Emerging on the scene with lyricism that boasts truthful emotional drive and quick-witted mindfulness, Odyssey comes from the streets of Philly as a natural born rapper. Odyssey began releasing music in 2015 with the project Me:2015, which set the tone for his versatile brand of rapping. That same year he was featured as a collaborative writer for the album, ‘Our evoL Child’, by Kazh. Since, he has been releasing singles such as ‘Waterfall’ and ‘Peas in a Pod’ as a tease for a bigger project to come.
Born Marcus Vargas, he would have to sneak rap and hip-hop into his house due to his parent’s lack of understanding for the art that a young Odyssey was indulging in. His journey began as Odyssey when he had to present a project for his class in high school about Homer’s Epic, The Odyssey. Instead of creating a PowerPoint like the rest of his classmates, he took to what he had been studying in secret. When the day came to present, he got in front of his class and performed his rap. As he finished the last bars the room fell silent and erupted in a burst of applause. Since then, he has recognized the power his words have to influence others and has been fine tuning his craft since to become Odyssey.
Odyssey’s inspiration comes from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Anderson.Paak, and Mac Miller. However, with the passing of the late Mac Miller, Odyssey has recently been inspired to take on new projects with a re-release of ‘Waterfall’ coming out soon with possibly much more to come. Mac had a big influence on Odyssey’s music career, often even being compared in rap stylings. After Mac’s passing Odyssey said in an interview that, “Mac was the reason I started rapping and was the fundamental to my maturing process and development as an artist and human being…Life is too short to mess around about the things you care about…I just want to make good truthful music”. The music that has influenced him can be heard in his voice and flow in his single “Waterfall”, in which Odyssey sends a message to the world, saying he will not swallow his pride and passion, but will spill it for everyone to hear.