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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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altetly
Come back, we all need you!
good sound and life story
☆☆LIKE
AMAZING FLOW
underrated. where are you Blu? miss ya
Missed this.
good s**t
mpp12
Flow beyond time....
REAL FLY S**T....? SMOOTH N**GA I FILL YOI BLUE WATTS 103RD ST
Good music east bay California loves it keep it up. Macs soccer
Good s**t!
keep it up boy !
Most Dope
Good music
Fly union radio always got dope s**t
check out send me flowers while i can still smell them not as good as below the heavens but solid follow up
yez zir!!!! ❤
Solid
dope
hip hop lives
Dam I just made the 2000 like, people still sleeping on homie.
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!! !
Digg Blu, solid beat.s n flows man. Ya smooth, yes. @Sara Soto agree, truth. Word.s Solid. ♥ n Peace ya'll
Smooth.....
Yeeeess
DIME BLOCK,banger , seen!
Everyday listen. Its a must.
jessikasanch e z _
Love love love love.
nice.nasty21
Def.Dope haa
im feelin this dude BLU!!! Its nice to hear a refreshing artist enter the hip hop scene!!!
he soooo goooddddddd
i discovered BLU&EXILE's LP late in the game, but better late than never right?! LOL!! I LOVE IT!!
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.
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
facebook.com / g r e g o r y j a c k
I can't wait for No York! Azulito!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
i would agree this is the best hip hop ever...i love him well his music. keep up the worthy work blu exile :)
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!!!
good a** show last nite
One of my fave artists right now he's def one of a kind . Can't wait to hear some of his new material.
jemroge
I am Bluuuuuuuuuu u u u u u u u
crackkk...cl a s s i c . . .
blu, best new rapper...top 5 best rappers out right now
below the heavens is a certified classic
best album that came out in 2007
blu is simply amazin
Below the Heavens
Johnson & Jonson
Her Favorite Colo(u)r

Classics!

More Blu please.
If you guys are reading this listen to Sean bin Laden. You really have something to contribute to the world. Insha'llah we'll all be hearing more from you.
sounds more like east coast old school instead of west coast just sayin cause the caption on one of your pages says "west coast rap" sounds nothin like west coast rap. but its still aight
hav u guys recorded yet? is there somewhere i can download ur traks? i tried limewire but no such luk. hit me bak
i ment schwayzy by the way
yo u guys got some skills keep followin the dream and make it happen. follow through and there's no way u guys aint gunna make some money i like your style u guys kinda got that schayzy vibe to ya but u've got a toupher attitude i like it now get out there and make some dollas
jaythreeogra p h y
Blu reminds me of that kind of rap when styles were uniquee and varied. When I saw the video Pandora did (THANK YOU!) i was like..he reminds me of when I use to listen to Special Ed in junior high! Blu & Exile fan, jay three
Dope Lyrics Homey!
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