Timeline: What Happened With Blu’s Career

Timeline: What Happened With Blu’s Career

Before I start, I’d like to make it clear that I mean no offense by what I am setting forth here. This is coming from someone who has remained faithful to the artist known as Blu since I first heard Below The Heavens back in 2007. I am not writing this to bash Blu, I have the utmost respect for him not only as an artist but as a human being, too.

With that said, I take a lot of what has unfolded over the years quite personally, mostly because some of his music meant so much to me. I’d like to use this platform to create discussion and possibly change the public perception of someone who was, at one time, the most promising rapper on the map. This isn’t coming from a blogger who has been involved with underground music for a few years now but simply a fan of hip-hop and everything that it has brought forth to my life. And quite frankly, I know a lot of you out there think about this on a regular basis.

In an attempt to break down what exactly happened with Blu, I looked back at every step in the development of his career starting with the beginning. But instead of throwing down just the facts, let’s try and analyze how this changed our own perception of the Los Angeles MC. This is an outsider view and, obviously, we don’t know what is really going on with Blu and his personal life. Like I said, this is coming from a fan, and nothing more.

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  1. Doc
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 01:30:00

    I don’t know I feel like I wasted time reading this really. He just doesn’T give a F or a D… so what?! let the man live. I had a really short conversation with the man – smart dude right – and it was good enough for me to understand: He knows the ‘G A M E’ (include label, record deals, etc. etc.) is a huge scam, all he wants is to make music. Don’t worry about him.

  2. rebel
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 21:57:00

    The Illmatic Curse

  3. DB
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 20:35:00

    I just read this article today (i know i’m late) and i have to agree and disagree. There are some projects i feel should have been better, not even the lo-fi shit, but his lyricism and wordplay compared to BTH or J&J was so much better, more of a story teller, than like UCLA or Jesus. I understand he’s become a little more cryptic and deep but he was on point in those early albums cause he flowed while bringing us into his own world. Some of his recent stuff is all over the place, there are stories and underlying themes, but they aren’t on par with what we know he is capable of. I think that’s it, we’ve seen the man lay fire and know what he can do, so anything less or pushed out quick ticks us off a little bit. That being said, a lot of his recent features (“Alone” w/ L’Orange, all his work with ANTHM, jakarta records, “Split the Seconds” with Mega Trife) have been fire, he’s spitting like early blu. This is all coming from a hardcore Blu fan, he’s my favorite artist out, and ive got every song he’s been on or produced so i can see a trend in his music that the article is referring to.

  4. thafunkmonk
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 09:01:00

    This is a late response but I wanted to provide an opinion from a newer fan because the larger part of this article and comments did have quite a depressing effect on me.

    So I learned about this dude when I was cleaning out my mailbox and checked out a review from The Needle Drop of Give Me My Flowers… that I had forgotten to watch.

    Then I forgot about it. Around Christmas ’12 I found the mail again and re-watched the review only this time I checked out the album and boy, as soon as Ease Your Mind after the amazing A Letter came on I was sold.
    It almost never happens to me that I immediately fall in love with a (rap) album but here it was track after track pure, beautiful and smooth dopeness.

    Slowly I started to dig more in to his back catalogue, which turned out to be as great as the 2nd Blu & Exile record.
    The moral of the story is that I only listened to Below the Heavens a couple of days ago for the first time and before that I have been playing Open, HerFavoriteColo(ur) [CLOSER film-sample, come on], jesus and GodleeBarnes(lp) all the time.

    You can listen to Blu without ever hearing Below the Heavens.

    The albums sound dusty and old, sometimes fucked up (but in a really good way) and they aren’t too long.

    Blu releases his albums for free and if you want the (mastered) physical copy, then you can buy it. If only more artists would do shit like this.
    His rhymes are dope and he’s a really gifted producer too.
    It’s not often that I find a rapper’s personality so fascinating.

    I can understand that one looks back at BTHs and says: Damn I wish that they’d make a record like that again but how can you demand something like that when the output since then has been so consistent and awesome?

    It must be terrible for Blu to try not to give a shit about all these dumb-ass fans who don’t want him to evolve.

    I hope he doesn’t end his career any time soon the way Big Baby Gandhi or Das Racist just stopped.

  5. Andrew Martin
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 14:01:00

    oh maaaaaaaan

  6. Andrew Martin
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 14:01:00

    Been hearing that lately, especially about his UK shows. Good to hear.

  7. Habib Msallem
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 13:50:00

    Saw him on stage in London about a month back…was frickin’ dope! Both he and exile were on point, and exile got drunk as hell. In regard to the drug problems I’d heard he’d been having, he seemed sharp and “with it.” He remembered all his lyrics, something that Nas struggles to do at the best of times, and even hopped on the MPC towards the end. I was also really impressed by how both he and exile stuck around after the show to just chill with everyone, sign autographs and open up the stage to other emcees.

  8. Read
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 10:28:00

    whatever happened to his Bruise Brothers Academics release, waaaaaay back. The one with Jack Spade. Hommie was mad young then.

  9. HansSpitty
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 13:01:00

    I thoroughly concur with Mr Larkin, Blu retains the elements of 50/60’s Be-Bop Jazz artists he just goes where his brain takes him and enjoys the ride both lyrically and musically.
    The fact that he is comfortable to release his cuts and demos is a testament to this, the man just wants people to hear his vision no matter how rough or ready this is.

    You just need to listen to the titular track J E S U S to understand his feelings of the industry and his craft. He shows a surprising philosophical insight and balance for such a young-man.

    You must remember these artists you revere are human a; dope, commercially successful album is a singular piece of art. Life is fluid as is the flux of a persons life, styles move and grow and develop and Blu is one of the few people to express these changes through his music.
    For this he should be commended.

  10. not.mario
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 23:18:00

    I actually listen to some CRAC songs every once in a while, these being ‘love don’t’, ‘buy me lunch’… only those 2 really, the thing is you gotta let go of whatever expectations, and listen to blu as an artist, not just a rapper

  11. dan posk
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 12:22:00

    saw Blu last month in Montreal. the crowd was small (maybe only about 30 people) and there was a complete lack of effort on the promoters part, but still everyone showed up to see Blu. when he came on stage, he sat down behind the dj booth where no one could see him and rapped his entire set sitting down. I got a chance to talk to him after the show and ask him why he didn’t stand up and actually perform. he said “the mics were off”..which was total bs cause the sound was fine. im not sure whats goin on with the dude but from my conversation with him he seemed kinda depressed.

  12. debbiecaaakes
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 17:19:00

    no doubt! i’m checking back now and am happy to see all the positive comments. blu definitely has a loyal fan base. it’s apparent. i feel you on this article tho. he did a nice interview with acclaim mag, not sure when. check it: shar.es/5MzrK

    Oct 15, 2012 @ 17:07:00

    The Brooklyn hiphop festival I met you at, Blu performed. It was one of the worst shows by a known artist I’d ever seen, and Exile had to constantly remind Blu of his own lyrics.

  14. blvd bee
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 01:41:00

    Part of the reason why I believe Blu does this is because of his past experience releasing music online when he was first starting. BTH was released with limited physical copies and had a huge presence online. He’s part of the crop of emcees who utilized the net heavy before hip hop and the internet really got it popping off with rappers building a fanbase online. Maybe he feels the fans like how he releases the music on a whim. It appears that the people who are frustrated with him are the bloggers and fans who analyze his every move. No diss to you guys because I love your blog and hope to start one of my own, but this “timeline” is written as if Blu’s career is over and he’s going on a downhill spiral on some vH1 Behind The Music ish. I feel your frustration though. 🙂

  15. Oz
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 20:42:00

    I think people gotta understand Blu holds a place in many styles/subgenres within Hip Hop. BTH is for one crowd, J&J is for another crowd, HFC is for another crowd, NoYork! is for another crowd and so on. My homegirl loves UCLA, I think HFC is better. We’re always debating. That’s he beauty of Blu’s art, it’s not tied to one kind of (underground) Hip Hop fan.

  16. Oz
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 20:39:00

    I heard that verse and I was like OH SHIT! That explains it all

  17. not.mario
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 15:49:00

    amnesia 😀

  18. not.mario
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 15:47:00

    couldn’t agree more

  19. Josh/HW
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 15:44:00

    I feel like you’re expecting too much from Blu. The truth just might be he gets bored and wants these songs out there. Not everything will be gold or bth quality. Each time I have met Blu he has been lost in his own world. I will say his performances lack but that can be improved.

    Also: I will this had been one post instead of 10 clicks. I wish you folks had a mobile site

  20. Fle$h
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 13:40:00

    Blu was featured on a grammy nominated album with the Roots but that doesnt make his career timeline but the Schoolboy Q incident does? Shits humorous to me. He just won 2012s best rapper from LA in LAweekly but that doesnt make his timeline? How bout mentioning how Lupe saying Blu is the only rapper that ‘scares’ him? Blu simply does what he wants nothing more nothing less. He doesnt want to be artistically boxed in as the BTHs guy… most peoples problem with Blu is that we all know what he can be if he gave a fuck. Blu could’ve EASILY been doing everything Kendrick Lamar is doing right now no doubt in anyone’s mind but he just does what he wants doesnt care about what most consider success.I think its obvious all over ‘flowers’ that blu didnt want that kind of success for example “For what it’s worth I almost blew up

    But I heard ya’ll had to kick back wipe my shirk off

    Was on my dick so tough I could’ve jerked off” …. or “Coughing my blood and guts up for a fucking buzz

    Buggin out on the biz right when I got a buzz

    Seeing God on green, they putting trust in bucks

    Fuck the stress that comes with success

    I was always depressed, the press was like “fuck is up?”
    its simple the answer to why Blu does what he does are all coded in his lyrics…

  21. gully gambino
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 13:12:00

    you potholes college kids crack me up

  22. سيباستيان سيمز
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 12:41:00

    I also agree. Was in SF some months back to see Blu x Exile and he was too drunk slurring lyrics.. basically bullshitting up there for his whole set. No energy at all.

  23. Michael Gibson
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 09:29:00

    Let me know when he stops making good music, then I’ll give a shit about his career choices. Jesus Christ, the guy has one awkward twitter conversation…

  24. Oz
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 21:07:00

    Good shit David. Like I said on Twitter, it’s a fine line between what an artists is doing and what the fans see and that line is always blurred. I uploaded a pic of the HerFavColo(u)r vinyl yesterday on Instagram and my homegirl commented with a Blu quote that I felt is somewhat important…

    “True art died in the heart of my mind. Kept trying to fulfill this blank-scribbled realness even if it kills this poet inside”

    Let that marinate for a sec…

  25. Ayan Sanyal
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 17:39:00

    Yo I bumped BTH continously during college apps…know exactly how you feel. I think Blu suffers from people expecting too much from his art after BTH and not being able to come through. Have you heard A Man? People put a lot pressure on artists and expect them to always be these creative geniuses. Look at what happened to Basquiat. Blu learns to deal with fame and expectations (or ignore them) and just do his thing.

  26. Guest
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 17:13:00


  27. TEA
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 16:32:00


  28. DP
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 16:30:00

    Jesus is my favourite record of his. Love that shit.
    I think it is better than Below The Heavens.
    So = different strokes for different folks. Simple.

  29. Andrew Martin
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 16:18:00

    I think your caps lock button is broken

  30. TEA
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 16:12:00


  31. KickRockz
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 15:03:00

    yah my nigga blu does what he wants, but i think he has to get on his shit because if he keeps doing stupid shit it only hurts him. I believe money aint good to him right now and he caught that hunger again hopefully hes back. Even though that Q twitter shit sets those thoughts back a little

  32. Soul Mad
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 15:02:00

    well, i guess we need a statement from johnson himself.

  33. David Reyneke
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 14:58:00

    I really hope so. Nice perspective and thanks for the comments.

  34. Andrew Martin
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 14:55:00

    yeap, don’t get it

  35. KickRockz
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 14:50:00

    oh and The GODlee Barnes needs to be rereleased shit is fire but the quality is shit but he said he lost the files gtfo

  36. Steven Larkin
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 14:50:00

    Unlike many rappers we are familiar with, Blu is an ARTIST rather than an entertainer. I am certainly a biased Blu fan but I can provide my thoughts on a couple things.

    No matter what Blu does, he is not trying to be rich and famous. Several lyrics hint at this :
    “..From all the fans I know on some of that/
    Sapphire rapid fire soul stuff I used to hit em off with..”
    (Reminds me of Jay-Z’s “Niggas want my old shit; buy my old album..”)

    Also “Another day broke, money ain’t my motto, nope”

    I think he clearly is content with doing his thing, creating music that may not be overly acclaimed by all listeners, but gives him peace of mind because he knows it’s what he wants. I am diving into the realm of armchair psychology, so I’ll back off.

    I like your guys’ site a LOT, but why blow up the Schoolboy Q twitter “”””beef””””? It happened two days ago. Is it really worthy of making his career timeline page?

    Like I said, I am a Blu fan through-and-through and I’m probably looking at the situation through the rosiest of glasses, but give the guy a break..my point being he is not an entertainer, he does what he wants and that makes him a true artist.

  37. KickRockz
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 14:46:00

    dam kinda agree that CRAC project is the wackest shit who tha fuck likes that shit. Also UCLA shit sounds like shit poorly recorded u heard Co$$ verse? sounded it was recorded wit a gameboy

    Besides that i like every project he has put out.
    J & J is dope and raw 8.5/10 Hold on John >>>
    Jesus is cool chill album it was in rotation this summer ill score an 8/10 but nothing too crazy with the rhymes. Great replay value though.
    Her Fav Colour laid back jazzy shit ill give it an 8/10 dont really play this as much i have to be in the mood.
    NoYork crazy its dope except for like 2 or 3 tracks (I understand why people dont like it doe). Personally i like it another quality project 8.5/10
    Give Me My Flowers is my 2nd fav project from him. 9/10 AOTY.
    I agree with how it was poorly put out last year. When the mastered came out this year it felt wierd it took away its value the way it was handled. Maybe cause i outplayed it last year when it came out.

    Lately though he has been putting in work (2012). All his features have been fire ( Backboards, Young Leaders, Polaris, Misunderstood, Hapiness is, ect). The tracks he put out Lemonade, Confy in the truck, Kiss the sky, Clean Hand, Rap dope are all dope as fuck. That new raw flow.

    I feel he has been getting his shit together now that hes been hanging out with exile more.
    That school boy Q shit was lolz but i felt it only hurt blu, even if they were joking (charles hamilton). Thought his shows were getting better. Only time will tell…

    I feel hes back on his shit hopefully

    Good To B Home coming soon….

  38. not.mario
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 14:44:00

    i feel like blu is ridiculously misunderstood.

    he’s repeatedly stated that BTH was just that, BTH, it doesn’t encompass everything he stands for as a person, it’s just a different shade to him.

    just like any other artist, be it music art or whatever, there are things that stand out and other things that don’t, but outside of BTH’s success, he’s simply made great music.

    crac had a really feel good feeling to it, and even to this day I still listen to the album, i find it really nice to listen to during art class and shit

    j&j was tight, straight bars.

    just recently, “Backboards” was released, and I feel that’s one of his stronger performances on a song, he could easily go to that state of mind and make great music

    other than that, BTH, was like David stated, “My album.”, or it wasn’t. you either genuinely felt it, or you didn’t

  39. David Reyneke
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 14:39:00

    We aren’t criticizing any of his other work. We loved NoYork! and we are definitely digging his second project with Exile. We are even saying we were fans of Piece Talks and J&J. Did you even read the whole piece?

  40. not.mario
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 14:35:00

    I bought ‘give me flowers while i can still smell them’ when it was first released, only to find out that there was a remastered version being released shortly after.

    didn’t mind it as much since i got what i paid for, but it’s just like ‘why?’

  41. not.mario
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 14:33:00

    Great job on this David

  42. TEA
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 14:33:00


  43. mndsrght
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 14:01:00

    Aiight aiight aiight, First of all F that weak ass “timeline” because when u look at the man’s discography, the homie never came short. And to the kids that don’t stop complainin about the “poor sound quality” Shut Up! You were 18 in ’07! (y’all didn’t grow up listening to dope underground cassette tapes that’ve been passed around a hundred times, re-recorded 20 times, got cut at several parts and re-taped but was the best shit your ears ever heard). Oh yeah and adding that twitter thing to his timeline? C’mon Son!

  44. Ben
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 13:46:00

    See: The lyrics of Dancing in the Rain

  45. Griffin Waterman
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 13:45:00

    Johnson&Jonson and NoYork! have gotten a ton of play from me.

  46. Ben
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 13:21:00

    “Perhaps we are looking too far into the matter and Blu is simply cursed by such high expectations from his debut album that there was simply no possibility of him ever maintaining or reaching that level again.”

    This tbh. He’s a great artist and a seemingly cool dude. I don’t think he was quite ready for the attention he received and has probably felt extreme pressure since then. Also, a lot of fans aren’t willing to accept anything that isn’t a carbon-copy of that BTH sound. Personally, I bump NoYork! over BTH, and I heard BTH first. I dunno. People are too hard on the dude. He’s still young and has had HUGE shoes placed before him like “yo dude, go fill these.” I think it’s a tough situation for anyone.

    Very well written article though, and a good chronicle of his releases. You writers are what make this blog my favorite on the net.

  47. mtume
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 12:43:00

    fasho fasho blu is definately a fuckboy…but if you ignore all the bullshit the quality of his rhymes n beat selection hasn’t really dropped its just changed
    i feel like if you don’t conflate the fuckery of his release and the reaction to that fuckery with the actual music his albums have all been excellent (except ucla)

    i feels ya tho,,,many people including me had such a personal connection to bth that the way blu has handled himself kinda feels like a betrayal…to many of us bth was everything that hip hop should be…gorgeous beats, intelligent thoughtful rhymes along with a playfulsense of humor… n finding out that johnson barnes is a human who makes a lot of bad decisions is tough to swallow.
    but i kinda like how crazy blu is,,,keeps things interesting cuz you never know when hes gon randomly release another project…
    people compare blu to nasir a lot…groundbreaking first album that they never were quite able to follow up on..but to me the bid difference is blu’s music hasn’t gotten worse just weirder and different…while nas dropped mad wack shit no blu release has been wack (except ucla) just weird

  48. Andrew Martin
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 12:36:00

    Then why do they get pulled from BC and then re-released?

  49. unmastered
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 12:20:00

    i’m pretty sure blu has said he uploads them lo-fi for that raw sound and they’re not unfinished. i think ur wrong on that one.

  50. lemon ernie
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 12:09:00

    I saw him early last year, he was a surprise guest for some local hip-hop guys. I shook his hand afterwards and he looked me in the eye and said “Thanks for coming, I hope you enjoyed my show.” Which is interesting since it wasn’t his show, but regardless he kept it together very well live.

  51. David Reyneke
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 11:36:00

    I agree with you on just about all of this, thanks for the comments!

    I just feel like there has been a lack of transparency between Blu and so many of his loyal fans. It doesn’t feel right to be dragged along like we were with the Danny Brown deal, or the Bandcamp “releases.”

    I agree that we should let an artist evolve on their own and grow, but I also think that artist has an obligation to his fans. How can an artist grow if they don’t have a support base? It is a two way street.

    Thanks again!

  52. David Reyneke
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 11:32:00

    Thanks for the comments, I agree with you on some of this. But doesn’t it rub you the wrong way when you pay for music and a performance and you get a second rate performance because the artist is intoxicated and not trying his hardest? I work hard for my money and it comes off as disrespectful to me.

    And yes, he is one of the most talented MCs I’ve heard, which is why I felt the need to write this piece.

  53. David Reyneke
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 11:30:00

    I feel you on this, too.

    I don’t expect him to drop another BTH either. I just expect him to quit dragging us along with unfinished odd ball projects. I’ll disagree with you on the lo-fi only because to me it sounds more like unfinished, and that there is definitely a difference.

    5 years of patience from me! And I am still going to be patient. One day, hopefully!

  54. blvd. bee
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 11:24:00

    Despite the negative feedback and opinions on the way Blu is maneuvering through the music scene, I still think he’s delivering some good Hip Hop. Maybe I feel this way because unlike a lot of other Blu loyalists, I’d never expected him to make another project like Below The Heavens. Clearly he made mentions of not doing the same album. When GMFWICSST (er, the mastered version) came out, the overall chemistry was vintage Blu & Exile but with a different sound and direction so I didn’t expect it to sound like Below The Heavens. The lo-fi approach to the music is something I dig, and I appreciate his artistry. Let him grow organically and he’ll perhaps drop another stellar project naturally; high expectations but low patience will only bring you disappointment.

  55. David Reyneke
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 11:22:00

    I feel you on a lot of these points. I didn’t hate j&j or piece talks, I just didn’t think they were quite as valuable as BTH.

    Also, I said the Sene album was pretty great!

    Main thing I was concerned with with flowers was how poorly it was released and how tainted the whole thing felt. You know, being previously released and all.

    Just wanted to clear that up, definitely appreciate the comments!

  56. David Reyneke
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 11:20:00

    Same here, man!

  57. mtume
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 11:15:00

    ok first of all, as a fellow blu stan i wanna say this is a great post and i’m really glad somebody did this n went ahead n tracked blu’s career because his discography is really hard to follow with all the band camp releases n shit.
    that being said there are some things i take issue with
    first of all i thought both the piece talks and jonson and johnson were great albums – crac knuckles was crazy and weird but every proper song on their was cool as hell n had a native tongues vibe n both mcs rapped held it the fuck down. j&J also KNOCKED – mainframe killed it n blu had rhymes for days…yeah both projects were mad different from BtH but they were both excellent in my opinion
    second godleebarnes was pretty damn great, and had a similar vibe to BtH it just didn’t catch any buzz for whatever reason. her fav color n jesus were both weird as hell but i think they work well as a pair of abstract arty ass rap albums and i thought that was a cool direction for blu to go in.
    No york i thought was incredible – how it transistioned from harsh ass electro beats to jazzy boom bap – again weird as hell n not perfect but i cool experimental rap album.
    ucla was a disgrace yeah he fucked up on that. idk what they fuck was going on with the danny johnson album i feel like blu just forgot that they put that out already cuz hes always highed up or he was tryna pull some shit n being a fuckboy but w/e thats my favorite d brown project i besides detroit state of mind vol 4 probly
    idk why u haiting on his production both open n a day late i think are dope…n being an mc n producer is not that strange (krit, cole, ohno, madlib, dilla, diamond d, quik, etc etc)
    finally give me my flowers – ok maybe it wasnt as ground breaking as bth but its a solid solid follow up…u couldnt really ask for anything more
    i also think he was fucking around with q n people are buggin for no reason
    anyway thats my two cents

  58. Smokeholes
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 11:12:00

    BTH was all I listened to when I was 18, a senior in High School. Helped me through hard times and made the good times even better.

  59. debbiecaaakes
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 11:04:00

    i’ve kept blu in rotation this whole time and been spreading his styles among peers that were late catching on. i don’t believe in lowering expectations. i believe the true fans appreciate the variables and experimentation that occurred in a very raw artist nature. aint nothing wrong with blu. sure he could have handled business differently and being blasted on stage is unprofessional but his albums are on another level and i appreciate every single thing he touches whether i keep it on repeat or not. johnson&jonson, noyork!, give me my flowers, and her favourite colour were all amazing in different ways. each has a specific feel and sound. you just gotta understand the artform and how it evolves and morphs and he proved him and ex still have it after all that so i’m not trippin. let blu live his life as a young man and an authentic artist and believe that he is in the right place at the right time. business practices and performances can always be fine tuned but that talent and style can’t be touched.

  60. PV Wonder, Esq.
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 09:47:00

    sweet job here, Reyn.

  61. Soul Mad
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 09:22:00

    Just seen Blu and Exile on stage couple of days ago.
    I definitely feel him, but his stage performance was quite weak.
    And yes, he obviously was intoxicated but I don’t think it went further than alcohol and reefer.
    But don’t mess with the dude. He’s probably just anxious before he comes on stage.
    One of the most talented MCs I ever had the pleasure to hear.
    And as long as he drops dope music, I don’t care what’s next. Maybe he just isn’t the right dude to be set under a major label pressure or to be set under too much pressure in general. Maybe that’s just what makes him special.

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