Left Brain

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Left Brain
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Left Brain performing with Odd Future in July 2011.
Background information
Birth name Vyron Dalyan Turner
Also known as
  • Left Brizzle
  • Mellow
  • Scottie Pimpin'
  • David McGruffin
  • Squidward's House
  • Beyonte
  • Lord Rudah
  • Left Brain Israel
Born (1989-12-29) December 29, 1989 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • record producer
Instruments
Years active 2007–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website oddfuture.com

Vyron Dalyan Turner (born December 29, 1989), better known by his stage name Left Brain, is an American rapper and record producer from Los Angeles, California. He is best known for being a member of the hip hop collective Odd Future, as well as being a member of MellowHype with Hodgy, and MellowHigh with Hodgy and Domo Genesis. He is also associated with hip hop production team Sleeptvlk. Turner is currently signed to Mind Gone Music and Odd Future Records.

Personal life[edit]

Left Brain attended Crenshaw High School from 2003 to 2007 with fellow Odd Future member Mike G. He is the godfather of rapper Hodgy's son Trenton Long. He has a fraternal twin brother and he is the cousin of fellow hip hop record producer JHawk.

Career[edit]

2007–10: Early career[edit]

Left Brain founded the alternative hip hop collective Odd Future with other members Tyler, The Creator, Hodgy Beats, Jasper Dolphin, Matt Martians, Pyramid Vritra, and Casey Veggies in 2007. They released their debut mixtape The Odd Future Tape on November 15, 2008. Left Brain contributed mainly to production with only one vocal credit on the track "Lisa."

In 2008, Left Brain and Hodgy Beats formed the duo MellowHype. Left Brain would mainly handle production with occasional vocals while Hodgy Beats handles lead vocals. They released their debut mixtape YelloWhite on February 24, 2010. Odd Future released their second mixtape Radical on May 7. Left Brain contributed only vocals on the track "Swag Me Out." MellowHype released their second mixtape BlackenedWhite on October 31.

2011–13: Rise in popularity[edit]

Left Brain performing in Dublin, Ireland, 2011.

In early 2011, Odd Future reached mainstream attention with the release of Tyler, The Creator's single "Yonkers". MellowHype released a reissue of their second mixtape BlackenedWhite as their debut studio album on July 12, 2011, by Fat Possum Records. The reissue's track listing altered from the original mixtape's with some tracks added and some removed. Odd Future released a compilation album 12 Odd Future Songs on October 3. It contained older and lesser-known Odd Future songs as well as newly-recorded music, such as "67" by MellowHype. In 2011, Left Brain formed MellowHigh with Hodgy Beats and other Odd Future cohort Domo Genesis.

On March 20, 2012, Odd Future released their debut studio album The OF Tape Vol. 2, by their recently founded record label Odd Future Records. MellowHype started MellowHypeWeek and released a new song everyday from September 11 to September 17 to hold fans over for their second studio album Numbers. Numbers was released on October 9, through Odd Future Records.

On October 31, 2013, Left Brain, Hodgy Beats and Domo Genesis released MellowHigh's self-titled debut studio through Odd Future Records.

2014–present: Solo career[edit]

On May 19, 2014, a short film called Belong, that contains all original music by Left Brain, was released.[1] On July 4, MellowHype released their third mixtape INSA which stands for "I Need Some Answers".

On January 18, 2015, Hodgy Beats confirmed that MellowHype will no longer exist. Although he and Left Brain will continue to make music together, just no longer under the name MellowHype.[2] On November 27, Left Brain released the extended play Mind Gone with hip hop production team SLEEPTVLK.

Left Brain released his debut solo mixtape Mind Gone Volume 1 on April 20, 2017, by Mind Gone Music.

Discography[edit]

Collaborative albums[edit]

List of collaborative albums, with selected details
Title Album details
BlackenedWhite
(with Hodgy, as MellowHype)
The OF Tape Vol. 2
(with Odd Future)
Numbers
(with Hodgy, as MellowHype)
  • Released: October 9, 2012
  • Label: Odd Future
  • Format: Digital download, CD, LP
MellowHigh
(with Hodgy and Domo Genesis, as MellowHigh)
  • Released: October 31, 2013
  • Label: Odd Future
  • Format: Digital download

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Album details
Mind Gone EP
(with SLEEPTVLK)
  • Released: November 27, 2015
  • Label: Mind Gone Music
  • Format: Digital download

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Album details
The Odd Future Tape
(with Odd Future)
  • Released: November 15, 2008
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
YelloWhite
(with Hodgy, as MellowHype)
  • Released: February 24, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Radical
(with Odd Future)
  • Released: May 7, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
BlackenedWhite
(with Hodgy, as MellowHype)
  • Released: October 31, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
MellowHypeWeek
(with Hodgy, as MellowHype)
  • Released: September 11 to September 17, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
INSA
(with Hodgy, as MellowHype)
  • Released: July 4, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Mind Gone Volume 1
  • Released: April 20, 2017
  • Label: Mind Gone
  • Format: Digital download

Compilations[edit]

List of compilations, with selected details
Title Album details
12 Odd Future Songs
(with Odd Future)
  • Released: October 3, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Claustroflowbic" 2009 Hodgy Beats The Dena Tape
"Crap" 2011 N/A
"Cocaine / Tevie" The Internet Purple Naked Ladies
"Lincoln" The Internet, Mike G
"Trashwang" 2013 Tyler, The Creator, Na'kel, Jasper Dolphin, Lucas, L-Boy, Taco, Lee Spielman Wolf
"Tellin' You" Mike G, Pheally Blunt Verses
"Karateman" Hodgy Beats untitled 2
"No Pressure" 2015 OG Juan, Papa E Pill, FredGT BroMitzvah
"Higher" TreeJay, DJ Clockwork Baum Blvd
"How" Santana Ali N/A
"Dam" Mike G Verses II
"P.O.S." 2016 Pregnant Boy, FredGT 1st Trimester
"Literally" Pregnant Boy, Ziggy 2 Playa
"Chicken Coop" Pregnant Boy
"Seat Belt" Pregnant Boy, Fabo
"The Wave" Pregnant Boy, Doja Cat
"Counterwise" John Ibe, OG Maco, Danny Seth, Jace, Cassow, e9ne Obstructed Environments

References[edit]

  1. ^ BELONG. YouTube (2014-05-19). Retrieved on 2015-11-08.
  2. ^ "Hodgy Beats Says MellowHype Is No More". HipHopDX.