Hodgy Releases New EP, Entitled!
For the first time since releasing his 2016 LP Fireplace, Hodgy finally releases new music in the form of his latest EP Entitled. In the six-year stretch since fans have heard from Hodgy, he has taken the time to focus not only on the music, but on his physical and mental health as well.
This reclaiming of personal wellness started with a move from the star-studded –and at times morally draining– City of Angels to Hogtown, the 6ix, Toronto, Ontario.
The Entitled EP is, as Hodgy describes it, a “project [with] an almost bipolar feel to it, like [it’s] two different artists – one the rapper and one the singer.” A true testament to the changes in mindset that Hodgy has undergone, Entitled offers something for a wide variety of music lovers.
“Everyday,” the EP’s opening track was produced by Gorillaz’s Jeff Wootton and premiered on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music 1. It reaffirms the fact that in order to lead the life you want to live, you have to be on your grind every day.
The EP’s second track, “People Change” was co-produced with Left Brain in 2018 before Hodgy’s recovery. “People Change” is one of the many tracks that contributes to the EP’s seemingly chaotic feel. Unlike the other tracks, “People Change” stands out because of it’s raw and rough around the edges sound. It’s clear to listeners that this song was written at a time when Hodgy was a different version of the person that he is today.
“Into Someone” is a beautiful profession of love and dedication featuring minimal production to emphasize that love is greatest in its purest form. When questioned about the song’s production and meaning Hodgy says, “I find joy in creating sections in song over minimal production. Love is necessary, and a topic/feeling that will live on after we no longer exist.” Love is necessary and is the most incredible feeling that we experience. As Hodgy sings, “In the morning I choose you.” “Into Someone” reminds us that each and every day we must choose love for ourselves and for our fellow human beings.
The fourth track of the Entitled EP, “We Never Knew,” is another Left Brain collaboration. “We Never Knew” is “fresh as muffins out the oven” and delivers a killer flow over top of a simplistic and catchy beat.
“Again,” the EP’s final track, again sees Hodgy get in touch with his singing voice. It’s a great closing song, chock-full of lines that you’re going to be singing along to in no time.
One line in particular, “I kinda like you’re a maniac,” sums up the EP perfectly. Upon your initial listen, you won’t know what to expect next, and any guess you have is going to be wrong. The Entitled EP has moments of upbeat highs and mellow lows (in the best way possible). It’s all over the place, but you’re going to love it.
The Entitled EP is available now on SoundCloud and other streaming platforms. Do yourself a favor and check out this work of art by Hodgy. For more of what Hodgy is doing, make sure to check out his Website or give him a follow on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook , and SoundCloud!
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