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  • Blu & Exile - Below the Heavens [2007]

    The LP is captivating from the jumpoff, with the first two cuts ("My World Is" and "Narrow Path") being the most aggressive on the album. One of the most refreshing things is the honesty he brings to the table on this album. The 'girl' songs on here ("First Things First" and "Blu Colla Worker") are actually used by Blu as vehicles to talk about his struggles as an underground emcee. Blu's mic skills stand out immediately despite his decision to shun strings of multis and complicated rhyme schemes for intricate storytelling.
    Make no mistake though, Blu can spit. Check out these lines from the outstanding "Show Me the Good Life"
    Fuck jewels I think my soul glows bright enough
    And fuck whips I learn more when I ride the bus
    And fuck gold its bad enough that we fight for bucks
    And fuck hoes cause in the end, I need a wife to love.
    For all Blu's exploits on here, Exile isn't forced into the backseat. His beats set the mood perfectly (in most cases) for Blu's dense tales. As mentioned, his use of vocal samples makes you forget what you heard on the radio driving home today and makes you appreciate quality production in a way that is deeply missed today.
    In the end, the beauty of this album is in its accessibility. For an underground release by two relative unknowns in an era of ringtones and iTunes, Blu (with help from the underrated Exile) pulls you deep into his "World" and makes you feel right at home. This album is recommended for fans of any type of rap, because influences are clearly apparent and come from all corners of the genre. I went crazy at the beginning of the closing track "The World Is...(Below the Heavens) when Blu comes in with "Whooose world is this?" It feels like 1994 all over again.


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    Last edited by WPG; 08-27-2008, 10:27 AM.

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    <3
    I give it a strong 8.5

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    • #3
      I voted for 8 outta 10.

      Although I thought it was dope, I thought it lacked something that made me want to listen to the album again.


      Now I checked out your review, read my Guilty Simpson one haha
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      • #4
        ^haha Im on it

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        • #5
          great album 9/10 for sure

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          • #6
            Story I gotta spread rep too hahahaha

            Working on the F&L review now

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            • #7
              7. Decent, but not as special as it is made out to be.

              Buuut.. The World Is (Below The Heavens...) =
              I ran like a cheetah with thoughts of an assassin

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              • #8
                ^For sure

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                • #9
                  9/10 but lyrically for me it was a 10/10 with the beats letting Blu down a little bit. He's got potential to be one of GOAT's imo.
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                  Staring at the city like it's watching me too

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                  • #10
                    You can write a good review.
                    P!

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                    • #11
                      Thank you. Im pretty sure Im gonna be writing for a living, not sure what Ill be writing yet though haha

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                      • #12
                        I don't wanna sound like a hater but honestly I tried getting into this album so many times and just couldn't....it was just average to me. 5/10
                        E A G L E S

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                        • #13
                          9/10 definitely
                          "Hustler for Death, No Heaven For A Gangster..."
                          sparky05 for vet
                          FSF

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                          • #14
                            First Things First
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                            • #15
                              i said 8. woulda said 9 but its been a min since iv listen and i didnt want to over rate. was a great album. idk if its cuss im a looser too but everythin he was spittin about i could feel ahaha

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