This week seems to be Orange County's unofficial “Odd Future” week. The LA-based hip-hop collective has scheduled two performances here for the week before Christmas, each promising to deliver a buffet of rowdy crowds, four letter words, and clothing featuring donuts and cats. OF cohorts Hodgy Beats & Left Brain — AKA Mellowhype — were enlisted to start the pre-Holiday weekend off early with a Thursday show at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, and just a few days later the entire OFWGKTA cult will be at The Observatory for their third annual Christmas extravaganza. Last night was round one, with Mellowhype taking over Chain Reaction as part of their IHeartComix promoted “Trash Wang West Coast” tour.
For virtually every other act that comes out to chants, they come out to chants of their own name. But, being that this was a crowd that has probably submerged themselves in Odd Future songs and retweets for the past few years, they decided to switch things up a bit with chants of “SLAYER!” and small spouts of “METALLICA!” alongside the more normal, expected yells. It makes sense, actually, considering Mellowhype are part of hip-hop's answer to the headbanging bombast of metal and hardcore. The crowd was ready to give them the same reaction you would find at heavy metal shows too, and it looked as if people had packed themselves tightly in the front just so their fevered spasms would be that much more potent when the beats dropped.