MellowHype (Hodgy Beats and Left Brain) - Numbers

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MellowHype combines turned up "trap" Rap with sharp lyricism, a sound both exclusive and in line with Odd Future's rebellious regime.

Generally the case with nepotism, Tyler, The Creator's success has enabled the rest of Odd Future to shine within their own right. Sharing nearly equivalent fervor without similar spotlight, offshoot group MellowHype has combined turned up "trap" Rap with sharp lyricism to carve a unique sound that is both exclusive and in line with their leader's rebellious regime. The culmination of much ingenuity and hard work, Numbers is MellowHype's formal retail debut thanks to the camp's well publicized Sony RED distribution deal.

Comprised of unpredictable rapper Hodgy Beats and OFWGKTA's secondary producer Left Brain (cooking up sample free keyboard beats in the same vein as Tyler), MellowHype lives up to its contradictory name, as this faction can't be easily labeled and neatly placed into a box. Still in their early twenties, the two have fleshed out a cohesive chemistry that is present during hyperactive and crunk moments such as "Grill" and "Untitled L," also sneaking in prettier melodies on "65/Breakfast"and the Frank Ocean featured ode to the Golf Wang's achievements with "Astro." Where the less noticed Mike G and the heavily clamored for Earl Sweatshirt appear on "666" and "P2" respectively, the fewer team contributions allow Hodgy to flourish and show his personal growth since the squad's grand arrival in 2010. Unexpected surprises come by way of introspection on "Snare," "Brain" which attacks society in defense of America's youth and "Under 2," explaining the sudden transition from adolescence into fatherhood, all demonstrating greater responsibility as the camp is typically assumed to be childish.

Numbers can be applauded as the mature nature and notably impressive songwriting displays progression from MellowHype's older riotous material, despite flaws including Left Brain's fun filled lack of command on the mic and slightly repetitive tunes resulting in an overall uneven package. Hodgy Beats has willed himself into an inspirational figure for listeners who have kept a watchful eye over his development, likely meaning the duo will go on to continual strides having just begun to make a statement.


  • Midsizejman

    I think it is a departure from their normal style. They show really good progression. I did not really like it at first but it grew on me fast.

  • Anonymous

    Check out "Perfection Is A Theory" by Sivil! Album of the year!

  • gra

    not as good as the previous album but still fire

  • Devashia

    You Guys Are So Mad At The Fact They're Atheist? Let Them Believe In What The Fuck They Want To, You're Not Feeding Them By Giving Your Opinion THEY DONT GIVE A SHIT They Getting Paid For The Shit, Im A Christian And I Love Ofwgkta, They're Dope. Thats All That Matters I Listen To Them Cause I Like The Music FUCK All That Other Shit Btw P2, Beat , And GNC goes SOOOO FUCKING HARD ON THIS ALBUM!! #WolfGang

  • 777bernie

    These muthafuckaz. You see how hard the media pushes anything anti-christian? These niggaz is supposed to be rebellious so they go at christians. Upside down crosses? Pussy ass niggaz. I'd slap all the Odd Futures muthafuckaz in a straight line like I was they daddy, nigga. Odd Futute, ya'll got balls? Go at them muslims then nigga.

  • Cornel

    People are so ignorant, they know what odd future stands for but they still choose listen to them.All they do is praise SATAN

  • D-3317

    This album was good i believe people just don't like it because they don't understand the whole Odd Future mind set and are offended with the upside down cross. Besides most people who say this album is all about satanism never listened to it because not once do they mention anything about devil worshipping. The beats were alright and the lyrics were decent but overall it still kept the Mellowhype vibe and originality.

    • Anonymous

      ^^^ You don't know what your talking about. The True meaning of the inverted cross is as follows: The origin of the Inverted Cross comes from the Catholic tradition that Simon Peter was crucified upside down, as told by Origen of Alexandria. The tradition first appears in the "Martyrdom of Peter", a fragmented text found in, but likely predating, the apocryphal Acts of Peter, which was written no later than 200 A.D. It is believed that Peter requested this form of crucifixion as he felt he was unworthy to be crucified in the same manner that Jesus died. As such, some Catholics use this cross as a symbol of humility and unworthiness in comparison to Jesus. According to Roman Catholicism, the Pope is Peter's successor as Bishop of Rome. Therefore the Papacy is often represented by symbols that are also used to represent Peter one example being the Keys of Heaven, another the Petrine Cross. During Pope John Paul II's visit to Israel, he sat on a chair with the Cross of Peter cut into the back. The inverted cross is also one of the traditional symbols used by Petrine Orthodox Sebomeno

    • joe5286

      they litter their videos with luciferian symbols. and their lyrics may not directly worship satan or the occult, but they walk in those ways and celebrate that lifestyle. look at the cover...

  • yodee

    sick album!! new breath of fresh air on the hip-hop

  • joe5286

    Devil-worshipping has no place in hip hop. That's all Odd Future is about. They promote satanism, nihilism, death, occultism, hate, and homosexuality. A very disgusting group. Hip hop is about soul, not about death.

    • Anonymous

      now put your hands to together and mumble shit at the sky

    • joe5286

      Atheism is the most ridiculous, illogical faith out there -- "the fool says in his heart there is no God." Regardless they put satanic and occult images and messages all over their music, so that's what they'll get called

    • Ciaran O'Reilly

      you have it all wrong, america allows the right to hate and odd future are atheists, that means they doon't believe in anything including the devil cause the bible is bullshit to them and the bible is where the devil along with the rest of his fictional cohorts originated from. do a bit of research next time mate it only makes you look ignorant.

  • Wasabi McGruff

    You already know.

  • Anonymous

    you all really need to keep up...where is the macklemore review...damn DX

  • Anonymous

    Left needs to rhyme less, but Hodgy gets biz

  • mikeyyyxxx

    untitled l is awesome

  • Anonymous

    MellowHype is epic

  • asher1985

    i love this lazy ass website. they wait 2 weeks between album reviews, when many good albums come out, and review this sorry ass album that barely cracked the top 200? your website is going to be history soon if you keep up this shit. has reviewed like 7 albums in the amount of time it took you to review one. smh

    • PDXDarby

      You're joking that this "sorry ass album" barely cracked the top 200, right? Numbers was #1 on ITUNES for albums for a while. It's like, 20th or something right now. Fucking joke.

  • Pitchfork

    Though it slipped under the radar, MellowHype's "La Bonita"-- the first single off their sophomore album Numbers-- was an interesting new direction for the duo of Hodgy Beats and Left Brain. Odd Future got popular without really ever going pop, but "La Bonita" threatened to change that. It didn't, of course, but for all the hosannas that Odd Future have issued in the direction of Pharrell, this was the first song to sound like it could be dropped straight into a classic Neptunes mix. Pharrell's attempts at this kind of light, slinky funk in the past half-decade have yielded results frighteningly close to Jimmy Buffett, but "La Bonita" pops, thumps, and pays off at the end when Hodgy nearly cops Pharrell's honeyed falsetto. So it comes as a disappointment that Numbers itself is a retreat into insularity. Though it's the nominal follow-up to the group's debut album, Numbers follows more in the footsteps of Hodgy's Untitled EP, which was a pleasant, though unspectacular, foray into weed-fueled indie rap. But both that EP and Numbers lack the blistering energy of MellowHype's debut, and that's something that the group initially made its name on. There is no "Fuck the Police" on Numbers-- a song like "Untitled L", which aims to play that role, feels like its going through the motions. Odd Future's greatest asset as a collective was that they demanded you pay attention and form an opinion, and BlackenedWhite succeeded at doing that as well as anything the group put out. Numbers does no such thing. Above all, it asks one question: What's the end game for MellowHype? That's because there's nothing wrong with making rap for stoners, but Hodgy-- the group's main MC-- isn't exactly MF Doom. He can rap on a technical level, but Numbers begins to reveal flaws in MellowHype's formula. Hodgy raps quickly but not exactly creatively, and without the foot-through-door bangers that pepper BlackenedWhite, his verses and Left Brain's wonky productions begin to bleed into each other in a way that does its individual songs no favors. Where the group's debut explicitly suggested that you play it while wreaking havoc on Halloween, Numbers is dragged down by a distinct aimlessness and lack of direction. There are high points, but a lot of the album feels interchangeable. If songs like "Break" or "GNC" or "Monster" exchanged titles or switched out verses, it would be hard to tell. "La Bonita" doesn't have that problem, nor does "Snare", which effectively deploys a group of singing children (or at least the simulation of one). "P2" and "Astro", which feature Earl Sweatshirt and Frank Ocean, respectively, also stand out, but even those magnify the lack of starpower that is Numbers' relative downfall. If there's one thing that could've improved the album, it would be the increased presence of Left Brain. His production, whether he's playfully pawing at your face with sampled guitars on "P2" or pounding out radio-ready synth melodies as on "Astro", is fantastic. His beats are mostly built from the noise up, and it would be difficult to be as obsessed with sounds as Left Brain seems to be without making beats that are formless. But that's Left Brain's charm-- the central gurgling synth figure of "Beat" shouldn't really work, but it's one of the most repayable things on the record. He appears too infrequently as a rapper, though-- his charming goofiness and laid-back charisma cuts through Hodgy's unflinching seriousness but isn't deployed enough. Numbers is a solid rap record, but MellowHype have shown themselves to be capable of more. They further burrow into their own world here, but it results in exponentially diminishing returns. The group that offers skewed takes on Waka Flocka Flame and the Neptunes is galvanizing, but the MellowHype on Numbers is standardized, and that's something it never quite seemed they would be.

  • d

    i love mellowhype, i don't hate trap rap, but i'd rather listen to ther early work

  • Anonymous

    I'm a huuuuuge OFWGKTA fan. But this album was a big disappointment to me. Wasn't terrible, but it wasn't nothing ground breaking or remember-able. i'd give it a 3 out of 5.

  • larry

    This album is dope. Its like artistic trap music

  • allmusic

    When the Odd Future crew burst into the mainstream with their first wave of label-backed releases, it felt as though Pandora's box had been opened, unleashing a torrent of chaotic, youthful energy upon the hip-hop world. While members Tyler and Earl Sweatshirt drew initial plaudits with their profane nihilism, duo MellowHype emerged as an altogether different kind of presence. Still cloaked in a shroud of blunted-out darkness, Hodgy Beats and Left Brain continue to deliver sonic uneasiness on Numbers. With a sound that's more subtly sinister than their other OF comrades, the album finds the pair upping the ante with a collection of songs that feels more visceral than their earlier work, while still maintaining enough of a haze that that it feels distinctly like MellowHype. This helps to create an almost intoxicating mix of aggression and dissonance. The way the songs work to rile up, confuse, and generally poke at the listener from all angles makes the group feel like the hip-hop equivalent of black metal (and not just because the album's packaging features an upside-down cross and pentagram), wrapping Hodgy's hostility in Left Brain beats that feel like traditional club bangers that took a detour through the uncanny valley as they unsettle dazed listeners while they try to put their finger on what exactly is wrong. It's that line between accessible and alienating that MellowHype have so brilliantly walked, making Numbers an engaging album from some of Odd Future's best and brightest.

  • firealarm

    I enjoyed it but it's not something I'm gonna listen to over and over. It's a 3/5 I don't know how you can almost give it a 4/5 it wasn't near that good IMO.

  • huh

    DX is handing out 3.5s and 4s like pamphlets lately...