Odd Future’s Hodgy Releases A Video That Shows Creativity In Its Full Glory
Six years ago this month, Odd Future stole the show when they performed “Sandwiches” on Jimmy Fallon’s stage. Some Heads had been hip to the Los Angeles, California collective for some time. However, based on the reactions of Yasiin Bey, The Roots, and even the late-night host, Heads knew that this band of misfits was something to see, hear, and absolutely feel.
In 2017, Heads can see the diaspora of that artistic vision. The Internet’s Syd has captivated many with her Fin solo debut. Domo Genesis continues to make an exceptional discography, as recently as 2016’s self-titled LP. Earl Sweatshirt has transcended from mischievous Rap wunderkind into a generation’s thought-leader and elite lyricist. Tyler, The Creator needs no superlatives as he’s blazed a trail through DIY music videos that reset the standard for budding MCs in the 2010s.
Hodgy (fka Hodgy Beats) is often overlooked in things. Early on, he and Left Brain waved the MellowHype flag. Like Inspectah Deck to Wu-Tang Clan, some of Hodgy’s best work was given to the group. Now coming forth with his 2016 Fireplace:TheNotTheOtherSide album (on the Odd Future imprint), Heads get a long look at what makes him such a versatile MC, producer, and visionary.
“Glory” is where Hodgy hopes to go. Produced by Reflection Eternal’s DJ Hi-Tek, the single traces Hodgy’s aim to find a place in the world, and the crowded music space. Also, the record has some rich commentary on Hodgy’s age, racial identity, and defiance to the social norms.
“Hunger is the sickness, zombies coming with a vengeance / I go figure on the hill like Tom with his inventions / Love for my music, my people, remind me my intentions / It’s a battle to get it right when your thoughts are henchmans / True to survive in the night, the fight or flight / Firefight, the fire, the fireflies shining bright at night”
The video features mixed media, including some wavy animation.
Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne are guests on the album, which also features production from 88-Keys, Nottz, and Knxledge (of NxWorries).