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Editors’ Notes

Originally dropped online as an instrumental album showcasing Blu's production prowess, Open has been revamped to feature verses from 15 up-and-coming emcees hand-picked by Blu; he himself rocks the mic on two selections. Most of the artists are unknown, but the vast majority come off exceptionally well, sounding right at home over beats ranging from abstract, experimental weirdness to relentlessly funky headbangers. Standout joints include "Twenty Seven" with South Broad, "Part Time Suckas" featuring Fresh Daily and Chop, the blissed-out "Remember Me" with Detail & Definite, and Aaron Smartz's horn-propelled feel-good anthem "Gotta Be Free." Other highlights are Tribe of Levi on "The Dance" and Esmerelda Starlett on the dusty jazz number “Brown Sucre."

Customer Reviews

Forget Cole

J. Cole gets all the hype but Blu has to be 10x better than him. Support real music.

And it don't stop!

Once again Blu drops dope music. Keep doing your thing! Real reagonize real!!

Open/O'Pen Minded

Blu has got it all. Been a fan since 2008. & I can humbly say that he deserves whatever goodwill & fortune may come his way. Your MyBoyBlu!


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active:

With his cool-headed SoCal demeanor and everyman charisma, Blu was championed at the onset of his recording career when he collaborated with Emanon DJ/producer Exile for the highly acclaimed LP Below the Heavens (2007). Born Johnson Barnes in Inglewood, California, Blu, whose stepfather was a pastor, was very influenced by gospel and Christian rap when he was developing his MC skills in middle and high school. His musical turning point came when he first heard the Common classic "I Used to Love H.E.R."...
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Open, Blu
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music
  • Released: Sep 27, 2011
  • Parental Advisory

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