MellowHype and Trash Talk struck a great chord together last night at Chop Suey. So many hip-hop and hardcore kids had a good time together. Wreck started the night on a hardcore note, and people were already stage diving, despite the lack of a heavy crowd. Many leaped just beyond the tiny crowd of three or four rows and landed flat on their backs on hard concrete.
As Key Nyata took the stage, the vibe switched to hip hop, but it was heavier and its beats were darker, lending itself well to the mosh pit aesthetic. The crowd became a sea of hands, passing blunts, bodies, and throwing up middle fingers on command. MellowHype's set flowed effortlessly afterward, Hodgy Beats of the duo sharing that he was incredibly high. Left Brain passed a blunt to the crowd with the expected, "This shit's legal here now!" and a recommendation to "share some with the little kid." The crowd was split about 50/50 between high school-ers and mid- to late-20's adults.
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After a full set of bangers, MellowHype surrendered the stage to Sacramento hardcore punks Trash Talk. Frontman Lee Spielman lamented a knee injury, saying "This crowd is the biggest cock tease ever. As a guy who's usually all over the room, I wish I could be moving around with you all right now. I can’t move, so you better get the fuck up here with me." Trash Talk delivered a grueling set of thrashers, sending the crowd into a wild frenzy. As the first non-hip hop group to be signed to Odd Future Records, their recent release “119” is not to be missed.