BlackenedWhite - MellowHype
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  • Band members: Left Brain, Hodgy Beats
  • Summary: The duo that comprises Odd Future members Hodgy Beats and Left Brain releases its second studio album on Fat Possum.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Jul 28, 2011
    93
    BlackenedWhite is a refreshingly original album where it counts and it never gets under your skin the way Tyler's albums can.
  2. Jul 29, 2011
    81
    The catch-22 for MellowHype is that while their centrism certainly has its merits, their music is unlikely to convert anyone that has, at this point, already written off Odd Future. Which leaves them with a solid, fun rap album to satiate a feverish cult and a growing number of casual fans.
  3. Aug 2, 2011
    80
    The original mixtape is worth checking for the Sweatshirt bits alone, but this version does a better job of putting the spotlight on Mellowhype, the Odd Future crew's secret weapon.
  4. Jul 18, 2011
    75
    In spite of its marvelous production from Left Brain, who shares Tyler's ear for beautifully deformed grooves and Lex Luger's gift for epileptic bangers, Blackenedwhite doesn't boil over as maniacally as Goblin, and it never fully reaches that album's reckless highs.
  5. Sep 6, 2011
    70
    If you're not a fan of gangster rap, BlackenedWhite is unlikely to change your attitude towards the genre. But for fans, this album is definitely worth checking out.
  6. Jul 3, 2012
    65
    It's clearly a release intended for hardcore Odd Future fans.
  7. 30
    The reissue of BlackenedWhite comes as a missed opportunity. Odd Future followers will likely have grabbed the expanded (and notably better) version when it was available free online a few months back; newcomers to the collective's output have better entry points elsewhere in their continuously-growing catalog.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Oct 5, 2011
    8
    Mellowhype has a wierd and unique way of expressing theirselves through their music and when it comes to the lyrics they add a twist that youMellowhype has a wierd and unique way of expressing theirselves through their music and when it comes to the lyrics they add a twist that you don't usually hear in other rappers music but, yet it's creative and interesting to listen to. there should be more music or more (lyrical) rappers like this. Expand
  2. Nov 5, 2011
    8
    This is a very accessible album from the duo; Hodgy's delivery and lyrics matched with Left Brain's beats makes for great listening. At times,This is a very accessible album from the duo; Hodgy's delivery and lyrics matched with Left Brain's beats makes for great listening. At times, I felt the production could be a bit more minimalistic - take a tip from Tyler - but overall, a great album. Expand
  3. Feb 8, 2012
    8
    MellowHype is flat out, undeniably dope as hell. Left Brain is able to make the perfect sound for hodgy to excel over. I can see many moreMellowHype is flat out, undeniably dope as hell. Left Brain is able to make the perfect sound for hodgy to excel over. I can see many more great things coming out of these guys. F*ck the Police is so badass and Left Brain kills the verse haha!! Expand