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Blu & Exile, “A Man”

Posted in Audio, Media with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 by Tim Althaus

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.


Blu & Exile Working On New Shit?

Posted in Music News with tags , , on Sunday, September 20, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Blu Exile Twit

Damn this one makes me feel really good. These two need to put out another album as soon as possible.

Cymarshall Law Live @ Hip-Hop Kemp Footage x “New Wu” Freestyle

Posted in Audio, Downloads, Media, Video with tags , , , , , , , on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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In the above video you can catch Cymarshall Law tearing apart the Hip-Hop Kemp Festival in the Czech Republic. In the video you get a nice little cameo from Devin the Dude in the beginning as Cymar is breaking down the situation. Another surprise gem is getting to watch a little footage of Blu & Exile performing together, which I’m sure is an incredible experience. At the end of the video you get to see Cymar rocking hard on the stage. Follow me after the jump to hear Cymar ride over RZA’s “New Wu” beat. (It’s super dope) Continue reading

Paid Dues 2009

Posted in Concert Dates with tags , , , , , , on Thursday, January 29, 2009 by Tim Althaus


It’s almost spring time and that means that Paid Dues is right around the corner. If you are lucky enough to be out in San Bernadino you will be able to catch one sick ass show. Rhymesayers vets Atomsphere will be headlining the bill, and will be featured by an array of RSE artists (Brother Ali, Eyedea & Abilities). To be honest the two acts I would be looking forward to the most are Cage as well as Blu & Exile. Both of the aforementioned artists are coming off of near classic albums and I would love to see what kind of life they can breathe into a live show. Who knows Exile might just rock out on the MPC during their show. Just like Soundset, this festival sounds very promising.

Editors Note: I had to edit this post because the supergroup Slaughterhouse (Royce Da 5’9″, Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz) has been added to the bill.