Chicago-based independent hip-hop record label, Closed Sessions
, has just dropped the full mixtape for Closed Sessions, Vol. 2
. They have been dropping singles for the last couple months and Vol. 2
features classic hip-hop artists such as Blu
and also many rising talents such as Freddie Gibbs
, Action Bronson
and Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire
. You can also listen and download Vol. 1
, which was released 2010. Check out a series of behind-the-scenes videos for the making of Closed Sessions, Vol. 2 here
. Download or listen to the mixtape on Soundcloud below. You can also check out a trailer for Vol. 2
When it comes to Blu
, you know that whether or not his new music is mastered, mixed, or even finished, he’ll come hard with the rhymes. With his newest release though, there’s absolutely no need to be worried as it’s about as finished as can be. Released through Coalmine Records, new single “Kiss The Sky” features top-notch and not lo-fi verses from Blu, a fitting chorus from Mela Machinko
, and some vocal samples from Lupe Fiasco
‘s “Kick, Push”.
I’m still a fan of his glitchy, lo-fi style but I know a lot of you have been waiting for the Below The Heavens-style music to come back. If you’ve been a long-time fan of Blu, this is definitely a huge surprise and a great one at that. Blu hasn’t sounded this focused in quite a long time and it’s refreshing to see that he’s hopefully returning to the style of music that originally got him signed to Warner Bros. Give it a listen below and grab it on iTunes here.
A few days back, the producer-rapper duo of King I Divine
dropped off their collaborative mixtape Divine ScienZe
for free download over at 2DopeBoyz
. All the tracks are produced by Queens native King I Divine, who gives the entire project a unique boom-bap sound that meshes really well with ScienZe’s sharp rhymes and smooth flow. To top it all off, the duo enlisted the help of a hard-hitting supporting cast that includes features from rising artist Sene
, West Coast legend Blu
, and more. If you’re a fan of old school hip hop, then these two will definitely find a regular spot in your headphones. You can download the mixtape for free below and if you’re not already convinced, you can also preview two songs, one of which includes guest verses from Sene, Blu, and Britain Parker
DOWNLOAD: King I Divine & Scienze – Divine ScienZe (Mediafire)
MP3: King I Divine & ScienZe – “Happiness Is (feat. Sene, Blu & Britain Parker)”
MP3: King I Divine & ScienZe – “Hero”
If there’s one thing that’s consistent about Blu
besides his sharp rhymes and quick wit, it’s the fact that he’s always full of surprises. After randomly uploading his second album
with producer Exile
onto his Bandcamp page earlier this year, Blu has done it again by posting up UCLA
, a brand new album completely produced by Madlib
. The two California legends have been reported to be working with each other on UCLA
for quite a while, but few details were ever released, with many believing that Blu had once again scrapped a project. Today, we can listen to the entire album or purchase it for a cool 15 bucks.
I’ve yet to understand Blu’s affinity for unmastered, lowish-quality tracks and UCLA is no exception. Although Blu and Madlib deliver and the plain fact that Blu is one of my favorite MCs of all time, the quality isn’t necessarily the best and the project sounds like a work in progress. You can listen for yourself below and purchase it here.
It’s been a long few years for fans of the mysterious California MC Blu
since he dropped his critically-acclaimed album Below the Heavens
manning the tables. In the meantime, Blu’s been working on his own production, left Warner Bros. before dropping his major label debut, and has only been releasing a few unmastered tracks every now and then.
But today, seemingly out of nowhere, Blu posted his unfinished second album with Exile, Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them. Recorded back in 2009, the new 15-track LP is unmixed and unmastered, but the rhymes and the beats are both solid. No word on whether or not the two are collaborating again.
Give it a listen below and if you like what you hear, you can purchase the whole thing for $15 on Blu’s Bandcamp.