BLU AT NEXT DOOR
Saturday March 10, 2012
FEATURING Prie with Live Band + Sample + Monarx + Nightmarchers + BadNewsRapDudes + DJ Packo
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Blu, is an American West Coast rapper and producer from Los Angeles, California. Following the major success of his 2007 debut album, Below the Heavens, Blu was named HipHop DX’s “Rookie of the Year”. Since then, Blu has become one of the most prolific underground artists in the Los Angeles area, releasing “six full-length albums, and countless other projects and mixtapes” since his emergence on the rap scene. Blu has also become as proficient a producer as he has a rapper. In September of 2011, Blu released his commercial album Open, his 4th solo project which features tracks all produced by the West Coast emcee.
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Blu Like Rap
By Kalani Wilhelm
There is much talk about what’s wrong with hip-hop today. Let’s cut to the chase and discuss what’s right: Cali rapper Johnson Barnes, better known in rap as Blu.
Inspired by Common, The Pharcyde and Souls of Mischief, Blu views himself as an extension of the genre he grew up listening to and as part of the constant evolution of prominent MCs. “I believe that I’m the balance of the two,” says the gifted wordsmith. “New school and old, like a bridge. My music is that bridge.”
Critics praise Blu for his lyrical brilliance and ability to carve out a personal sound and style without mainstream fanfare…
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Blu Will Churn it Up in Chinatown
By: Gary Chun
Q: You appear to be very proficient as well. Are you always this busy, or is it because you’re hitting your creative stride now?
A: Both. I always stay busy. Some fans remember my early work ethic, where I created those first three records (“Below the Heavens,” “The Piece Talks” and “Johnson&Jonson”) all during the same time frame. I stay like that now, where I have a tendency to work on five projects at once. More often than not, they actually get completed and see the light of day…