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Thursday, Nov 07 2013 | 21:31
Image: 1585069 The sophomore album from LA’s own Blu & Exile now available on cassette!

1. A Letter
2. Ease Your Mind
3. Maybe One Day
4. I Am Jean
5. O Heaven
6. More Out of Life
7. The Only One
8. Money
9. Mask Your Soul
10. Good Morning Neighbor
11. Growing Pains
12. Don’t Be Jelly
13. Berries and Juices
14. The Great Escape
15. Seasons
16. A Man
17. Cent From Heaven

Southern California’s Blu & 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 Fat Beats / Dirty Science 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 mu- sic 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. Available from 18.10.2013
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