Blu & Exile, “A Man”
I knew that Blu & Exile were working on new material, but damn. This track is straight up beautiful, and I know I say this a lot, but this is probably one of the best tracks I’ve heard this year. “A Man” comes from the six track EP Maybe One Day (The link I included for Maybe One Day is to the Fat Beats physical copy, digital is available via iTunes); this excellent EP serves as a predecessor for Give Me My Flowers While I Can Smell Them which will be dropping on September 4th.
As many might recall, Blu & Exile dropped the classic albumBelow The Heavens back in 2007, and by the sounds of “A Man”, they are sticking to their formula and living up to expectations. From the first few punches of Exile’s MPC, it’s obvious that this beat is going be what we’ve come to expect from Mr. Manfredi: unequivocal organ chops and beautiful soul vocals arranged in the perfect order. Exile is one of those producers that keeps evolving, and he’s quickly climbing the ladder to legendary status.
I had been hearing a lot of rumors about Blu lately, and I didn’t really know what to expect from him; I was blown away by his ability to tackle a topic as touchy as religion:
“I wonder/who do you believe in?/I know it ain’t me/I hope it ain’t a priest or who you seen on TV/I hope it ain’t you pappa partner he only raised you/and I know it ain’t your mom even though that’s who you came through/I’m askin’.. who you pray to?”
You can pre-order Give Me My Flowers While I Can Smell Them here.