Hip hop has undoubtedly become increasingly open about mental health issues in recent years, and Queens, New York rapper Otis Clapp adds to the conversation with “Talk To Myself” Pt. 2.
The song is the second track leak from his forthcoming Quentin EP, which was written while Otis was battling depression. “I seclude myself during hard times,” Otis says. “It gave me plenty of time to think, but it also made me lose myself.”
Purchase/stream “Talk To Myself” Pt. 2 on Apple Music https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/talk-to-myself-pt-2-single/1403196852
Listen to “Talk To Myself” Pt. 2 on Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/album/90949441
Otis’s Quentin EP is due out later this year and will serve as the follow-up to 2017’s Helen Keller EP.
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More about Otis Clapp
Hailing from Queens, New York, Otis buried himself in music from a young age as a means of escaping an unstable and abusive home life. His passion for hip hop drove him from lunchroom cyphers to sharing stages with heavyweights such as Action Bronson, Diplo, J.Cole, Mac Miller, Ab Soul and more. While Otis always scribbled rhymes in the back of the classroom, it wasn’t until he heard Common and Sadat-X on “1999” that he realized he wanted a career in hip hop.
By 1999 Otis began writing, producing, mixing and mastering his own music. His diligence paid off in 2011, when Otis was afforded the opportunity to mix and executive produce three projects for YC The Cynic (now known as Kemba), including his 2013 GNK album. This led to a performance opportunity at the four year anniversary of “Comedy at the Knitting Factory,” hosted by Hannibal Buress. Here, Otis performed before Chris Rock’s surprise performance and comedian Amy Schumer later co-signed Otis’s song “Fiona.” In 2014, following his second straight appearance at CMJ week and a special guest performance at the NY Loves Dilla event, Otis performed alongside YC at the Heineken Green Room with Ghostface Killah, and performed at the 2015 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Named one of the top “underground” artists of 2011 and 2012, Otis is set to rekindle flames with his forthcoming Quentin EP.