Riff: Mellowhype – “Tisk”

Dec 11, 2017

Tazmanian, Animaniac, animation/Fly on my spacey craft I’m an alien/You slept on us/Too many ‘wahhh’ baby naps

from Tisk lyrics by Mellowhype

Playfully spastic and wildly brash, a lyrical melee full of elbows, nonsense and smack talk. It’s classic Hodgy and the carnival-like beat hammered out by Left Brain sets the stage for his antics. Hodgy’s weaving in and out of traffic blindfolded; smashing into cars, stop signs and bystanders. No one is safe. He’s a proud menace and embracing the same misfit attitude that made him such a draw in the first place. There’s no story line to follow, more like a sucking of the teeth that shows he’s still indifferent towards everybody’s opinion of him. The hallmark of Mellowhype is the juxtaposition of nonchalant flows and slamming beats. Both are achieved here, all that’s left to do is wait for the floodgates to fully open and make the return official.


Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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