Blu & Exile – “True & Livin’” review

Blu & Exile are a legendary West Coast hip hop duo consisting of Blu on the mic & Exile on the boards. The 2 exploded onto the scene with their 2007 debut Below the Heavens: In Hell Happy with Your New Imaginary Friend. Easily one of the best albums of the previous decade & one of the greatest underground albums of all-time. However, it wouldn’t be until 2011 that they would follow it up fantastically with Give Me My Flowers While I Can Smell Them & just in 2017, they released a rarities compilation In the Beginning: Before the Heavens to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their iconic debut. Now with them on tour, they’re celebrating with their debut EP.

The EP starts off with the title track, where Blu delivers some pretty smart bars over a soulful instrumental. The next song “Spread Sunshine” is a self-explanatory yet beautiful positivity anthem & then the closer “Power to the People” with Aloe Blacc, Blame 1, Cashus King, Choosey, Fashawn & Johaz is an empowering posse cut.

Yeah, this isn’t a bad EP at all. Could’ve used at least 2 or 3 more tracks, but they really go to show that their chemistry is still strong in 2019 as it was a decade ago. Hopefully, this is just an appetizer for something bigger to come down the pipe in the future.

Score: 3.5/5

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