The roots of the Hip Hop trio of Hodgy Beats, Left Brain and Domo Genesis, better known as MellowHigh, are as complex as the Bible’s begats. The saga began seven years ago in Los Angeles, when Tyler, The Creator assembled a wealth of musical and creative talent under the umbrella of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All or, more succinctly, Odd Future.
The collective has subsequently spawned a number of solo and group breakout successes, including Tyler, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt and The Internet, among others.
Original Odd Future members Hodgy Beats and Left Brain teamed up in 2008 to create a new entity they dubbed MellowHype, ultimately releasing a trio of studio albums . As MellowHype, Beats and Brain collaborated frequently with subsequent Odd Future spitter Domo Genesis, which led to the next generation side project, distinguished by a slightly tweaked version of their duo appellation — MellowHigh.
While many in the Odd Future stable concentrate on some of the more sociopathic elements of the Hip Hop spectrum, MellowHype and MellowHigh take a slightly softer approach to the collective’s weed/women/weapons manifesto. There’s still plenty of that, but MellowHigh rolls it into a potent blunt along with seismograph-triggering bass lines and Left Brain’s atmospheric production, which is reminiscent of the Ruthless Records and Death Row jams of the ’90s and, in a lot of ways, mimics the consciousness shift of actually being stoned. But there’s plenty of diversity in the MellowHigh set list as well, with punctuating blasts of moshpit worthy Crunk and chilled-down interludes of deep, thumping, soulful G-Funk. It’s all good in MellowHigh’s smoke-wreathed hood.
MELLOWHIGH performs Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley. Click here for more info .