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Best known for his 2007 breakout hit Below the Heavens (with producer Exile), the Los Angeles emcee Blu was quickly embraced by bloggers, critics, and young hip-hop heads in general, touted as the next big thing and courted by countless major labels and famous rappers alike. This album (originally titled NoYork!) is his sixth full-length and was given to fans on his 2011 tour. Now receiving an official reissue from indie-rap HQ Nature Sounds, it flaunts a decidedly weirder future-funk vibe, with no shortage of glitchy, love-it-or-hate-it production from cats like Flying Lotus, Daedelus, Samiyam, Shafiq Husayn, and Knxwledge. Blu's smooth flow and reference-rich lyricism still charms, with plenty of shoutouts to artsy-kid touchstones like Andy Warhol and Michel Gondry. There's also an avalanche of guest features (nearly 20 total) from an unusually diverse cross-section of the hip-hop universe, including Sa-Ra, U-God, and Pac Div. This isn't Blu's most cohesive effort, but undoubtedly it's one of his most interesting.

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not fellin it

these wacky electronica beats are not blu. ima fan of these producers but they should stick to their own material . this album is a disaster

Been Trying to Get Into this For 2 Years Straight

I've had this since it dropped online. In my opinion, it's not good. Blu is easily one of my top 10 dead or alive, maybe even top 5 lyricists. But he's my personal favorite above all because of his unique style, the fact that he produces a decent chunk of his own music, and how he really stays true to the rawest of the raw soul sounds. and I absolutely LOVE "My Sunshine" I mean I've been bumpin that track for 2 years straight....but the rest of this album is just a bunch of noises doesn't make any sense to me at all....I can't figure out why Blu did it, maybe it's just something he had to get out of his system. But I really hope his next album has a little more flavor, and is more sonically pleasing to the ears. Peace.


Dope beats

dope rhymes

you my boy, blu


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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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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