Los Angeles, California emcee/producer Blu has been largely quiet about his major label debut. After critical acclaim for 2007’s Below The Heavens (with Exile) and 2008’s Johnson & Jonson (with Mainframe). Speaking with HardKnockTV, Blu now provided details on his Warner Brothers debut, No York.
Asked about creative control within the label system, Blu said, “[Warner Brothers Records] is pretty open to my ideas, my different experiments – like I been trying to get into this electric Hip Hop feel, for like a while, since we finished the Johnson & Jonson album, me and Mainframe.” Of No York, he added, “That is that that sound that I was digging for so long.”
Blu revealed that No York, which is presently mixing, including contributions from Flying Lotus, Daedalus, Shafiq Husayn (and Sa-Ra Creative Partners), Madlib, Knowledge, Bilal, J*Davey, Edan, and Nola Darling. As for when Blu’s next album will release, Blu explained, “We’ll be sitting on it this summer.”
As for the unique title, “No York is a deep reference to me,” Blu said. “It’s my west coast album.”
Lastly, the emcee confirmed that he will make a follow-up to his Below The Heavens album with Exile. Contrary to reports, it will not be called Below The Heavens 2. Blu said that the sessions were initially not intended for public release, however, “Most likely, it’ll come after [No York].”
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