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The Best Hip-Hop in May Included Slaughterhouse, KRS-One, Ghostface, Ab-Soul, Common, Cormega, The Roots & Much More (Audio Playlist)

Before we get too deep into June, here's a look back at some of the best Hip-Hop to drop in May and there was an abundance...You'll hear new music from Slaughterhouse, Cormega, KRS-One, Ab-Soul, Rapsody, Ghostface, Common, Mac Miller, De La Soul, Nitty Scott, MC, The Roots, Blu, Freddie Gibbs,... Read more

Homeboy Sandman Makes An Oceanic Cut Over Some ’70s-Tastic Blu Production (Audio)

Two of the most versatile voices in the contemporary Underground Hip-Hop world are Homeboy Sandman and Blu. Running in similar circles (Stones Throw Records, Sene, etc.), the pair comes together nicely on "Atlantis." H.B.S. states why underwater is the place to be, given some of the goings-on to be found... Read more

In The Mood For Some Pharoahe Monch, Blu, Royce Da 5’9 & More? Stream Coalmine Records’ Unearthed LP (Audio)

Brooklyn-based Coalmine Records has been consistently working with Hip-Hop luminaries from coast-to-coast, and abroad. The label has facilitated projects ranging from The Artifacts' El Da Sensei to Blu & Nottz' EP, to Rah Digga releases, and of course the Guilty Simpson x Small Professor collision. Celebrating a decade in indie... Read more

Blu’s Homecoming Is A Few Days Early (Album Stream)

Blu's Good To Be Home is scheduled to release on May 20. However, one of Johnson Barnes' longtime label affiliates, Nature Sounds, blessed the Heads with an early listen to Disc 1 and Disc 2 of the LP boasting full production by Bombay. Veteran MC guests from the likes of... Read more

Blu Makes His Return, Discussing West Coast Gangsta Culture (Audio)

For almost a decade, Blu has been a musical chameleon. The Los Angeles native's albums sound wildly different, from one to the next, while his evasiveness from the spotlight only adds to the mystique. For Good To Be Home (cover art pictured), Blu may seem like he's returning to form, but... Read more

Gary Clark, Jr. Releases a Mixtape ft Big K.R.I.T., Talib Kweli, Bilal & More (Mixtape)

Gary Clark, Jr. has released one of the more interesting projects of the year. The Grammy-winning blues guitarist put together a mixtape featuring Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T., Bilal, Robert Glasper and more. It features remixes to his 2012 album of the same name, and adds a few new cuts. You... Read more

Blu Drops Off 39 More Tracks In soul amazing part three (Audio)

Blu does it against. The forever unpredictable MC/producer who bootlegs himself was not done with the 77 songs he gave away in January and February, respectively. Johnson Barnes drops off 39 more, topping out at over 100. This batch of heard (but plenty rare) joints includes work with Kendrick Lamar,... Read more

Alchemist & Budgie Invite Blu, Action Bronson & Domo Genesis In For Some G Code Talk (Audio)

The jewels from Budgie's Alchemist-produced The Good Book continue to stack up. Over a groovy piano loop, Budgie meshes in with guests including Blu and Odd Future's Domo Genesis, in addition to recurring cast member Action Bronson. "The G Code," applies to the streets and the skies, if you listen... Read more

Blu Has A Double Album Coming, Check These Regional Raps In The West (Audio)

Blu does everything differently. Over 10 years past the double-album era in Hip-Hop, when 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan, 8Ball & MJG, Krayzie Bone, and others were charging upwards of $25 for two discs in one... Blu follows suit. Produced entirely by relative no-name Bombay, Good To Be Home... Read more

Blu Says “Made It To 2012 Just To See Romney Lose” As Part Of A New Cold Verse (Audio)

Blu takes long hiatuses in his career. However, when he comes back around, he usually returns in a major way. Such is the case when Johnson Barnes appears alongside frequent collaborator L'Orange on "Need You." Blu seemingly kicks the ol' Rap/lover metaphor, but he's got some ill fervor to his... Read more

Check Dag Savage’s E&J Album, Which Features Fashawn, Blu, Aloe Blacc & Ras Kass (Album Stream)

Just weeks after their Warning mixtape, Exile & Johaz's Dag Savage unit offers up an early listen to their album, E&J. The duo brought along family including Blu, Fashawn, MED, Aloe Blacc, and Ras Kass for this LP. Which do you prefer between the two? Is Johaz Exile's next great... Read more

After Blu Dropped 44 New Songs in January, Here Are 33 More. Check out soul amazing (pt.2) (Audio)

Last month, Blu dropped a 44-song compilation out of nowhere. Here are 33 new songs to add to the collection. Check out soul amazing (part two). soul amazing (part two) by blu Related: Blu Suddenly Drops A 44-Track Album Featuring Miguel, Talib Kweli & Joell Ortiz (Album Stream)... Read more

Dag Savage Unveils Their LP’s First Single With Exile’s Right Hand Man Blu (Audio)

Exile is into his latest concoction: Dag Savage, with Johaz. Part of the appeal of the group comes from Ex's track record for budding talent. In 2007, it was Blu. In 2009, it was Fashawn. Those worlds collide on "Don't Stop," the official first single from the upcoming Dag Savage... Read more

Dag Savage Drops Their Warning Tape Featuring Aloe Blacc, Blu & Co$$ (Mixtape)

Exile and Johaz's Dag Savage outfit chirps up the year a bit. The Warning Tape, a promotional vehicle towards their chaser retail album, E&J, features the pocket of artists they regularly work with, including Aloe Blacc, Co$$, Sene, and of course, Blu. This comes courtesy of Exile's Dirty Science imprint.... Read more

Blu Suddenly Drops A 44-Track Album Featuring Miguel, Talib Kweli & Joell Ortiz (Album Stream)

Blu is the opposite of conventional. The reclusive Los Angeles preacher's kid bootlegged his own major label album a few years back, he's reportedly stepped to Nas at a club about a battle, and he's deliberately recruited U-God above all other members of the Wu. What's not to love? Today,... Read more

Dag Savage, Blu, Co$$ & Gonja Sufi Are God Body (Audio)

Exile & Johaz's Dag Savage outfit made plenty of noise in 2012 and 2013. The duo invites close affiliates Blu and Co$$ along, as well as fellow Golden Stater Gonja Sufi for "God Body." The O.G. track pulls from the kind of righteous Hip-Hop that influenced the collective. Related: Blu... Read more

Blu & MED Might Use Peroxide, But This Dam-Funk & Madlib Assisted Track Is Funky (Audio)

MED has churned out a lot of records in 2013. Between work with J. Rocc, Oh No, and others, the former Stones Throw Records artist has stayed busy and quite versatile. Blu knows that sort of schedule and strategy well. The two California natives link with a third, in Madlib,... Read more

Blu & Exile’s Out Of Print Below The Heavens To Have Deluxe Re-Release

In 2007, Blu & Exile released Below The Heavens on Sound In Color Records. The album was heralded as one of the most LPs of its era, including early appearances by Miguel, and as transitioning Aloe Blacc. Within a year of the album's release, stronger-than-anticipated sales and sample issues made... Read more

Blu, MED & Mayer Hawthorne Link With Madlib For The Buzz (Audio)

Three Stones Throw Records artists (past and present) link with another staple of the Southern California independent scene (who was signed to a major label briefly). In more specific terms, MED and Mayer Hawthorne hop on a Madlib beat to be joined by Blu. "The Buzz" lives up its name,... Read more

Stream Blu & Nottz’s New EP Gods in the Spirit EP in Full (Audio)

Blu and Nottz's EP Gods in the Spirit is in stores now. It features guest appearances from Sene, Homeboy Sandman, Aloe Blacc, Scienze and more. If you've been looking for a worthwhile underground project to support, look no further. You can stream the entire EP below and buy it here.... Read more

Blu & Nottz release End Of The World ft Rashad From Their Upcoming EP Gods in the Spirit

Nottz and Blu release another track from their forthcoming EP. Check out End of the World featuring Rashad. Related: Blu & Nottz – Boyz II Men ft Nitty Scott, MC (Audio)... Read more

Blu & Nottz – Boyz II Men ft Nitty Scott, MC

This is the first listen of material from Blu & Nottz' collaborative EP, Gods In Spirit. 1990s Motown fans will feel this stylized title of a track that features a dusty '60s Soul loop from one of Virginia's mainstays. Nitty Scott, who's been making much noise lately hops on the... Read more

Jabee – Ghetto Broke

Jabee is the latest commissioner of Blu production on his single "Ghetto Broke / Betty Boop," from the "two-song album" The Adventures Of Mudbone: The Cartoon. This is from the same NWC clique that brought us ANTHM and RaelBlz. Not sure if Blu did the scratches on this, but the... Read more

14KT – PAID ft Blu

Many moons ago, Detroit, Michigan's 14KT was in a group alongside Mayer Hawthorne in Athletic Mic League. The group disbanded for solo pursuits, but hopefully becomes an increasing talking-point (like Children Of The Corn, 213, or Cash Money Clique). 14KT is now releasing his latest LP, Nickel & Dimed. Black... Read more

K-Def – The Meeting ft Blu

Need some underground music in your life? K-Def and Blu have you covered. K-Def provides a RZA-like track, complete with eerie strings, and Blu goes in. Check out The Meeting. Related: Slum Village – Let It Go ft Blu (Audio)... Read more

Slum Village – Let It Go FT Blu

From their newly-released album Evolution, T3, Illa J and Young RJ team up with a Dilla disciple in Blu to appear on the heartfelt "Let It Go." Related: Slum Village – Evolution (Full Album Stream)... Read more

Blu – Summer Time ft Arima Ederra

Blu joins the long list of MCs who've rocked on the classic Kool & The Gang Summer Madness track that was flipped by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Check out Summer Time. Related: Blu – Vanity (Video)... Read more

Blu – Vanity (Video)

Here's a quirky new video from Blu. Check out Vanity. Related: Shuko – Be Yourself ft Blu... Read more

Shuko – Be Yourself ft Blu

Here's a soulful upbeat joint from Blu. Check out Be Yourself. Related: Blu – Dre Day (Audio)... Read more

Blu – Dre Day

Blu pays homage to the good doctor on his latest release. Check out "Dre Day." Related: Blu & Exile – Ease Your Mind (Video)... Read more

Blu & Exile – Ease Your Mind (Video)

Here's a new video from Blu & Exile from their Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them album. Check out Ease Your Mind. Related: MED, blu & Madlib – Burgandy Whip (Video)... Read more

AFH: Best Hip-Hop of February 2013 Playlist (Audio)

As we say hello to March, here's a look back at some of the best hip-hop to drop in February. This playlist features music from Redman & Method Man, Tha Dogg Pound & Snoop Dogg, Big K.R.I.T., J. Cole, 50 Cent & Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Ghostface, Raekwon, Action Bronson,... Read more

MED, Blu & Madlib – Burgandy Whip (Video)

Blu and Madlib have made some really dope songs together. Here's another one. Check out the video for "Burgandy Whip," also featuring MED. Related: Blu – Jesus (Video)... Read more

Realm Reality – I Just Want to be There ft Fred the Godson & Blu (Prod. Nottz)

Realm Reality (aka actor Rick Gonzalez) drops a Nottz-produced heat rock and has Fred the Godson and Blu join the party. Check out I Just Want to be There. TOUGH. Related: Nottz – Turn It Up ft Pete Rock (Video)... Read more

Blu – Amnesia (Video)

Here's a previously unreleased video from Blu for his 2011 song "Amnesia." Blu dedicates the video to Capital STEEZ, who recently passed — and you'll understand why if you watch to the end. Heavy video. Check it out below. Related: Blu – On the Porch (Video)... Read more

Blu – On the Porch (Video)

Blu's latest video is for the short but soulful On the Porch. One verse and out. Check it out below. Related: Blu & Exile – Maybe One Day (Video)... Read more

Pac Div – Cross Trainers ft Blu & Kendrick Lamar

Here's a little something from the West Coast (Underground) Connection. Check out Pac Div's Cross Trainers featuring Blu & Kendrick Lamar (yeah...he's still honorary underground even with a #2 slot on the Billboard charts last week). Related: Pac Div – Truth (Audio)... Read more

Blu & Exile – Maybe One Day (Video)

Here's a new video from Blu & Exile for their incredible song Maybe One Day. Check it out. Related: Blu & Exile – The Great Escape ft Homeboy Sandman & ADAD (Audio)... Read more

Blu – Lemonade

Here's a super tough new joint from Blu, complete with scratches of Guru vocals on the hook (peep the reference below). Check out Blu Lemonade. Related: Blu & Exile – The Great Escape ft Homeboy Sandman & ADAD (Audio) Here's that Guru vocal.... Read more

Blu & Exile – The Great Escape ft Homeboy Sandman & ADAD

Here's some new music from Blu & Exile. Check out The Great Escape featuring Homeboy Sandman & ADAD. Related: Blu – Rap Dope (Audio)... Read more

Blu – Rap Dope

Here's the latest from Blu. Check out Rap Dope. Related: Blu & Exile – A Man (Audio)... Read more

Various Artists – Closed Sessions Vol. 2 (Mixtape)

We've dropped a few joints from the Closed Sessions Vol. 2 mixtape over the last few weeks. Now you can listen to and download the whole thing which features songs from Blu, Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs, Sir Michael Rocks, Raekwon and many more. Check it out below. Related: Download the... Read more

Blu & Exile – A Man

Blu & Exile dropped a new EP yesterday called Maybe One Day. Here's a track called A Man from the project. If you're feeling it, you can buy Maybe One Day here. Related: Blu, Sene & ANTHM - Young Leaders featuring Britain Parker... Read more

Blu, Sene & ANTHM – Young Leaders ft Britain Parker

Here's a chilled out collabo between Blu, Sene and ANTHM. It has lush chords and lyrics for your mental. Check out Young Leaders featuring Britain Parker. Related: Blu - The Clean Hand (Prod. Pete Rock) young leaders. by sene, blu, ANTHM, britain parker.... Read more

sene – backboards ft blu (Video)

Here's the video for sene and blu's song backboards. Check it out below. Scienze - Happiness Is featuring sene & blu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVhjGJ13iIs&feature=player_embedded... Read more

Asher Roth – Good Morning View

Here's a dope new song from Asher Roth. His flow and the sample used by producer David Appleton give it a Blu & Exile type of feel. Check out Good Morning View. Related: Asher Roth - Dope Sh*t (Video) Peep the comparison.... Read more

Here’s a track from Blu that slipped through the cracks. Check out Kiss the Sky featuring Mela Machinko.

Props: NahRight Related: Scienze - Happiness Is featuring Blu and Sene Click here to buy it... Read more

sene – backboards ft blu

Here's another hot collabo between sene and blu. Check out backboards. Click here for Scienze's Happiness which also features sene and blu.... Read more

Scienze – Happiness Is ft Blu & Sene

The jazzy piano loop that King I Divine samples on his collabo with ScienZe is reminiscent of tracks you used to hear on the regular in the mid-90s (in a great way).  Blu dropping a verse on the track is just icing.  Check out Happiness Is, featuring Blu and Sene.... Read more

Blu – ucla (Album) (Produced by Madlib)

blu and Madlib had a couple of dope collabos last year. Now...here's a full album. Check out ucla featuring blu on the mic and Madlib on the boards. You can listen to the entire album and download it below. Click here to download.... Read more