Below the Heavens
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If that isn't considered the pinnacle of beauty and meaning for the spirit of hip-hop...I don't know what is...
But in the end it's all opinion.
Blu & Exile are an underground duo from Los Angeles. These two share a bond on par with Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth. And although I shouldn't pump the album this hard, I truly feel this is a classic in the making.
MC Blu represents what an emcee in 2007 should be - introspective, intelligent, hungry, and soulful. Not only does he have a powerful flow, but his lyrics are on point like no other, touching on nearly every topic at hand. The alluring thing about him is his modesty. The 22-year old emcee writes lyrics in a self-deprecating and humble fashion, and truly sounds like an old soul who's messages teach life lessons. However, he never tries to "teach" them. Instead he's just sharing his thoughts and making clear observations for solutions, or lack thereof. Tracks like "So(ul) Amazin'", "Blu Colla Workers", & "No Greater Love" are prime examples of his highly conscious style.
The mastermind behind these beautiful soundscapes is the remarkable talent of Exile. I will definitely be watching for this guy in the upcoming years, as I think rappers will be knocking down doors in search of his beats. The jazzy and soulful backdrop compliments Blu perfectly. And although it's nothing groundbreaking, his style is so varied and consistent, that you won't find a stinker in the bunch. My favorite joints here would have to be "In Remembrance of Me" & "Show Me the Good Life" featuring Aloe Blacc, Joseph.Read more ›
This is a great album that any hip-hop fan should purchase. Since you're even reading this, you probably have a serious tase in music, and this album will definetly broaden you scope and state of mind. If you're ever worried about the future, having money woes, or are just generally stressed out, spin this disc in your player.
Everything's gonna be alright.
Regardless, Blu has a cool rhyme style, reminds me a lot of early Common but more focused and aggressive. He's got an honest outlook- he's not a baller but he flosses when he can; hes not the mack but hes got some game, and all in all I think these rhymes are more applicable to the normal everyday person who doesn't have the picture perfect life but makes the best of it.
As for Exile's beats, they are very dope; gritty yet funky sound but also melodic. More sample based; didn't really go for the Triton keyboard sound which is good to hear nowadays. Even though Exile's beats are very dope, Blu's rhymes I think are my favorite part of this album and cause I'm usually all about the beats.
Blu's still a young artist and I can only predict his style and cadence are going to get stronger throughout his career- for a first time collabo between these two its very promising.
Also considering that these two artists are from different areas of the country, Blu from LA and Exile from the Midwest, its great to see artists collabing and mixing styles- for more like this check out the Bishop Lamont/Black Milk mixtape which is also one of the best releases this year.
I love Nas but Hip Hop is far from dead when you got albums like this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simply one of the best hip hop albums of the past 10 years...Published 2 months ago by Illmaticsince94'
My favorite album finally restocked.
Crazy thing is u can flip it for $$$.
But no. This album is gold!!
Excellent album from start to fin. Deep, but still grimy. Well produced and still street. It's a definite must listen.Published 11 months ago by J. J. Andreula
dope ass album, classic in fact. if you don't eff with this album, off yourself.Published 11 months ago by Citywok
Probably top 5 album I have ever heard, just timeless and a classic album, especially the song below the heavens part 1. Read morePublished 13 months ago by kellen robb