Monday, December 2, 2013

Ticket Giveaway - Mellowhigh at Mr. Smalls 12-4-13

Because it's easier than writing cohesive paragraphs (like we could ever do that anyway), here are 10 reasons you should see Mellowhigh at Mr. Smalls Wednesday: 

#1: Mellowhigh is Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, and Left Brain.  The three are members of LA-based hip-hop collective Odd Future, easily one of the biggest, most important names in hip-hop today.  Also known as Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, or just OFWGKTA.

#2: Some of the music's biggest names in music have broke out from Odd Future.  Frank Ocean? He was Wolf Gang long before his Album of the Year nomination. Tyler, the Creator? The group's leader can be heard on tracks with Mac Miller, Pusha T, and Lil Wayne.  Any of the three might be next to break through. 

#3: This is the single, "Yu," from their self-titled album. Warning, it may cause your THC levels to spike.

#4: Now with 50% more Odd Future!  Hodgy Beats and Left Brain put out three albums as Mellowhype.  Now with Domo Genesis on board, the trio go by Mellowhigh.  

#5: Wiz Khalifa fans can't go wrong with something called Mellowhigh, right?  Well, the history is a bit more complicated.  Domo put out a mixtape, in the summer of 2010, called Rolling Papers.  Wiz named his album the same, in 2011.  Tyler, the Creator took exception, and tweeted out "Everyone On My Friends List, Tell That Nigga WIZ KHALIFA To Give @damiergenesis His Fucking Album Title Back. WOLF GANG" 

#6: It's ok, they're cool now! Domo and Wiz have since worked together, on this track, "Ground Up."  Here's hoping that the two weed rappers collaborate on a mixtape in the future, like Wiz did with Curren$y.  (Wiz is cool with Tyler now, too.  Or they're at least instagram buddies.)

#7: The concert is presented by Timebomb Shop, Pittsburgh's original and best streetwear store.  Here's a video of owner Brick Diggler talking with MTV about the Pittsburgh hip-hop scene.   

#8: Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt was just here, and judging Mr Smalls instagram feed, the show was wild.  You don't want to miss out on two in a row.

#9: Four local rappers open:  Tairey, Norman Dean, Palermo Stone, and Crystal Seth. Come out to support your hometown:

#10: We are giving away a pair of tickets to the show.  Email your name to, and put "mellowhigh" in the subject line. Winners will be announced sometime Tuesday night.  

-- B. Conway