 2018 album Pieces of a Man. The song’s smoothness comes thanks to Siphiwe on its tight hook, which rides right in that pocket of hard-hitting yet also melodic. My only real complaint here is that it’s a mere three minutes long. Nevertheless, this is three minutes of your time you’ll be glad you spent. Go follow O.D.D.I.T.Y on Instagram and Spotify, and in the meantime you can listen to “Peace of Mind” below.