Open (+ Instrumentals)

by Blu

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about

While the buzz around Blu has continued to grow, one aspect of the L.A. rapper's artistry has been overlooked: he's also becoming one of hip-hop's best up-and-coming producers. Since his early work with producers Exile, Ta'Raach, and Mainframe, Blu has turned to creating his own soundscapes, crafting the entire Her Favorite Colo(u)r project, as well as a handful of standout's on the recently released Jesus. Now, he's putting his beats on full display, with the production album Open. Originally posted online as a Blu-produced instrumental set, Open has been transformed into a full-fledged production album. Johnson Barnes and his gang of like-minded MCs laid vocals to every track, making this Open a brand new collection.

Featuring a slew of promising up-and-comers on the mic, Open is a perfect showcase for Blu's hazy, lo-fi production. Along with two show-stopping appearances from Blu himself, the album features buzzed-about MCs like Fresh Daily, ScienZe, and Sene, as well as newer names like Just Lee and Tribe of Levi. All guests were hand-picked by Blu, so Open also showcases his ear for talent, turning hip-hop fans on to the next generation of rhyme-spitters. But in the tradition of classic production albums like In Control Vol. 1 and Soul Survivor, the main focus here is on the beats, which showcase the distinct sound a talented young beat-maker has been creating.

credits

released 27 September 2011

Entirely Produced By Blu

01_PointBlank_JustLee
Originally"NoWorries"
justlee@gmail.com

02_GoodGracious_Da1
Originally"GoodGrace"
facebook.com/pages/Da1-of-FamRep-Ceremon1usOnceONly

03_SteelRemains(Raw)_Blu
Originally"RAw!"
thecolourblu.tumblr.com

04_GottaBeFree_AaronSmartz
Originally"RunAwaySlave"
myspace.com/skinnyblackbuddha

05_TakingTheDayOff_ScienZe&Versis
Originally"LikeEveryDay'sTheSame"
www.scienzeclass.com
myspace.com/therealversis

06_PartTimeSuckas_Chop&FreshDaily
Originally"OpenChopShop"
myspace.com/freshdotdaily
www.facebook.com/chopchopp

07_AvengeOfTheCheapAss_Blu&Sene
Originally"LetMeTellU"
myspace.com/brooklynsene

08_RememberMe_DTail&Definite
Originally"TalkingToMySelfTooOften"
myspace.com/dtailwithnoe
myspace.com/definitemass

09_TheDance_TribeOfLevi
Originally"WeDance"
myspace.com/tribeoflevi

10_OohChild_MsGuiterrez
Originally"theLongWindedRevernedBarnes"
www.facebook.com/Djbiancag

11_TheBottom_Micah
Originally"FoundAtTheBottomOfTheRainbow"
myspace.com/micahraps

12_BrownSucre_EsmeraldaStarlett
Originally"SucreForSunshine"
facebook.com/ezzie.starlight

13_TheEnd_Instrumental

14_TwentySeven_SouthBroad
Originally"ThankU"
myspace.com/southbroadmusic

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