A product of the hopeless rust belt streets of Northwestern Ohio, Hodgie (formerly known as Hodgie Street) is the epitome of someone who’s conquered a hard knock life. Born in Lima to a single parent household, he quickly learned how survive in the streets. The difficult relationships his mother encountered during his childhood took a toll on him however, and it made selling drugs to support his family all but inevitable.
During high school, Hodgie balanced his street hustle with football. While he was successful at Lima Senior, an athletic career beyond high school was never really in the cards. But music was.
After putting out music and gaining a small buzz in Lima, Hodgie moved to Columbus in hopes of attaining a degree at Ohio State and also, an opportunity to link up with artists from around the city. While at OSU, Hodgie’s first potential big break came in 2006 when R&B singer Ginuwine tried signing him. Although a deal never went down, the two are close to this day, and since, Hodgie’s worked with the likes of Gucci Mane, Freeway and Stalley, among others.
More recently, Hodgie released his debut albumAmerican Dreamin’ in 2015. The project was a culmination of experiences both musically and in life, and is his most complete work to date. Since the album’s release Hodgie was invited to be a guest on Shade45’s Sway in the Morning and featured in numerous prestigious online publications including Complex, Vibe, NahRight, HipHopDX, and 2DopeBoyz.
Currently, Hodgie’s working on his forthcoming EP Street Lights, which features the already released single “Caution (feat. Lil Bizzy)” and Columbus radio-played “Mindin’ My Business” (via 106.7 The Beat and Power 107.5). The project is executive produced by Elev8tor Music headman Rashad, whose history of producing for the Lima native spans the last seven years. Street Lights eyes a March release date and will preempt CMH to ATL, another EP slated for release in 2017.