Off Blu’s re-released Jesus LP, which is available now. Also, after the jump Blu talks with Kango & Stash about the album, it’s creation, what’s in the works and much more.
I was in the lab with Alchemist, and Ben stopped by, I met him right then, then Asia popped up like lets work, and we did. All i remember was ben’s dance when we first picked the beat, “d o o w h o p” bro.
Q: So B, I should be calling you B now right , since you changed your name to B ?
A: Naw, same ole g…
Q: Why is it called Jesus ?
A: Cause He told me to call it that.
Q: There are a lot of producers / beat makers on this album, compared to any other albums that you have previously done, does this album have the most featured producers on it and why?
A: Besides “NoYork!”, yes. It was done in two days. I had mad verses I wrote in my phone on the road and when i went home I just went through my beats and cut. This was the end project.
Q: Wow, 2 days is amazing! Is there anything you do to prep or to get the creative buzz going before you hit the lab and zone out that hard ?
A: Aw, different things such as reading, hanging out, or banging music will get me in the mood to hit the lab, but they aren’t rituals. I smoke!
Q: So now Jesus is coming out as a physical release …Can you break down that down a little bit and let us know what that will consists of?
A: CD’s & vinyl. I’m excited for the vinyl, ’cause it’s that type of album. Below The Heavens was a CD type of album. “j e s u s” is for vinyl, and caddy’s.
Q: As we smoke to 1 of our favorite jams “DMV” …If you had to cop a classic car right now what would it be ?
A: 78 Burgandy Chrystler.
Q: The song “d o o w h o p” on Jesus has been getting mad love and great feedback as of late, can you break down how that song came together?
A: I was in the lab with Alchemist, and Ben stopped by, I met him right then, then Asia popped up like lets work, and we did. All i remember was ben’s dance when we first picked the beat, “d o o w h o p” bro.
Q: Savvy, Whats your personal favorite song on Jesus?
A: “l u c k y”
Q: “Must be the ocean coastin”, did you record a lot of these songs in 1 take ?
A: Yes sir, yesss sir. If I feel it, I keep it. This project was free like that, and thats what made it special to me. The whole song “l u c k y” was one take.
Q: How do you react towards the batch of fans that comment on your lo fi mixes ?
A: Fuk’m. Im on my Criminal Minded shit!
Q: Yeah, thats what we say too ! When listening to all of your collected works, I think you have actually achieved a good balance. Not all of your recordings should have the same textures, especially in this modern day where technology may sometimes trap your true sound in a commercial box. Earlier this week we just got a chance to listen to NoYork and it is very dynamic and complex w/ the mixes.
Q: Was that the first release you dropped on bandcamp and was that successful for you?
A: Easy, man, Mainframe leaked that shit. Nah, I was seeing how to use that shit, straight up. I lost the lyrics to the last song i was gonna cut to it after it leaked. So I said it was meant to B as it is. It’s the project that I have enjoyed the most, maybe.
Q: That’s great man, you should keep creating music that makes you happy. As of late you have dropped a pretty heavy load of music in the past couple months: “Amnesia,” HerFavoriteColo(u)r, “CellnLs,” etc. Its great to see projects that you put out for free or digitally and then in time become a physical product. Are there any other exciting things you have up your sleeve or on deck for your New World Color label ?
A: Much more to come. New (old) Blu & Exile, Madlib, Medaphor and Blu album, “NoYork”, Danny Brown’s “Danny Johnson” album should get a proper release, Real Reid is the high powered little homie, um, Cherry Pop, Evan Voytas, and we may put Gonja Sufi on the team ! Bad Boy ’96 shit…
Q: Sounds spectacular!
Q: Any last words?
A: “the aught vs the naught”. And I’m out like that, yonk!!!!