It’s been a rather quiet transition, but Hodgy Beats has evolved leaps and bounds as an artist since his beginnings with Odd Future.
Back in August, Hodgy dropped the second half of his name along with the surprisingly diverse Dukkha mixtape, signaling the LA emcee's move toward a broader musical spectrum. The tape was delivered with the promise of an upcoming studio debut, and just last month Hodgy made good on that promise with the announcement of Fireplace:TheNotTheOtherSide and its lead single “Barbell.”
Today (December 1), Hodgy has delivered the second taste of Fireplace in the form of the Busta Rhymes-assisted single “Final Hour," and it’s even more exciting than the first.
Hodgy has always been a standout member of the Odd Future collective, but it’s been more of a steady build for his recognition when compared to fellow Odd Future darlings Earl Sweatshirt and The Internet.
With his recent releases, however, Hodgy has clearly shown that his time spent honing his craft has been very well spent—“Final Hour” is a dynamite single, and showcases a musical complexity that adds a whole new dimension to Hodgy’s appeal.
Not only that, but Hodgy wisely capitalized on an extremely focused and inspired Busta Rhymes—fresh off the release of Tribe's No. 1 album—for a feature that electrifies the track and, alongside appearances from Lil’ Wayne, Knxwledge, and BADBADNOTGOOD, should place Hodgy’s upcoming studio debut at the top of any ‘highly-anticipated releases’ list.
With Fireplace, Hodgy is on the verge of enjoying a legitimate moment in the spotlight outside of the Odd Future collective, and after hearing “Final Hour,” it sounds like he’s about to own it.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.