MellowHype, 'BlackenedWhite' (Fat Possum)

Critical Mass
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Label: Fat Possum

by Chris Martins

"Odd Future wolves ain't some passive artists," ?raps Hodgy Beats on "Brain," and it's not a ?hollow boast. The Los ?Angeles crew may be anarchic and insular, but this duo have retooled their 2010 second album, BlackenedWhite, to solicit converts. Producer Left Brain breaks ground on bangers that stitch ambient electronica to cracked G-funk, while Hodgy sports the casual swag of Wiz Khalifa or Lil Wayne, with ?a less cringe-worthy sense of humor than his peers. Hell, the Tyler, the Creator -- featuring "F666 the Police" actually makes calling out the cops sound fun again.

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