Mum's House, Philosopher

by Otis Mensah

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I've been listening to this album regularly for over a month now. I am completely in love with it. The first three tracks are my favourites, with some of the best lyrics I've heard in a long time. There seems to be a distinct lack of ego in Otis's writing which is a refreshing thing to experience in a hip-hop album. Just buy it. It's lovely!
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Buffer Rings 04:20
People 03:57
11 Blogs 02:41


All songs from this project were indeed mind-crafted by myself in my mum’s house, where my journey began and continues. The songs were brought to life by the production of my brother, the intern, who mixed and mastered this project at his apartment in Berlin.

“Mum’s House, philosopher” is an ode to the “colours of it all”— the oxymoronic nature of every breathing second on this piece of rock. This school of thought gives voice to the sunken place of sacrifice when we numb our code of ethics to make way for comfort and survival. These sounds are from a place that sees our philosophy depleted of sense, from a time when life feels like a string of contradictory truths, seemingly right in their own lane but, when thrusted together in the tumble dryer of life, seem nonsensical and paradoxical.

Imagine consuming the soul-stirring art painted by an unforgivable moral-monster, experiencing its beauty and how wrong it feels. In the same vein, imagine giving over power to the nurturing caress of Faith that nullifies the voice of nihilism when realism calls for hopelessness because sometimes there’s an alchemy in believing against the odds.

I hope this project brings laughter and contemplation. I hope this project levitates you from the cave of your manifested traumas, even if just for a moment. I hope this project inspires you to seek out the philosophy in the mundane because apathy should never dull technicolor canvases of thought.

I hope this project paints vividly the absurdity in our reality and shows our own capacity to leave colourful trails of contradiction on our path of reason. I hope we can all strive to credit humility — the mighty shadow that darkens the fools gold glimmer of ego.


released November 16, 2018

written & performed by Otis Mensah
produced, mixed, mastered by the intern
"11 Blogs" & "Solar Eclipse" mixed by Elias Koraus
artwork and visual creative direction by GRIT MULTIMEDIA

"11 Blogs", "Buffer Rings", "Foreign Object" recorded by Oliver Harrap
"Solar Eclipse", "Outside the Cave" recorded by the intern
"People" recorded by Michael Thomas Townsend


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Otis Mensah is "a young story-teller-rapper-poet with a mesmerising delivery and a talent for drawing the poetic from the everyday happenings in his life.” The 1000 Monkeys (Spoken Word/Poetry Group). The alternative hip-hop artist has risen from a new wave; age and era which embraces a contemporary take on a nostalgic authenticity in hip-hop music. ... more

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