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Let's Talk About……

by Eric on July 9, 2007

Finally!!!! Damn, I couldn’t tell you why I’ve avoided this post for the last three weeks or so. Well, actually I can. It’s been real hard to sit down and evaluate and listen to new music when you’ve only had ONE album in constant rotation for the last few weeks (Okay, I’ma stop…Ill Poetic’s “The World Is Ours”). Thankfully, I’ve been able to slowly distance myself away from “The World Is Ours” for a few days in fear of “overplaying” the album…kinda’ like what’s happened to me with Evidence’s “The Weatherman”. I mentioned Blu & Exile’s new opus “Below The Heavens” a few weeks back after copping the advance at HipHopBootleggers, and unfortunately I’d completely forgotten about it in the meantime. This past week, I finally put “Below The Heavens” back on the headphones and the thoughts that I felt for this album initially have slowly been rekindled. Now, I’m not gonna’ jump the gun on this one and instantly proclaim it as the best ish’ this year because quite simply….it’s not, at least right now but give it time. What it is though, is an incredibly produced album (thanks Exile) with an incredibly talented emcee (thanks Blu) that is blessed with some SERIOUS mic skills. Will it be in my top 5 for the year? Hmmm, that remains to be seen..but I wouldn’t doubt it! While Exile’s (of 2006 “Dirty Science” fame) production is clearly “top notch”, Blu is undoubtedly the star of the show on “Below The Heavens”. With brashness, unmeasurable confidence and a hit of comedy, Blu has what folks in the industry better know as “IT”. If this album doesn’t garner some serious attention throughout the summer I would be highly surprised. Of course, producer Exile is nowhere near a “newjack” on the scene (Exile is best known for his production work as 1/2 of Emanon with Aloe Blacc, as well as his solo album, “Dirty Science”), Blu may considered exactly that. What is so refreshing about “Below The Heavens” is that it sounds as if this isn’t a debut album from an inexperienced emcee and producer. From begining to end this album plays as if it where a highly polished effort from a 3 platinum album havin’ duo. From the opening bars of “Simply Amazin“, Blu sounds so hungry it’s as if he’s runnin‘ a Marathon while he’s rapping. VERSATILE….that’s the world I’m lookin’ for and what may best describe Blu…I mean there are introspective cuts such as “Good Life (Show Me)” to feel good jams like “Dancing In The Rain” (yeah, that’s a corny ass title but you’ll see….”Jus‘ Move Yo’ Asssh“) , to the club feel of the Aloe Blacc assisted “Party Of Two” , to the radio friendly bounce of “First Things First” ( if the label heads have half a brain they would drop this as the opening single) Blu & Exile cover all the bases on the superb “Below The Heavens”. If your anything like me, this album will most definitely end up being a GROWER for you. I mean, after the first listen I was like “This is some pretty good stuff” but over time it’s quickly become one of my “go to” joints whenever I’m looking for some good new music. The only fast forward material on “Below The Heavens” may be “I am…”, after 7 minutes and some odd seconds of hearing the repetitive “I Am Blue” muttered from an old blues singer and well….you’ll get the picture. As I said before, Exile is dope in his own right behind the boards (nice dusty, bouncy, sample reliant beats!!) but Blu could very well be that dude with the proper promotion and right single. In the meantime, let’s see if I can continue my accuracy (Ill Poetic, Buff 1, Blue Scholars, Emilio Rojas, Uncut Raw, etc.) forever searching for the next “Let’s Talk About…..”. Oh, lastly peep the advance HERE and support good music when it drops on the 14th of August on Sound In Color Records (?). “Don’t nobody wanna’ dance slow in the rain”…”jus‘ move yo’ assssssh!, jus’ move you assssssh!”"…-Eric

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Tom Piper July 10, 2007 at 12:41 am

There is something about this album that reminds me of Nas – illmatic era.

must be the cadence or the rhyme pattern that he is using.

BRANDONIAN 'the talking head July 10, 2007 at 12:47 am

You sold me!

Eric July 10, 2007 at 1:36 am

@tom piper….oooh, that’s a BOLD statment!!!

Anonymous July 11, 2007 at 2:46 am

that “I am blue” sample from “I am…” is Grover from Sesame Street.

djroach March 8, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Thanks for putting me on to this LP. I was hooked right from the first 10 seconds of the first track, and it’s been in constant rotation ever since. Hard to believe this kid is only 22- he rhymes with such maturity and confidence. From what I’ve read this one is kinda hard to find- I’ll have to track an official copy down and support these guys.

Also, your blog is tight as hell. One of the top 2 or 3 hiph op blogs I’ve visited. Keep it up bro.

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