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11 August, 2011@9:37 am

Blu released an independent classic with Exile on Below The Heavens a few years back, and since then has struggled to match the acclaim of that release. Or, perhaps he is indifferent to it, as many of his consecutive releases have been solid, but not quite as game-changing. Jesus is his latest, another self-released LP, this time under the moniker “B”.

Similar in vein to Her Favorite Colo(u)r, yet without the collages of cinematic dialogue samples, Jesus is another lo-fi release, that clocks just under 30 minutes. Mostly produced in-house, B and company loop vintage soul and jazz samples, with basement-like sound quality on tracks like “What If I Was”, “Lucky”, and “74U”. Hezekiah turns the album on it’s ear with the more abrasive “Burgandy”, while Alchemist (“Doowhop”) and Madlib (“Jesus”) adjust their styles accordingly to match Blu’s flavor.

But With many of these tracks clocking under two minutes, some without hooks, it’s hard to grab hold of the groove intended by Blu. This, coupled with the fact that the album is a hodgepodge of different producers simply makes it not as focused as his other LP’s. Still, while Blu’s style is an acquired taste, despite it’s faults, this EP is another passing grade for the rap Jesus.

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5 Responses to "Blu – "Jesus" – @@@1/2 (Review)"
  • Hodges says:

    Pretty dope. There are five tracks that have been in heavy rotation since the release. I personally like it much more than “Below the Heavens.”. This, along with Greneberg and the new Fiend mixtape serve as good alternatives to the mostly-commercial Throne. Very disappointed with the new Ski.

  • Kid Wave says:

    strange taste, below the heavens is classic material

  • sevechild says:

    I dig the album, but it honestly just sounds like Blu got fucked up and decided to record an album in one night. It feels rushed and thrown together, which is maybe the sound he was going for? I like off-beat shit like this, but am looking forward to another Blu & Exile LP for sure.

  • JustMarv says:

    I’d like to see a whole album produced by Madlib or Oh No

  • TomL says:

    Not even close to the one before

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