New Music: Blu and Exile
by Winston "Stone" Ford
With all the music that is floating around today, its almost sad that some things slip through the cracks. Take for instance, LA hip-hopper Blu and his producer in crime Exile, and their amazing debut album Below the Heavens. The album itself was released in mid summer, and unfortunately most of us were caught up in the whole Kanye/50 Cent to notice.
However, Below the Heavens is slowly getting recognition, especially here on the East Coast, and for good reason. The beats on this album are insane. Exile’s beats sound more like a 9th Wonder in his prime–someone who shows a true artistry for crafting beats. But as we know from Common’s Finding Forever, and Kanye’s Graduation, an album cannot survive by beats alone. And on this album, the lyrics are on point: Blu’s flow, cadence, and lyrics are downright mature and poingient, proving that lyricism is alive and well in hip-hop.
Below the Heavens is available now.