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.
What makes this album so great aside from the production is the wisdom and maturity displayed on the record. Blu shows that he is wise beyond his years- even if he was only 22 years old at the time of the album's release. Look no further than the song "In Remembrance Of Me", in which he tells the story of wanting to be an adult at his young age. On "Blu Collar Worker", he tries to rationalize with women who complain about the dedication to his career as opposed to his relationship. He tries to stay optimistic in the face of depression and internal struggle on "Dancing In The Rain", and gets brutally honest with a woman about his financial situation as a performer on the amusing "First Things First".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simply one of the best hip hop albums of the past 10 years...Published 7 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 17 months ago by J. J. Andreula
dope ass album, classic in fact. if you don't eff with this album, off yourself.Published 17 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 19 months ago by kellen robb