15 Songs, 59 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

46 Ratings

46 Ratings


gary colemen

i dont even know what to say. ....words can not express the inovative and unique sounds of this album. a master piece of both synthisized harmonies, and blend of a diverse sample collection. much like black milk, flying lotus, madlib, jake one, and j dilla, hip hop hasx transcended to a new level. a classic in its own pose, exile delivers beyond what could have been expected with his colab with blu.

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its a must exile is the best producer

One of the best in the business


This dude made the hip hop classic Below the Heavens last year with Blu, but this is some pioneer s@%t. Making all the songs from radio samples is something not just anybody can pull off. Other producers beware, Exile is a destroyer! Bugged out video on YouTube, too. Five stars.

About Exile

Although Exile had already made a name for himself in the left coast hip-hop scene, both as part of the duo Emanon (with Aloe Blacc) and by producing tracks for Jurassic 5, Kardinal Offishall, and Mobb Deep, among others, it wasn't until the release of his 2007 album with rapper Blu, called Below the Heavens, that the Los Angeles-based producer began receiving attention and praise outside the West Coast community. Born Aleksander Manfredi in the late '70s, Exile grew up listening to both the traditional Italian music his grandfather played and bands like the Sex Pistols and LL Cool J. It was, in fact, with the gift of LL Cool J's 1985 debut, Radio, that he first set his sights on hip-hop, and soon he was delving into beatmaking himself, using a cassette player until he was able to save enough money for a primitive sampler and a four-track. When he was 18, he met then 16-year-old Aloe Blacc, a fellow Angeleno, and the two started the group Emanon, which released a series of singles in the mid- to late '90s. In 2002, the duo released the EP Anon & On, followed by The Waiting Room in 2005. It was around this same time that Exile began working with Blu, whom he had known for a couple of years, more seriously, both on his own MC-studded solo album, Dirty Science (2006), and on the proper duet, Below the Heavens, both released on Sound in Color. The album, which was praised nearly universally, brought Exile's Dilla-meets-Pete Rock-meets-DJ Shadow beats into the hip-hop spotlight, and also set the stage for a proper solo release. Signed to progressive L.A. electronica label Plug Research, Exile released the full-length Radio, which was comprised solely of a year's worth of samples off L.A. radio stations, in the winter of 2009. Remixes and reworks based on the album were collected a year later on AM/FM. ~ Marisa Brown



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