Listen to Blu & Exile’s ‘On the Radio’ [STREAM]
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their stellar album, Below the Heavens, Blu & Exile are planning to release a companion piece, In the Beginning: Before the Heavens, featuring unreleased material that didn’t make the original 2007 recording.
On Friday (Oct. 13), the West Coast duo released “On the Radio,” a joint they found dusting in the vaults. On the song, Blu laments about radio stations not playing real rap music anymore. "Hip-hop is like the Wizard of Oz to me / I’m like Dorothy / Except my ruby slippers are chrome / I’m ready to go home, I’m ready to go home, y’all,” he raps.
In a synopsis for their album Blu & Exile write:
In The Beginning: Before the Heavens is made of up songs that are raw and untouched, keeping the authenticity of Blu and Exile’s creativity at the time. The album has guest appearances from familiar names like Dr. Oop, Donel Smokes, Aloe Blacc and Blame One. While “Soul Provider,” “Another Day,” and “Party of Two” appeared on Blu’s Lifted EP, the majority of these songs showcase Blu rapping at his peak, maintaining his underground attitude as he dishes on reaching star status (“Constellations”), getting radio play (“On the Radio”), or opposing views in a problem-ridden world (“You’re Gonna Die Someday”). Exile, meanwhile, builds a golden hip-hop era feel with head-nodding samples and DJ scratches.
Blu & Exile's In The Beginning: Before the Heavens arrives on Oct. 20. You can pre-order the album right now on iTunes.