Blu Releases Full Stream Of "ucla" Album, Madlib Not Involved

UPDATE #1: Blu pulls his album after releasing a free stream.

Blu and Madlib have released a full stream of their collaborative project ucla, which is available for purchase here.

The 15-track LP, produced entirely by Madlib, features guest appearances from M.E.D., Jimetta Rose, Bubb Watts, Swheatpee, Lil Stoney, Jack Spade and Co$$.

Blu and Exile similarly released their collaborative album, Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them, without warning and on Bandcamp in December 2011.

Stream ucla below.

(February 19)

UPDATE: The stream to Blu and Madlib's ucla has been pulled. Additionally, Pitchfork reports that Madlib had nothing to do with the project, contrary to the information posted to Blu's BandCamp page. Until its release, check the tracklist below.

01 Mad Meets Blu
02 Fully Crack
03 Caifornia Bears
04 Funky Cowboy Meets the Funky Drummer
05 Burgandy Whip [ft. M.E.D. and Jimetta Rose]
06 What U C [ft. M.E.D. and Jack Spade]
07 ez
08 Call My Nga [ft. Bub Watts, Swheatpee, and Lil Stoney]
09. Fo Figa Rings
10. We Got It! [ft. Co$]
11. Play W Love
12. Giv M Up
13. Interlude
14. Cut Up

RELATED: Blu Speaks On "Memoirs" Album With Exile, Hopes For Release By End Of 2011

83 Comments

  • Beans

    BLU > j cole. BLU > drake. point blank

  • licoricestick

    blu is rad. here's some other freshness for you. more from the crates (2006) by licoricestick. http://www.mediafire.com/?z8rkhxzjuifknag

  • fjlskdjfsad

    blu hasnt released a quality album since below the heavens. all of his stuff is sloppy and unmastered garbage. just like his live shows. release a proper album already.

  • dazeone

    beats sound like the Madlib vibe ...all he had to do is master it ..Blu is tripping

  • Res

    madlib didn't give this clearance? what a surprise. this kid blu is consistently fucking up. clean up your act, the drugs are destroying your thoughts, and your fans are getting sick of defending you. blu just threw madlib's name on a project madlib didn't know about and tried selling it online. what a fucking joke. if madlib wasn't such a cool guy, he'd send the goons over and sic his lawyers on this junkie ass nigga. one of the tackiest moves i've seen in some time. blu is one of the worst live acts in all of rap, using a mic stand to keep his balance, as he drifts away in drunkeness. every concert fans leave mad and he loses fans. has not done anything of note since below the heavens, get a 9 to 5 nigga. he'd fuck that up with his drugging. couldn't handle it. let me handle mine, and let me delete this crap off my HD.

    • Beans

      damn u hating like fuck. its 2015 and this album is a fuckin GEM. all in all ur just a bitch lol Shoutout madlib the bad kid.

  • On a good note

    On a good note, for those of you pissed off about Blu and the crack head shit he just pulled off rejoice! At least he was able to use the money to pay his dealer off and stop him from breaking his legs. I'm sure he appreciates it.

  • talib

    ez has the same beat as Blackstar's 'Fix Up', but the difference in sound is very vivid. This shit sounds like a mixtape of some sort. Glad Madlib washed his hands coz this shit sounds like it was recorded in a bus.

  • Mr Flamboyant

    I kinda figured it out when the songs I heard had Blu rapping on shit that was already released for other cats' albums and ish. This nigga is trippin, man. I never could defend Blu truthfully with any of his latest actions. Just foolishness and fluckery abound.

  • Anonymous

    SMMFH @ U CLOWNS ACTIN' LIKE IT'S SOME GENIUS SH!T WHAT BLU DID. NOW AFTER MADLIB SAYIN' HE RIPPED THE BEATS, HAD OTHA GUYS RAP TRYIN' 2 GET THEIR GRIND ON AND BLU CHARGIN' 4 THIS "WHISPER MUSIC", WTF U GOTTA SAY NOW? WTF U GOTTA SAY FOR THE INFO UNFOLDIN' THAT BLU PULLED A FAST 1 ON U "FANS" TO MAKE A DOLLAR? WHERE'S THE SUPPORT FOR THIS CRACKHEAD FCUKERY NOW?

  • Douglas Minh Ngo

    "Free Stream"? No, He definitely put the price at $15.. took mine..

    • Correction

      The way Bandcamp works you can preview all of the songs before you purchase it. So in that case you could have listened to the whole project without paying a dime. I'm sure a lot of people did pay for it whether they previewed or not.

  • ASEE

    "Madlib has nothing to do with this project." Does that mean that he didn't produce any of the beats? Fuck is going on here?

    • Anonymous

      Unbelievable.

    • Correction

      No, the beats were in fact made by Madlib. Blu ripped the beats from another project that Madlib did and slapped his name on it. Meaning, this project didn't happen with the blessing of Madlib, he never gave him permission to use the beats, and he had absolutely nothing to do with it being made. This would have been cool if he didn't try to CHARGE people for it. Now he has pissed off fans and a possible lawsuit. Dude needs some serious help

  • Anonymous

    He should've given this beats to Elzhi, he would've dropped a classic. What a fucking shame.

  • GUY FAWKES

    & I MEANT EVERY WORD IN MY LETTER 2 THE PREZ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rscRIRtv0fU

  • jay dilla

    Madlib should rather be working on collaborative LPs with emcees like Mos Def and putting out another Liberation and Madvillainy instead of giving his beats to Blu. At keast i gave my beats to average emcees such as Frank N Dank and they rode on them.

  • nasstillatit

    Shout out to Exile, criminally slept on.

  • nasstillatit

    Blu has only one classic.

  • nasstillatit

    Give my flowers was gud even if the druggie didn't master it, but if dis shit is also not mastered fuck dis nigga.

  • Anonymous

    Also, cover girl's name is Carol Nakamura.

  • Anonymous

    It's getting harder and harder to support this guy. Even if he was going for that "lo-fi" sound, mixing the album does not mean that sound will be lost.

  • SirNonsenseStinksalott

    i Love only one Song X)

  • ASEE

    Shit I'm a fan of Blu but this needs to be mastered. It sounds fucking terrible. That second Blu/Exile record wasn't mastered but that album still sounds alight. I mean that's a solid record. But FROM WHAT I CAN HEAR this record with Madlib fucking sucks.

  • quarta past

    whoa.. that ass tho http://soundcloud.com/user7624843/we-be-ft-shai-kid-real

  • sizakhoza

    The Jesus LP was dope, i loved the Madlib produced title track. That album had so much potential. I think Blu should probably do a colab album with someone more serious over some dope beats.

  • sizakhoza

    I wish Madlib didnt have to waste his beats on people that dont treat them with respect. He is a super producer, he deserves justice on his beats! Having said that, i think Blu should get serious with his music and market his albums properly before releasing them, otherwise he is wasting his talent.

  • jjsteez

    here's yall problem. you got used to hearing all the blu unmixed bullshit and you write him off as just a lame tryna be broke conscious emcee. i understand the dude puts out some rough soundin shit but that don't mean you can't approach each project with an open mind. some of this shit is dope and any good rapper/producer would know that. instead yall think its cool to be like OH MY GOD THAT SHIT SOUNDS MUFFLED...WOW STOP TRYNA BE ARTSY....fuck you...he's painting a picture that's in his mind...and if it don't sound good to you...well so be it...but he's givin you a glimpse of how he thinks on a day to day basis....so quit actin like the shit ain't real

    • Beans

      exactly what im saying, this music is beautiful to me. its supposed to sound lo fi like this. its his style and he drops BARS all over his shit. Blu > everything

    • SCHWARZ

      TYPEA FCUKBOI SH!T IS THAT U TYPED? AIN'T THAT THE PURPOSE OF LISTENIN'? TO MAKE SURE I CAN REGISTER IT AS SOUND FOR MY COCHLEA'S TO VIBRATE SO I CAN COMPREHEND? IT'S A WASTE OF ENERGY TO SIT AND STRAIN TO HEAR SOME MUSIC FOR MERE WORDS. U SOUN' FCUKIN' STUPID AND THAT'S AS DIPLOMATIC ON THE SUBJECT AS I CAN GET. HOW DA FCUK CAN I RELATE TO WHAT HE'S SAYIN' IF I CANNOT HEAR IT?

    • Anonymous

      You fell for it, you fucking idiot.

    • Anonymous

      do you pick blu's drunk ass and carry him to his hotel roomm when he's drunk and high on tour? the guy is a junkie moving in alternate reality, he doesn't give a fuck, stop dickriding and maybe he'll deliver something professional for you.

  • MEGATRON

    some people think imgay but im not real talk never had n never will have balls n my chin im to gansgta lookin for that bullshit im good haha. that girl n the palm tree amazin. wow dats the reason i click n here is dat the cd cover o what nice.i can jack of to that picture really.lol peace

  • SCHWARZ

    AYE BLU, CUT THIS STARVIN' ARTIST FACADE THE FCUK OUT AND MIX THESE FCUKIN' SONGS. IF I WAS CASHUS I'D SMACK HOLY WATER OUTTA U. SHARE THAT BAG U FCUKIN' SMOKIN' WIT' A ENGINEER B, A CAT OR DOG CAN'T EVEN HEAR THIS SH!T.

  • stefan

    yall motherfuckers need an art lesson

  • stefan

    blu is a genius and he doesnt care if you aren't

    • a

      @Anonymous, so you got a tv and you think callin 'ye a genius makes you smart huh? Kanye a'int shit, he samples all his 'good' songs from other people, gets his hot beats from other producers an his rapping is mediocre at best. Now as an overall artist he's ight and he's got some solid shit, but blu bein retarded? get real kid, yea he's burning out slowly but that man has more talent than 'ye without a doubt. He just doesn't seem to want to use it..

    • Anonymous

      Kanye is a genius, Blu is a retard who puts out every single shitty thought that goes through his autistic head.

    • Anonymous

      definitely shytty quality

    • SCHWARZ

      A GENIUS FOR WHAT? TRYNA SELL THIS SH!TTY QUALITY MUSIC FOR A DIME? OR U THE FOOL 4 BUYIN' JUS' SO U CAN SAY U GOT SOME NEW BLU MUSIC?

  • Adam

    Greatest Album Cover of All Times. Blu should've taken advantage of Madlib as his producer. Could've been better imo

  • Anonymous

    im gonna cop this just off the strength of that picture! dayummmm!!! that ass is beautiful!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think the anger should be directed at the fact that hes selling It. At $15 that is comedy. Just give It out for free If you dont want to mix It down. Its as simple as.

    • ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      Dick riding for the sake of It is bad for your health, son! If you wanted to give an example of a classic poorly mixed down Its 36 Chambers. But then what do I know about music that you dont?

    • anon

      Real shit is raw bra, check Whole Foods. If you knew anything about music in general you wouldn't leave such remedial statements.

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  • SCHWARZ

    LOL AT ME TYPIN' MY OWN NAME WRONG

  • SXHWARZ

    AYE WHO GOTTA WORKIN' STREAM 4 THIS? UP THE ADDY IT'S DEAD ON BANDCAMP.

  • IDLE

    http://www.change.org/petitions/blu-to-mix-and-master-his-projects-before-releasing-them sign it

  • BPSN

    MADGIBBS That's all I have to say.

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  • illy

    blu is one of the illest..dont see the need for hate

  • Anonymous

    Hottest Artist out the South!!!! http://www.datpiff.com/Haris-Dreams-mixtape.302169.html

  • Blu

    One minute you the greatest the next you overrated, I already forgave ya

    • lol

      For bullshitting that nigga Cole spitting that real Wrote this line on a plane got flown straight from the Ville To Miami, where the same time last year I was broker than you, I just wanna make that clear

    • This clown

      *One minute Im overrated, next minute Im the savior You hate it before you played it, I already forgave ya At least get the line right

  • Anonymous

    Does this nigga really think making his music as unappealing as it gets is art?

    • 3M2

      GTF out of here troll go listen to your snap crunk get stoopid hyphy hipster transvestite flake ass. If you like talking shit then dont ever put down a person didnt' your momma tell you to never say something mean unless it was nice. If your going to put a person down try to be better than them okay! Faggot!

  • Anonymous

    Exile made that album. Blu is trash and always been nothing but trash. Typical case of wannabe creativity.

    • Anonymous

      LMAO @ these dumb ass nigga's always coming up with that Gucci Mane or Young Money shit after they got hit with a train of truth.

    • Anonymous

      just because he thinks blu is trash does not mean that he lsitens to gucci mane. and Blu is trash now. Below the Heavens is his only good project.

    • lloyd

      woaaaaaah nigga hold it I'd get it if you said that you're not a fan of Blu...but Blu is far from garbage now stop hating and go back to listening to your Gucci Mane or Lil Boosie album ya fag

  • Anonymous

    Blu is nothing spectacular and musically this is terrible...

  • EMS23

    Can you guys grow up and give the guy a rest. Idk maybe he's looking for more of authenticity. All you guys want is for that clear sound. He said in an interview he wants to drop jeweled tracks like Andre 3000 not like he is him. But he's very talented.

  • Grow up kid

    Blu is a terrible artist and incredibly unprofessional. It's just one thing after another with this kid. He released an album that got a lot of acclaim with Exile, I enjoyed the album the beats were incredible, I found Blu to be very bland and boring, but he established a fan base with that album. How does he respond to that? By recording cheap projects, that get tossed out one after another, with terrible sonic quality, unmixed vocals, fucked up levels, and zero build up. I don't think he cares. To me, it's disrespectful. Not only to his fans, and himself, but the people working with him. Madlib can give a lot of guys beats, and they will treat the project with a lot of care. They aren't going to record it, and release a rough version for sale with zero build up. I had the misfortune of seeing this kid live, he was struggling with some kind of substance problem. He was very intoxicated, disconnected from the audience, slurring words, forgetting words, letting the vocal track behind him fill in gaps. Zero energy. This guy doesn't deserve success, he doesn't work hard and he seems disinterested in the whole thing. There's too many hard working artists out there really trying for what little they got, appreciative of any support. Never thought the kid was anything special, very bland, not overly skilled, but he has a fanbase, and he continually shits on them. I don't respect that. Madlib is a genuine talent that can work with just about anyone he chooses, as busy as he is, I don't think he'd appreciate someone half assing a project he's affiliated with and putting it up for sale. That reflects poorly on him. No quality control whatsoever, and the kid wonders why his brand is hurt. Get a clue kid.

    • based landlord

      omg there are intelligent people on HHDX. great comment, i agree %100 i'm a HUGE madlib fan, and i'd even call myself a fan of Blu (although he's extremely disappointing lately)...and this album just frustrated me. how can you make an album produced entirely by madlib sound THIS bad?

    • aefsefs

      Agreed.. But i didnt find him boring on Below The Heavens or Johnson & Jonson either

    • Benny Dub

      Great comment! I thought the Below the Heavens album was an instant classic. Then he dropped the Soul Amazin compilation album, and I really thought Blu might be the future. But since then, I have no idea what this dude is doing! There are some real talented cats coming from the West Coast again, and he is getting passed by. I understand that not everybody is going to fit the same mold and that dude might want to experiment, but Blu has just gone way the fuck out into Neverland. The CRAC Knuckles and J&J albums were just not something I could vibe with. I thought NoYork was going to be a real album, and he comes out with some half-assed work. What is dude even rhyming for now?? Oh, and @ Christos - WTF are u talkin about??? U and Blu need to get off that dust!!

    • Anonymous

      ^^ you are entirely off base friend i admittedly am not a huge fan of blu the artist, but i respect the fact he has built a following for himself. i feel he owes his fans a little more respect, throwing these unmixed albums out for sale is a tacky move in my humble opinion. it is not the first time he's done this. i objectively listened to this project as a huge fan of madlib. it was frustrating to say the least. do not compare madvillainy to blu's unmixed recordings. madvillainy was mastered, the levels are consistent, and it bangs on a nice system. there's a way to achieve the dusty aesthetic without sacrificing artistic quality. you seem like a pompous jerk, with little respect for opposing opinions. peace friend, i come in peace.

    • CHRISTOS MOTHERFUCKER

      You're implying that, because the sound quality isn't up to par with typical releases, Blu is wildly untalented and a piece of shit artist. It's this type of narrow minded masturbation within hip hop that prevents the spread of new and blossoming ideas (such as lo-fi recordings, an aesthetic found largely within independent communities that has remained nonexistent in hip hop). Did you forget that Madlib recorded all of Madvillainy with fucking tape decks and four tracks? Reading comments like this infuriate me. I hear colonial Salemites resenting those who work and travel along the Ipswich Road. I hear tribalism, rigidity, and conservatism, a rejection of others' tolerance and capacity for diversity and hybridity.

    • Anonymous

      Best comment I've read here. Respect.

  • based landlord

    why the fuck does this dude keep putting out music that isn't mixed or mastered properly?? you got an album full of madlib beats and make them unlistenable because your voice is muffled and nobody can even tell what youre sayin. if you Madlib decides to give you an albums worth of beats, you need to treat that shit like gold and put out a quality product. wtf

  • themighty

    The Master of Dusty collabs with the A Student in Dust 101!

  • big dick

    Blu is very talented and destroying his credibility. Waste of talent.

  • DiceTRAKZ

    Ima big fan of Blu, but I cant really get into the music bcuz this album dont sound mixed and mastered. Some of the tracks sound like they could be dope, but i just cant get into that zone. I dnt understand why they would put this out if it wasnt mixed right....???

  • PM2126

    In my opinion, he puts out way too much music

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