Brooklyn emcee Capital Ode, while representing the New York area, was originally born in Toronto, Canada and survived a nomadic upbringing that can be felt through the art he creates. A prolific artist, Ode has released 15+ singles over the course of a half decade. It’s impossible to force the New York standout into a box as Ode has mastered a number of styles, flows and melodies during his tenure. Capital Ode has already secured his popularity, performing in multiple states and gaining appeal across the globe. Between blog coverage, concerts and merchandise sales, Ode takes the grind seriously, as it’s taken a lot for him to get here. Three albums, an EP, a bevy of singles and performances later, Capital Ode brings a coolness yet awareness to the microphone, that we don’t often see.
Born Odelle in the Scarborough section of Toronto, Odelle was given the name “Ode” before he had even taken his first breath. Music was always around Ode. His father was a House and Dancehall DJ from Guyana so his early childhood household was full of records. “The best gifts I remember receiving were music” Capital Ode recalls. After moving to the states as a youth, and spending parts of his childhood in different sections of the country, Ode found solace and peace in music and in creating it. Ode was already singing and, in middle school, began writing every day to win rap battles in the cafeteria. Eventually, he would build a studio with some friends and start uploading tracks to Myspace, where he would gain his first audience outside of school and the neighborhood. As he continued studying the great emcees that came before him, learning up on music theory and creating records between class, Ode was beginning to enter a groove. By high school, Capital Ode was harnessing a sound that took inspiration from the music he’d grown up around in Toronto, South Florida, Alabama, New Jersey and New York; absorbing each culture and sound, to make a gumbo of his own.
Capital Ode was harnessing a sound that took inspiration from the music he’d grown up around in Toronto, South Florida, Alabama, New Jersey and New York; absorbing each culture and sound, to make a gumbo of his own.
2016 saw the culmination of all Ode’s work in the album, To Remember Tomorrow. The album was inspired by the question, “If a rapper drops a mixtape and nobody hears it, did they ever really drop a mixtape?” and the thought that art could be recognized for its quality far into the future. The album was, in concept, a time capsule of Ode’s current work to be rediscovered generations after its release due to him feeling that music had become disposable in the streaming era. A few years later in 2019, Ode would release his follow-up album, DONT COME HOME DEAD with full production from his main collaborator, Drum Fu. The album put a progression in mixing from previous efforts on display and discussed infidelity, illegal immigration, police brutality among other topics under the theme of Ode’s longing for his loved ones across all of the places he’d ever known as home. Ode brings a cleverness and sleekness to the microphone, while simultaneously bearing his pains openly. The album release party was a funeral held in Brooklyn where attendees dressed in all black and were treated to a live interview with Ode and Drum Fu speaking on the concepts in and creation of DONT COME HOME DEAD. This creativity paid off as Ode continued to rack up international appeal.
2019 saw the travelling nomad performing in a plethora of places including Maryland, New Jersey and New York while tallying streaming numbers upwards of 75K. Ode garnered press from the likes of Reignland, Bedford and Bowery, and The Rap Fest. This is combined with the Press he’s obtained over the course of his career including the legendary Pigeons and Planes, HipHopSpeakEasy, Sunset in the Rearview and others. Capital Ode has called DONT COME HOME DEAD his final full-length album but he isn’t finished yet though as the standout plans to release music in the form of EPs and singles better suited for music consumption in the present day.