When the name Odd Future gets mentioned most people tend to think of three figures: the R&B reviver Frank Ocean, rap's prodigal son Earl Sweatshirt and the group's mastermind and personality extraordinaire Tyler, The Creator. But there are nine other members of the collective faced with the task of proving themselves to be more than an entourage, of demonstrating that they are musicians worthy of attention in their own right.

With Untitled EP 2 Hodgy Beats seems to be setting out his case, and at points does a very good job of convincing listeners of his lyrical dexterity and musical creativity. The knotty, trap-based 'SALE' is a great example of Hodgy's ear for lyrical flow, with his words winding their way over the rumbling musical backdrop. In terms of lyrical content it seems that the rapper is interested in little more than explaining how well he's doing financially, but it's still hard not to get caught up in the pulsing rhythm of both the music and the voice.

'Karateman', arguably the EP's standout, is more introspective once it breaks into its lazy chorus ("I'm lying on a landslide/with a bag of californian to smoke/an ounce of shrooms for nature walks/and hide and toss invited some of my folks/the ones that was here before the fame/and blame the world for bringing us so close"), and you get the feeling that this is the real substance of Hodgy Beats. Music that nonchalantly considers recent life developments with an almost wistful eye and speculates on the impact Odd Future's recent fame has had on them as, still quite young, people.

'Bullshittin' adopts the drawling lounge music style that characterises a lot of Tyler recent work, while 'Wicked' sees the rapper proving his interest in music outside the hip-hop world with hefty rock chords behind a screamed chorus and a dwindling, picked electric guitar languishing behind the verses.

Throughout the EP Hodgy returns to the themes of smoking weed and making money, but the more serious theme is the sincerity of people around Odd Future, the fame hey've found and the life lessons it's forced them to learn. The intricate and pseudo-personal back story that drives Tyler's music isn't present, neither is the acutely honest insight of Earl Sweatshirt's rhymes, but Hodgy is without doubt a rapper with skill. Whether this EP is enough to prove he should be considered more than simply a member of Odd Future is debatable, and the world of alternative rap is becoming ever more crowded, but it does make him a rapper worth keeping a watchful eye on.