LA underground hip-hop super-duo with an inspired live show and fabled 2007 LP, 'Below the Heavens'
Blu & Exile - True & Livin' Tour
Choosey, Dag Savage, Pistol McFly, Sirplus
Tue, May 14, 2019
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmMississippi Studios
$18 ADV / $20 DOS
This event is 21 and over
Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seatinghttps://www.mississippistudios.com/event/1846672/
Blu & Exile
"The underground Los Angeles-based duo of MC Blu (b. Johnson Barnes) and DJ/producer Exile (b. Aleksander Manfredi) earned widespread acclaim right out of the gate with their debut album, Below the Heavens (2007), which critics crowned as the seemingly perfect marriage of Blu's everyday-struggle raps and Exile's Pete Rock- and J Dilla-inspired production. Blu, struggling to make ends meet at the time, first crossed paths with Exile in the early to mid-2000s, while the rapper earned gigs as a hype man for various soul/hip-hop outfits like Slum Village, Platinum Pied Pipers, and Exile's own duo, Emanon. In fact, Blu knew the other half of Emanon, MC/singer Aloe Blacc, who then introduced the two to each other. Deciding to sign to L.A. independent label Sound in Color, Exile's label home, in 2004, Blu began cutting a few records with the DJ/producer and assisted him with his solo LP, Dirty Science (2006). Blu was still trying to break into the industry, but Exile was enjoying production credits for the likes of Jurassic 5, Kardinal Offishall, and Mobb Deep. The release of the soul-entrenched collaborative effort, Below the Heavens in August 2007, put them both in the limelight and had fans of the alternative rap scene buzzing; however, it specifically garnered Blu many "Artist to Watch" features in various magazine and online publications throughout the year and into 2008. During subsequent years, they worked apart more than together; nevertheless, 2012 brought another co-billed LP, Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them." —Allmusic
SD born Los Angeles based Choosey, the newest addition to Dirty Science, makes dope rap songs.
Introduced on Exile's 2011 mixtape Intro to the Outro, Dag Savage is an underground hip-hop supergroup featuring Exile and Johaz. In 2012 the group released the "Cali Dreamin'" 12" on the Dirty Science label, while 2013 saw the landing of their Salvation mixtape along with a self-titled EP that featured guest spots from Aloe Blacc, Murs, and others. Their debut album, E&J, arrived in 2014 with Ras Kass, Blu, and a returning Aloe Blacc as guests. —Allmusic