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4.9 out of 5

514 Ratings

514 Ratings

dope beats by Exile, dope rhymes by Blu

J-Millz

This album right here is something new - its all produced by Exile so the sound is real consistent, which is rare these days. I've been an Exile fan for years, and I'm always checking for his production work (the joint he did for Mobb Deep was ill). Blu's lyrics are pretty nice as well, it seems like a real personal album for him. My favorite tracks are #1,#2, and # 15.

Best indy hip hop album of 07?

dustychild

plz let me know...cause it's definitely a contender for me.

a true gem in today's hip hop

alias76

being a fan since the narrow path single, this album delivers on so many levels... lyrically, musically, it is all cohesive with an amazing mc/producer pairing that echoes the days of pete rock & cl. my money is on these guys, they are the truth. blu is crushing 'em with the flows!

About Blu & Exile

The underground Los Angeles-based duo of MC Blu (b. Johnson Barnes) and DJ/producer Exile (b. Aleksander Manfredi) earned widespread acclaim right out of the gate with their debut album, Below the Heavens (2007), which critics crowned as the seemingly perfect marriage of Blu's everyday-struggle raps and Exile's Pete Rock- and J Dilla-inspired production. Blu, struggling to make ends meet at the time, first crossed paths with Exile in the early to mid-2000s, while the rapper earned gigs as a hype man for various soul/hip-hop outfits like Slum Village, Platinum Pied Pipers, and Exile's own duo, Emanon. In fact, Blu knew the other half of Emanon, MC/singer Aloe Blacc, who then introduced the two to each other. Deciding to sign to L.A. independent label Sound in Color, Exile's label home, in 2004, Blu began cutting a few records with the DJ/producer and assisted him with his solo LP, Dirty Science (2006). Blu was still trying to break into the industry, but Exile was enjoying production credits for the likes of Jurassic 5, Kardinal Offishall, and Mobb Deep. The release of the soul-entrenched collaborative effort, Below the Heavens in August 2007, put them both in the limelight and had fans of the alternative rap scene buzzing; however, it specifically garnered Blu many "Artist to Watch" features in various magazine and online publications throughout the year and into 2008. During subsequent years, they worked apart more than together; nevertheless, 2012 brought another co-billed LP, Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them. ~ Cyril Cordor

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