Rapper Dodix shares his ‘modern-day poetry’

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Rapper Odai Omari, also known as Dodix, performs on stage. (Photo: Handout from Odai Omari)
AMMAN — For the 28 year-old rapper Odai Omari, also known as Dodix, poetry, literature, and composition have always been his passions.اضافة اعلان

“I do not know how to write poetry, so for me, hip-hop came as a solution,” the artist told Jordan News in an interview. “Rap — in a way — is the modern-day poetry.”

Dodix started rapping way back in 2007, when he was only 14. “Back then we used to have weird nicknames on social media,” he recalled. “Mine was ‘dodis_X,’ one of my classmates misspelled it and called me Dodix. I liked it and it became my name ever since.”

The rapper says he uses everyday phrases and conversations in his songs, but “I can also be triggered by pressure: if something is upsetting me, I usually tend to write about it.”

One of his songs, “Wyen Msafer,” was inspired by his father’s absence because of his travels. “My father inspired that song. I wrote it as if he was saying it,” said Omari.

Omari’s family are deeply supportive of his music, despite some of their initial concerns. “My mom comes from a religious family. She was concerned at first that I’m making music, but now she does not mind it at all,” he said. “As for my dad when I made my song ‘Wyen Msafer’ I dedicated it to him and he liked that, and my sisters came to an event where I performed live.”

For the artist, rapping is not his source of income, but more of a “passion project.”

“It takes me a lot of time to come up with good lyrics. My goal is to write something that I really genuinely like. It raises my self-esteem and I feel proud of myself — I am not in it for the money,” Omari said.

Dodix is part of “Mafi Nom’s” team, a local event management company that organizes and sponsors hip-hop events in Jordan.

“Prior to the pandemic, we were thinking about expanding ‘Mafi Nom’ to cover events in Palestine, Egypt, maybe even Algeria and Tunisia,” he explained, but then the pandemic hit, and the plans were put on hold.

The rapper’s love for poetry is evident in his work. He likens the hip-hop scene, particularly “diss-tracks,” to old-time poetry battles during which poets used to battle each other and show off their skills.

“I never really regret anything. I usually think about the tracks before I release them,” he said. “As for diss-tracks, I see them as a way to maybe solve personal problems or show off your ability to write good lyrics. It’s a piece of art and I am battling the other rappers. It becomes a problem however when the fans do not get that it is simply a piece of art.”

What bothers Dodix the most about the hip-hop scene, he says, is “some of the people who represent it.”

“I love hip-hop, but I don’t necessarily love the people who do it,” the artist told Jordan news.

He explained that sometimes “money and jealousy” become problems when working together. “It does not make sense because I think we should all support each other. I think that if the performers’ actions have a bad influence on people, they should not be doing rap at all.”

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