Since the inception of the genre, rap groups have tended to top out at around three or four members, but any musical historian would be remiss if they, for some reason, decided to intentionally overlook the handful (more or less) of noteworthy outfits that have casually exceeded that number, as if it didn’t present a decidedly un-hip fire hazard in the recording studio. Groups like Wu-Tang Clan, N.W.A., Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and more recently, OFWGKTA a.k.a. Odd Future, have taken poetic collaboration to another level, and to an extent where you might wonder how chaotic their Thanksgivings are. Surely, it has to take a toll on the individual after a while, which is why you’ve seen many of the members of the aforementioned groups branching off and trying their hand at solo work. One of the latest to do so is Hodgy Beats, one half of the duo MellowHype, which, going even further down the musical family tree, is a part of OFWGKTA. Late last month, Hodgy Beats released his Untitled EP, which was produced Flying Lotus, the Alchemist, Thelonious Martin, and Juicy J.
It’s free, so don’t feel guilty about downloading it directly here at an unfortunately low bit rate of 160 kbps. Or, if you’re uncertain about whether or not it’s worth it to taint your already pristine digital collection of lossless music, you can stream the album here. Bit rates be damned, this appears to be worth a listen.