Archive for January 13th, 2010



Above is the album art for one of the most slept-on albums of the past decade, Blu and Exile’s 2007 masterpiece Below the Heavens. The critical acclaim was there; sadly, mass acceptance was not. It’s on my personal shortlist for “album of the decade” consideration. Top 5 easy. On-point production, poignant rhymes, simultaneously fresh and nostalgic. If you don’t have it in your vinyl CD iTunes library, beleive me when I say you are missing out.

Blu was on fiyahhh (no M.O.P.) in 2007 and 2008, putting out a trio of fine albums (see: C.R.A.C. Knuckles with Ta’Raach and Johnson & Jonson with Mainframe) and earning a spot in XXL’s Class of ’09. But strangely, he was AWOL for the entire year.

Now, Blu rings in 2010 with a his highly-awaited mixtape, theGODleeBarnes(lp). Pardon the quality for now (free release, people) and the single mp3 file, and just listen. Not much skip-worthy material here, anyway.

Blu – theGODleeBarnes(lp)