On his latest leak Doin’ Something, L.A. native Blu keeps with his gritty underground edge, calling on the help of a few friends: Pac Div, U-N-I, J*Davey, TiRon and Ayomari. Producer Flying Lotus provides a scratchy beat powered by a purring bass line as the emcees spit in a cipher-type fashion. Pac Div member Like starts the track off with an intricate verse, biting at record labels and all-things-commercial: ”The labels are in the business to get bucks / moral of the story is don’t get f**ked.” Refreshingly, the lyrical jabs in Something aren’t weighted in rosé or diamonds; instead, it’s that raw charisma that each rapper brings to the mic. For my money, TiRon contributed the dopest verse, dropping jewels like this: “Peace to Weezy out of Rikers but I’m writing for them lifers that unlike me had a writer’s block or lack of an Iverson cross.” All artists brought it on this one. No word on the release date of Blu’s forthcoming album NoYork!, but be sure to keep it locked for more heat from L.A.’s rising talent.
Nature Sounds/New World Color
First DJ Booth Appearance:
"Hostile Gospel (Remix) ft. Joell Ortiz & Blu" (2008)
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