Hodgy Beats & Left Brain, “Iama”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 07.07.14 in Listen to This

Taken from I Need Some Answers, the free album Odd Future associates Hodgy Beats and Left Brain released on the Fourth of July, “Iama” is a surprisingly delicate blend of breathy R&B and mile-a-minute rhyming. The former comes courtesy of the song’s trancelike loop which repeats, over and over again, “I am alone.” Hodgy and Left Brain play defiantly against this, combating the wounded vocal with rhymes that assert their success, rebuff lesser MCs and raving about their backstage conquests while acknowledging the consequences that occasionally follow.