Ten years after Blu and Exile released Below the Heavens to the masses, the Cali duo are back at it with In the Beginning: Before the Heavens, a collection of 14 tracks from the original recording sessions.
Made up of songs in their raw and untouched form to keep the authenticity of Blu and Exile’s creativity at the time, so far we’ve heard “Constellations” and “Back to Basics.” And now, with a week to go before the album’s release, they’re back with “On the Radio.”
“This song was our attempt to make a radio song exactly stating how we feel about the radio,” Blu explains. “Our way of keeping it true and not selling out even for the album. This is one of the songs that helped me get more open with writing the rest of the album. One of Exile’s oldest beats, he pulled that from deep out the vault. I was like… ‘oh, that’s me.'”
“Feels like Hip Hop’s lost its soul/ Cause every time I’m on the road/ Ain’t no matter where I go/ Same shit’s on the radio,” Blu raps on the hook.
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Speaking of Blu, the West Coaster also appeared in Florida rapper Rahim Samad’s “Tainted Love (I Love It)” video alongside fellow native, Georgia Anne Muldrow. The song appears on Samad’s Supreme 7 album, available now on Bandcamp.