Hodgy released his debut album Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide in December 9, 2016 on Columbia. Following his success as a founding member of Odd Future and MellowHype rapper, Hodgy dedicated three years of his practice to developing the album and its artwork.
Trade the past for a never ending story.
Trade the end for a new beginning.
Trade hatred for a better understanding.
Trade slavery for freedom.
Trade anger for artistic expression.
Trade like for eternal love.
“My debut album is gratefully my past to present,” explains Hodgy, born Gerard Long. A contemporary wizard, illusionist and dreamer, Hodgy represents the vision for a new generation of artists who take an interdisciplinary approach to shifting paradigms and disassociating from expected boundaries. The album is a reflection of Hodgy’s evolution from teenage angst to fatherhood within the undertones of a mystic lyricist. Hodgy’s approach to his art is enigmatic. He is a breathing manifestation and traveling light that serves as a mirror for humanity through these ever-changing times.
Fireplace features guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes and Salomon Faye as well as production from BadBadNotGood, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Knxwledge, 88-Keys and more. Thinking beyond Fireplace, Hodgy has a collaborative album with Nelly Furtado in the works and is currently putting together the pieces for another MellowHype project, all while envisioning his sophomore album.
Hodgy and Nathaly Charria began working together in October 2016.