I’m digging the retro feel, soft focus, and washed out colors in this visual for the title track off Blu’s Jesus EP (available here). The excellent, soulful beat was produced by Madlib, and the video by Aaronisnotcool.
Thursday December 8th, 2011 14:28 Blu: The Clean Hand
Blu dropped this track on his twitter a couple days ago and has apparently been recording over some Pete Rock beats. Blu kills the hazy and soulful production with his smooth, confident lyricism, and leaves me hoping that there’s more of these gems coming.
Monday October 3rd, 2011 12:49 Blu: Steel Remains (Raw)
Here’s a lo-fi cut with some bars from Blu and some crazy samples off his instrumental album Open, available now.
Wednesday August 10th, 2011 15:25 Blu: My Sunshine (feat. Nia Andrews)
Here’s a video for the first single off Blu’s new album NoYork!. The cinematography features scenes of LA dripping in saturation from the hazy heat of August, leaving us hoping for that indian summer.
Tuesday May 17th, 2011 12:19 Blu: J e s u s (LP)
Blu dropped this unannounced LP today entitled Jesus, featuring production from 9th Wonder, Hezekiah, Knxwledge, Nathan, Alchemist, Madlib, and Blu himself. Stream below, or support by purchasing on Bandcamp. Hopefully this is the prelude to his major label release NoYork!.
Friday April 15th, 2011 16:10 MED ft. Blu: Your Life (Prod. by Exile)
West Coast rapper MED‘s album Bang Ya Head 3 will be released independently through Fat Beats on April 26th, while we await his sophomore release this summer on Stones Throw. There’s a Mighty Healthy sample (hit mics like Ted Koppel…), along with a verse from Blu and production from the sonic genius that is Exile. I’m hoping that a Below the Heavens follow-up is on its way soon.
Friday February 18th, 2011 17:50 Blu: Amnesia (Rewind)
I know your favorite color was another butter pecan / praline dream picked her up for the weekend / tried to hide feelings but they just kept leaking
Thursday November 4th, 2010 14:18 Blu: Keep It Going (prod. by Flying Lotus)
LA rapper Blu drops a new track with a feature from Wu-Tang’s U-God and a beat courtesy of Flying Lotus. This is a pretty epic collaboration of creativity considering Flying Lotus’ tremendous production. He creates a sonic wonderland of synths, drums, and samples, which produces a lush, circular quality in the beat. This is somewhat of a rare appearance on a hip hop record by FlyLo, but I think it’s safe to say that we would all be happy with further collaborations.
I really feel that Blu is one of the most under appreciated and talented MC’s in the game. He’s best known for his work with producer Exile, with his crisp flow and inspired wordplay featured throughout their incredible 2007 album Below The Heavens. Blu’s verse on “Keep It Going” has a chill, subtle bounce to it, and together with his deft lyricism it creates a hypnotizing effect, as he lethargically raps in the crazy reveberating pocket of Flying Lotus’ drums and synths.