Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles MellowHype, a hip-hop duo from Los Angeles.
MellowHype is yet another musical collaboration to come out of Odd Future, the American hip-hop collective from Los Angeles. If you haven’t heard of Odd Future you need to know two things: 1. It is headed by Tyler the Creator and includes Frank Ocean and 2. It’s pretty great. MellowHype brings a kind of measured, but club worthy hip hop sound that gets stuck in your head.
Origins: Los Angeles, California
Band members: Gerard Long (Hodgy Beats), Vyron Turner (Left Brain)
Known for: MellowHype are known for being a part of the Odd Future collective
Used in a sentence: As far as album titles go, these guys seem to save their creativity for the music and the videos.
File next to: Odd Future
Download now: “La Bonita”
Three fun facts:
1.Hodgy Beats and Left Brain met at a party.
2.Their song, “On Ya Mind” is featured on the soundtrack for the video game Madden 12.
3. Hodgy Beats is part of another duo called MellowHigh.
2010 They released their first studio album YelloWhite.
2011 They released their second album, BlackendWhite.
2012 The duo released one track a day for 7 days, titling the effort MELLOWHYPEWEEK.
2012 MellowHype released Numbers, their third album.
The lyrics aren’t the greatest, but the beat is irresistibly catchy.
Lil’ mami got an ass like a mami do (mami do)/But I’mma spank that ass like a papi do (papi do)/You in trouble, la bonita, with that attitude (attitude)/Red lipstick with the tattoo (tattoo)/We in that ‘63 Impala bangin Big Pun (Big Pun)/My other la bonita rollin’ up a big one (roll up)/Sexy cholo baby ridin’ with that big gun/My Spanish model bitch, she a thick one (thick one)