This week we’ve been reflecting on the paradigm shift that occurred in hip hop ten years ago. The year 2007 was the year Kanye outsold 50 Cent and the rap game changed forever. But Graduation and Curtis were not the only significant releases of 2007. That was also the year of Shop Boyz’ “Party Like a Rockstar” and Soulja Boy’s “Crank Dat” and Hurricane Chris’s “A Bay Bay” and UGK’s “International Players Anthem.” And then, amidst all that, an unlikely masterpiece leaked onto message boards from somewhere in California: Blu and Exile’s Below the Heavens.
Ten years later the San Pedro MC and the Orange County producer —currently in the midst of 42-date 10th-anniversary tour—are now announcing the October 20 release of a new project: In The Beginning: Before The Heavens, the prequel to their 2007 underground classic Below The Heavens.
Comprising unreleased tracks from the original Below The Heavens sessions, In The Beginning picks right up with that same energy, and features appearances from Aloe Blacc, Co$$, Donel Smokes, and Blame One.
“We planted the seeds of creativity and grew about 40 plants,” Exile says of the release. “We picked the ones that we thought were the best for an album, but that didn’t mean that the other flowers weren’t beautiful. I’m super happy to re-release [In The Beginning] to people and have it actually get some attention that it definitely deserves. It’s amazing.”
I hope your all excited as we are for this Album! Check the first single “Constellations” below:
We want to thank everyone who came to the Los Angeles celebration. The love was overwhelming and everyone smashed their performance. The 13 piece band backing Blu and Exile elevated the night to a new height.
We were so inspired that we’ve decided to take the show on the road. Coming to a city near you, more dates to be added!
30-Aug San Diego, CA. Observatory North Park
31-Aug Orange County, CA. The Observatory
1-Sep Los Angeles, CA. The Echoplex
2-Sep San Luis Obisbo, CA. SLO Brewary
3-Sep Fresno, CA. Strummer’s
5-Sep Santa Cruz, CA. The Catalyst
6-Sep San Jose, CA. Café Stritch
7-Sep San Francisco, CA. The Social Hall
8-Sep Sacramento, CA. Momo’s
9-Sep Chico, CA. Lost on Main
11-Sep Eugene, OR. WOW Hall
12-Sep Portland, OR. Mississippi Studios
13-Sep Seattle, WA. Chop Suey
26-Sep Las Vegas, NV Beauty Bar
27-Sep Salt Lake City, UT Metro
28-Sep Ft Colins, CO Hodi’s half note
29-Sep Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
1-Oct Denver, CO Cervantes/Other room
2-Oct Mesa, AZ Club Red
10-Oct Austin, TX The Sidewinder
11-Oct San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger
13-Oct Fort Worth, Tx Shipping & Receiving
15-Oct Omaha, NE Slowdown
16-Oct Lawrence, KS Lucia
17-Oct Minneapolis, Mn Icehouse
18-Oct Madison, WI Ruby
19-Oct Chicago, IL Subterranean
20-Oct St Louis, MO 2720 Cherokee
23-Oct Indianapolis, IN Hi-Fi
24-Oct Detroit, MI El Club
26-Oct Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme
8-Nov Boston, MA Middle East
12-Nov NY, NY Le Poisson Rouge
13-Nov Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brendas
16-Nov Durham, NC Motorco
17-Nov Augusta, GA Sly City
19-Nov Asheville, NC The Altamonte Theatre
20-Nov Nashville, TN The Basement East
21-Nov Atlanta, GA Venue 529
22-Nov Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
24-Nov Tampa, FL Crowbar
25-Nov Miami, FL The Ground
The last time the DS crew got together was one of the best Hip Hop shows to bless Los Angeles in a long time. With appearances by Fashawn, Aloe black, Blu , Exile, Choosey , Dag Savage, Dilated Peoples, Dom Kennedy, Everlast of House Of Pain, and the Goat himself, Nas came out to truly make this a memorable moment. Shout out to Mass Appeal! Once again Art Don’t Sleep and Dirty Science is bringing you yet another future classic event in celebration of one of Hip Hop’s most classic albums, Blu and Exiles: Below the Heavens, in it’s entirety with a live band!
July 27th at the Regent theater 448 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
It’s our great pleasure to present, Blu and Exile’s 10 Year Anniversary celebration of Below The Heavens! Exile got the entire Dirty Science crew together to celebrate, along with some very special surprise guests. Grab your early bird discount tickets while limited quantities last.
Blame One has linked up with the San Diego production duo, Harry Apollo and JonJ, to create the raw and gritty Hip Hop group, Big Block Silvers. Harry Apollo serves as the main producer while JonJ brings live instrumentation to Harry’s production, resulting in a lively aesthetic. For their first release, they’ve shared a fresh track from their forthcoming EP, BOLD. Titled “Crime In The City,” it’s an exciting introduction to the project, which will be followed up with remixes from Exile, J57 and People Under The Stairs’ Thes One. BOLD is scheduled for a February 24 release via Exile’s Dirty Science x J57’s FiveSe7en Music. Meet the new group above and pre-order the EP here.