13 Songs, 38 Minutes


The Odd Future MC's highly awaited solo debut.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.


The Odd Future MC's highly awaited solo debut.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
33 Ratings
33 Ratings
Alex Dionisio

Hodgy creates positive heat

Hodgy of Odd Future just dropped his debut album Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide, but he’s been in the game for a minute, in duo MellowHype with producer Left Brain and trio MellowHigh with Left Brain and Domo Genesis, and their reputation for making excellent indie rap-fare is impressive. Hodgy’s mixtapes, solid as well, were great warmup, one could say kindling, for this official solo LP. On the beats, Fireplace offers different style combos and musical tastes that pop, spark and sizzle but never overwhelm. Hodgy’s mind state is all clean and clear, and his hot lyrics dance magnificently in the flames of his nice bright audio-tinder. At various points, he avoids trouble over casual swank in “Kundalini,” aims high and slashes hate in “Barbell” and banishes evil in “Resurrection.”

Hodgy gets deepest in “They Want” with “they want you to fail, they want you to hate yourself” so that we the listeners do the opposite, and he steals hearts when he describes the humanity of those affected by the ironfist of juggernaut police. The album is simply decorated by Hodgy’s great lyrics of wisdom, sense, intuition, lessons, advice and words to live by, set to a backdrop of cool vibes. His thought processes are healthy and pure. His bases are all filled by the end when he encourages us to make-it-happen in “The Now” and goes through fluctuating family matters in “DYSLM.” Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne guest and show confidence and faith in their man at the same time. Though it’s not the best Hodgy can do, this great original Fireplace album is stripped down to the fresh beautiful basics and succeeds intensely.



Fourth Best Member From OF. Only under Tyler, Earl, and Frank.


Amazing album

I love every part of this album. And I'm disappointed not to many people have got it

About Hodgy

An original member of left-field rap collective Odd Future, Gerard Long is known as Hodgy Beats and simply Hodgy. The rapper and producer's output dates back to 2008 with The Odd Future Tape, nine tracks of which featured his vocals. The following year, he was behind the first Odd Future solo project, The Dena Tape. Among the numerous subsequent OF-related projects that have involved Long are Tyler, the Creator's Goblin (highlighted by "Sandwitches") and the splinter acts MellowHype (a collaboration with Left Brain) and MellowHigh (joined by Domo Genesis). Long concurrently added to his solo discography with supplemental EPs and mixtapes. In 2016, he released his debut solo album, Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide, with guest verses from Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, and Salomon Faye. ~ Andy Kellman

Trenton, NJ
November 9, 1990




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