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Blu & ExileBlu & Exile return to their collaborative origins with the release of “Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them”, the long-anticipated followup to the duo’s landmark debut, “Below the Heavens”. Featuring Fashawn, Homeboy Sandman, Johaz of Dag Savage, Black Spade of Hawthorne Headhunters, and ADAD, the new album on Dirty Science / Fat Beats is both an evolution from and complement to their first: a cohesive, kicked back collection of hip-hop buoyed by Blu’s gymnastic wordplay and Exile’s soulful, sample-driven beats. While Blu’s penchant for introspection and analysis remains intact, his perspective ebbs from the sun-soaked nostalgia of Below the Heavens to a more playful realm where raps about lost love and forgotten dreams find equal footing with those about Gondry films and delivery cheesecake. Together Blu & Exile have taken the raw materials of rap and crafted charmingly idiosyncratic, album-minded music that transcends coasts and continents alike.

As with Dilla & Common, Hi-Tek & Talib Kweli, and Pete Rock & CL Smooth, there’s a kindred understanding between Blu and Exile that invites instant ease and empathy. Although Exile has produced tracks for Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Akon, Aloe Blacc, Jurassic 5, Kardinal Offishall, and Mobb Deep, it is with Blu that his production feels most at home. Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them, though undoubtedly a logical progression in both sound and scope, defies all the hype, precedents, and expectations to reaffirm the duo’s position at the forefront of LA’s burgeoning beat scene.

“Blu is one of my favorite emcee’s hands down, he’s the voice of LA.” – Flying Lotus

www.fatbeats.com

Tracklisting:

01. A Letter
02. Ease Your Mind
03. Maybe One Day
04. I Am Jean
05. O Heaven
06. More Out Of Life
07. The Only One
08. Money
09. Mask Your Soul
10. Good Morning Neighbor
11. Growing Pains
12. Don’t Be Jelly
13. Berries & Juices
14. The Great Escape
15. Seasons
16. A Man
17. Cent From Heaven

The album Blu & ExileGive Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them” (Fat Beats) is going to be released August 31, 2012.

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