Between all the madcap happenings surrounding the Odd Future crew -- Tyler's maniacal musings, Frank Ocean's R&B ruminations, the occasion palm tree burned down by one of their fans -- sometimes folks forget about MellowHype, the two-man outfit comprised of caustic spitter Hodgy Beats and producer extraordinaire Left Brain.
Don't make that mistake! Today the duo follows up their acclaimed 2010 mixtape BlackendWhite with Numbers, their official full-length debut. We spoke with Hodgy about their gritty sounds, pushy record executives, and annoying reporters.
Judging by the hook on Numbers track "NDJKHSIF" ("People wanna know how I feel about a lot of shit/But I don't give information to these motherfuckers") I'm guessing you're not fond of reporters?
That's really honest, though. I'm fucking crazy. I'll say some shit and I'll go and look at those interviews and be like 'yo.' And I'll be fucked up from that shit. Honestly, I don't like interviews. I'd rather not do them at all. But my surroundings are telling me that I should take interviews. You seem cool. I run into a lot of really weird people. You never who's out to fucking get you. Which normally is everybody.
It was surprising to see that Tyler didn't get a feature on Numbers.
I was feeling kinda weird cause Tyler wasn't on it for the first time. But there's too many of us, yo. I should just slap all of 'em in one song.
Frank should have hooked you up with a feature on Channel ORANGE?
Yah, Frank needs to stop fucking around and put me on his next album. (Laughs.) I been on his head about that shit.
What other Odd Future-related projects are you currently involved with?
I'm up on [Tyler, The Creator's forthcoming album] Wolf singing like a pretty lady. I'm working on my untitled album, which will have zero features. The untitled EP had no features and I'm not big on features. The untitled album will be 13 tracks, only just me on there rapping. And I'm hearing Mike G is working up an EP. I'm excited for that. I seen him in the studio. Domo and Mike G I think are coming out with something together. I don't know the title or anything.
You guys have so much in the works. It's kind of absurd.
Yah, it kinda trips me out.
Was there a certain stylistic shift you were going for from BlackendWhite to Numbers?
We honestly wanted our shit to sound like a studio album. Like it was recorded in a professional studio. But sound-wise, we wanted it to one-up BlackendWhite basically. I've listened to BlackendWhite thoroughly -- the mixtape, not the re-release -- and then I've listened to Numbers, and fuck, production, just everything has improved.