Returning with another soul-speckled original, Blu and Exile share the lovingly animated “Sold The Soul” video. A charmingly dusty, piano-led boom-bap track, “Sold The Soul” concerns the conflict between commercial appeal and artistic vision. Creatively dramatizing the central battle between Blu and his soul with gothic animation, the “Sold The Soul” video is a cosmic delight, grounded by Blu’s lyrics, which appear onscreen throughout the video. Directed and animated by Justin Herman
Ten years out from the release of their modern classic, Below the Heavens, and on the heels of their ten-year anniversary BTH tour and the just-dropped Before the Heavens album, Blu and Exile cap the year off with “Christmas Missed Us”. The duo’s Christmas single is vintage B&E, packed wall-to-wall with Blu’s signature flow and the sort of soulful, swung beat we’ve come to expect from Exile.
This holiday season, grab your copy of the single on picture disc 7″ vinyl, backed by the instrumental, and limited to 300 copies — available only at FatBeats.com.
“Christmas Missed Us” appears on the Amazon Original Playlist “Christmas Soul.” Listen at amazon.com/christmassoul
NEW UNRELEASED GEM FROM THE VAULTS PRODUCED BY BLU !!!
Also, Blame One’s classic album “Days chasing days” will be getting the vinyl treatment in spring 2018, followed by a new album produced entirely by J57, so stay tuned!
10 years after Blu and Exile released their magnum opus Below the Heavens, the California duo have reunited to release 14 tracks from the original 2007 sessions. In the Beginning: Before the Heavens contains rare songs and unreleased gems – the best of the best chosen from over 40 songs in the vault. Their third collaboration follows 2012’s Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them, and is slated for an October release.In The Beginning: Before the Heavens is made of up songs that are raw and untouched, keeping the authenticity of Blu and Exile’s creativity at the time. The album has guest appearances from familiar names like Dr. Oop, Donel Smokes, Aloe Blacc, and Blame One. Listen to the album below, download the album on iTunes, order the cd, or pre-order the vinyl !
Blu and Exile’s critically acclaimed 2007 album Below The Heavens was a monumental release from the west coast and still resonates with rap fans to this day. In commemoration of their groundbreaking project — ten years later — the duo will give fans some unreleased tracks from the studio sessions on their forthcoming “prequel” album, In The Beginning: Before The Heavens. Premiering on VIBE.com, we give you their latest single, a homage to hip-hop’s golden era — a song titled “On The Radio”.
The track is a rap purist’s anthem where Blu unloads fire over Exile’s rich production. “On The Radio” pays homage to unrefined lyricism and drives home the fact that they want real music with substance projected to the masses.
“This song was our attempt to make a radio song exactly stating how we feel about the radio. Our way of keeping it true and not selling out even for the album. This is one of the songs that helped me get more open with writing the rest of the album. One of Exile’s oldest beats, he pulled that from deep out the vault. I was like oh, that’s me.” -blu
Blu also explains that his outlook on the culture and genre has changed after making “On The Radio” and says hip-hop’s younger generation has the key to the future.
“I used to look at the game like it was in a drought and no one had direction of the future. Now i think the game is flooded with brilliant potential, it’s all about elevating the entire playing field. Now is the time. The children are the future. Blu & Exile are for the children!”
Blu & Exile’s In The Beginning: Before The Heavens will be available on all streaming services and digital markets everywhere on Oct. 20.