Hodgy Beats and Left Brain are MellowHype, the second tier of L.A. shock rap group Odd Future (Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean being its first). The two come out swinging with BlackenedWhite, the follow-up to last year’s YelloWhite, released on Mississippi-based Fat Possum, of all labels.
The beats, handled by Left Brain, fall in line with the Odd Future formula: dystopian synth melodies and electronic drums. If you know the collective’s creeptastic MO, then expect the expected: confessional emo-rap tempered with misogyny, violence, guns, drugs, sex and…. Sorry, I just fell asleep for a few minutes. There’s the occasional clever turn of phrase, but MellowHype’s brand of vulgarity is subtler and less arresting than Tyler’s.
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