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Blu Open

US – Original
01 Just Lee - Point Blank
02 Da 1 - Good Gracious
03 Raw & Blu - Steel Remains
04 Aaron Smartz - Gotta Be Free
05 Scienze & Versis - Taking The Day Off (Scienze & Versis)
06 Chop & Fresh Daily - Part Time Suckas
07 Blu & Sene - Avenge Of The Cheap Ass
08 D Tail & Definte - Remember Me
09 Tribe Of Levi - The Dance
10 Ms Guiterrez - Ooh Child
11 Micah - The Bottom
12 Esmeralda Starlett - Brown Sucre
13 The End (Inst)
14 South Broad - Twenty Seven
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Artist Blu
Titel Open
Label Nature Sounds
Catalog-No NSD151-2
Format CD
Pressing US – Original
Release Date 2011
Genre Hip Hop
Style US Hip Hop
Available since 21.09.2011
Item-No 248802
Condition New
Availability Ready for Shipment
Price 15,95 €
Weight 100g (plus 250g Packaging)
Blu - Open
While the buzz around Blu has continued to grow, one aspect of the L.A. rapper’s artistry has been overlooked: he’s becoming one of hip-hop’s best new producers. Since early work with producers Exile, Ta’Raach, and Mainframe, Blu has begun creating his own soundscapes for recent projects Her Favorite Colo(u)r and Jesus. Now, he’s putting his beats on full display, with the producer album Open. Featuring a slew of promising up-and-comers on the mic, Open is a perfect showcase for Blu’s hazy, lo-fi production. The album also showcases Blu’s ear for talent, turning fans on to the next generation of rhyme-spitters.
Nature Sounds
Nature Sounds is a record label from New York City, specialized in hip hop and founded by Devin Horwitz in 2003. Originally, Nature Sounds was conceived as a stage for music by Devin Horwitz himself. Horwitz worked as music journalist und additionally on his own beats under the names Dev 1 and The Prof. The first full length release has been the compilation »Convexed«, where renowned MCs could by heard to the productions of Dev 1. The guest list ranged from MF Doom, Sean Price, Zion I and The Pharcyde to Cannibal Ox, Aesop Rock and Cage. This made Nature Sounds at one fell swoop well positioned und they could bridge the gap in the Independent hip hop area, that has been caused by the end of labels like Loud and Rawkus. Thus began one purposefully to advance artist, to give them organizational encouragement and artistically the freedom they need. So, in the past ten years musicians like Masta Killa, Havoc, Timbo King, MF Doom. Pete Rock and Blu released their records on Nature Sounds.

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Andreas Margara, 22.09.2011

Open is the name of Blu’s latest coup within the jumble of his releases this year. While the HipHop-world is desperately longing for his long announced record NoYork!, this year, he has already brought forth the mastered version of his mixtape, Her Favourite Colo(u)r and Jesus, a first, unofficial taste of the new album. Open, on the other hand, is yet a completely different building site. There are 14 beats, all created by Blu himself, to be heard on this compilation. In addition, he has summoned different rappers from his close surrounding to be part of his debut as a producer. Hence, an interesting vis-à-vis of underground-rap and Lo-Fi-production has come into being through this project. The very promising Part Time Suckas is the first single that was released, on which Fresh Daily and the female rapper Chop are celebrating a meet and greet with a raw and coarse snare production. With Micah on The Bottom, the next Femcee steps up. Then, Remember me is a little reminiscence with which Dtail and Definite remind the listeners of their Rap-heros. Blu himself only takes the mic for the two tracks Avenge Of The Cheap Ass and Steel Remains (Raw). Open is a good album, but the beats which are experimentally held on a minimal level should be familiar to attentive Blu-fans – only two years ago, he has already released them as an instrumental-LP. Still, until NoYork! will finally be released, he yet again shortens the waiting time.

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