Requiem is the lead track off the phenomenal label compilation from Mello Music Group entitled Persona. Were this a lesser label full of lesser artists undoubtedly this release would quickly become part of the background noise and dust bunnies accumulating in the expanding/collapsing musical universe. Mello Music Group is a constant. Quality, Consciousness and Intelligence are their mandate. Admittedly this shouldn't be so revolutionary in Hip Hop (admittedly Common fucked the 'genre' for micro-ages).
Requiem is an interesting opener though. Oddissee, deeply akin to producer Phonte (of the influential mid-west group Little Brother) who is known for his phenomenal ear for soul and unique sample flips echoes the Detroit sound as championed by J Dilla, Black Milk and younger producers like Denmark Vessey. Every hip hop reviewer hears something Dilla in the Requiem cut but its likely owing to laziness or vague ancestral sample memories (more likely lazy cellphone search engine research). Admittedly a track was released in 2012 on Rebirth of Detroit credited to J Dilla and Allan Barnes entitled Requiem. More recognizably Dilla, born James Yancey, samples Requiem on one of his more popular Unreleased Instrumentals Trashy. But Trashy bares little resemblance to Requiem except perhaps in spirit. As to who Oddissee is sampling in the opening bars and throughout that remains a minor mystery for a hot minute. You know it though. Or you think you do.
For what it's worth later at the midpoint of the release Oddissee delivers Word To The Wise which samples indelibly - if you like - the original sample of (You) Got What I Need by Freddie Scott as recalled through Biz Markie's Just A Friend. Slick.