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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, Rovi
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Blu one of the best/slept on artist ever
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forbesnekeid r a
Crucial
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SPIT SON !.... YOU REAL TALK
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5 mics - word up
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keisisl
Correction 2007
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keisisl
First heard this album in 2006 an till this day still one great hip hop album. Great job blu and exile for bringing this to us
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It's nice to hear a hip-hop song where there is'nt profanity spoken every other word, I would love to hear more from him so keep up the good work dude!...
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its soul amazing! Blu come back and drop hip hop a line soon
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Blu is what's missin in Hip-Hop, idk where you went but please come back ��
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altetly
Come back, we all need you!
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good sound and life story
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☆☆LIKE
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AMAZING FLOW
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underrated. where are you Blu? miss ya
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Missed this.
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good s**t
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mpp12
Flow beyond time....
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REAL FLY S**T....? SMOOTH N**GA I FILL YOI BLUE WATTS 103RD ST
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Good music east bay California loves it keep it up. Macs soccer
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Good s**t!
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keep it up boy !
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Most Dope
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Good music
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Fly union radio always got dope s**t
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check out send me flowers while i can still smell them not as good as below the heavens but solid follow up
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yez zir!!!! ❤
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Solid
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dope
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hip hop lives
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Dam I just made the 2000 like, people still sleeping on homie.
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Probably the least successful out of the 09 XXL freshman class . Just proof that the magazine hype don't mean s**t, dis cat cooooooold!! !
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Digg Blu, solid beat.s n flows man. Ya smooth, yes. @Sara Soto agree, truth. Word.s Solid. ♥ n Peace ya'll
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Smooth.....
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Yeeeess
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DIME BLOCK,banger , seen!
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Everyday listen. Its a must.
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jessikasanch e z _
Love love love love.
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nice.nasty21
Def.Dope haa
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im feelin this dude BLU!!! Its nice to hear a refreshing artist enter the hip hop scene!!!
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he soooo goooddddddd
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i discovered BLU&EXILE's LP late in the game, but better late than never right?! LOL!! I LOVE IT!!
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havent heard anything good from Blu, except like 2 songs off Jesus LP, since Below the Heavens. he needs to hook up with Exile again so getting lifted is worth it again.
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Yo music world,, Here's a little up date,,, Jack Spade help carve the path BLU travels.... Jack Spade is a producer that has yet got his break but has more slamming tracks then he needs.. Agent 215
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I can't wait for No York! Azulito!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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i would agree this is the best hip hop ever...i love him well his music. keep up the worthy work blu exile :)
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longdivision 8
Best hip hop album in a while! Way to kick off the decade. Please make more. Blu & Exile are the perfect combo. Not a single bad song on "Below the Heavens." Great work!!!
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good a** show last nite
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One of my fave artists right now he's def one of a kind . Can't wait to hear some of his new material.
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jemroge
I am Bluuuuuuuuuu u u u u u u u
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crackkk...cl a s s i c . . .
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