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Blu: Open

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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, to be released on September 27th, 2011 through New World Color / Nature Sounds. 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.

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1. Point Blank
featuring JustLee
Producer: GODleeBarnes (aka Blu)
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2. Good Gracious
featuring Da1
Producer: GODleeBarnes (aka Blu)
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3. Steel Remains (Raw)
Producer: GODleeBarnes (aka Blu)
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4. Gotta Be Free
featuring Aaron Smartz
Producer: GODleeBarnes (aka Blu)
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5. Taking The Day Off
featuring ScienZe; Versis
Producer: GODleeBarnes (aka Blu)
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6. Part Time Suckas
featuring Chop; Fresh Daily
Producer: GODleeBarnes (aka Blu)
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7. Avenge Of The Cheap Ass
featuring Sene
Producer: GODleeBarnes (aka Blu)
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8. Remember Me
featuring D Tail; Definite
Producer: GODleeBarnes (aka Blu)
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9. The Dance
featuring Tribe Of Levi
Producer: GODleeBarnes (aka Blu)
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10. Ooh Child
featuring Ms Guiterrez
Producer: GODleeBarnes (aka Blu)
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11. The Bottom
featuring Micah
Producer: GODleeBarnes (aka Blu)
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12. Brown Sucre (Instrolude)
featuring Esmeralda Starlett
Producer: GODleeBarnes (aka Blu)
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13. The End
Producer: GODleeBarnes (aka Blu)
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14. Twenty Seven
featuring SouthBroad
Producer: GODleeBarnes (aka Blu)
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3.4 Stars (3.4 Stars )
Total Comments: 21
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/5/2014 9:38:00 AM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
Location: az/ hell
Comment: not really feeling these beats sound too happy for BLU!
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/18/2012 5:10:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: ghosttown
Comment: beats are cool rhymes are average
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/22/2011 1:59:00 AM; Partial IP: 07.171.119)
Location: melb
Comment: not his best but still mad props for feats and beats
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/15/2011 3:25:00 PM; Partial IP: .92.10.225)
Location: The Town
Comment: Dope, different
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/15/2011 9:27:00 AM; Partial IP: 200.47.213)
Location: England
Comment: As much as I like blu I can't get into this one....
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/1/2011 10:16:00 AM; Partial IP: .71.123.36)
Location: North Carolina
Comment: Blu has done did it again. The production on this album is phat, phat, phat!.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/26/2011 2:13:00 AM; Partial IP: 53.128.112)
Location: Cdn
Comment: The Lo-Fi and Raw sound is wonderful to listen too, I like this because the tempo and art show an incredible body of work that was made genuinely out of a love for music and hip hop
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/24/2011 9:45:00 AM; Partial IP: 128.49.211)
Location: J-City, Nigeria
Comment: i agree wit bizarroworld... tight album & definitely better than the new proud & arrogant tigallo album.BIG UP BLU!
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/24/2011 3:28:00 AM; Partial IP: 33.176.222)
Location: washington, dc
Comment: what are y'all talking "wackness" for? this sounds better than the new phonte and mofo's over there are 5-starring the shit of that. even "remember me" has more tolerable-sounding r&b vocals than anything on that new phonte.
Name: (Posted: 9/22/2011 7:33:00 PM; Partial IP: .197.149.8)
Location: Real Hip Hop
Comment: Good reason 3c, good reason.I thought the point of the rating system was to let everyone know how the album was. Didn't know you could tell ppl how the album was before even hearing it..
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 9/22/2011 4:12:00 AM; Partial IP: 42.254.124)
Location: vbase
Comment: W A C K N E S S . . . . . . bitchness
Name: (Posted: 9/20/2011 9:40:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: hdg
Comment: why? cause I fucking can. blu has unique instrumentals and I assume its gotta be good
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 9/20/2011 8:12:00 PM; Partial IP: .65.109.52)
Location: cali
Comment: not fresh!!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/20/2011 12:24:00 PM; Partial IP: .8.206.246)
Location: heLL
Comment: My World is So BLU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Name: (Posted: 9/19/2011 2:59:00 PM; Partial IP: .197.149.8)
Location: Real Hip Hop
Comment: 3C why would you rate something before you have even heard it?
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/18/2011 10:39:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: austr
Comment: all trakcs produced by blu? sweet! gotta peep this shyt
Name: (Posted: 9/16/2011 6:25:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: wack
Comment: $15.97 for a cd in a cardboard sleeve fuck outta here hope its 5 star music.
Name: (Posted: 9/7/2011 3:01:00 AM; Partial IP: 07.171.119)
Location: Australia. Melbourne
Comment: BLU 3 I CANT WAIT!!! ;D his music is always what I love and look for in underground when I not listening to that raw rap shyt. peace blu much love from australia!
Name: (Posted: 9/7/2011 12:31:00 AM; Partial IP: 04.169.237)
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Comment: Haha dope! Blu released a version of this as a single mp3 download on his Myspace a couple years ago, but now is making an official release! @maj Blu uses the Akai MPC 2000XL, there are pictures of him using the machine (I would post a link but UGHH doesn't allow it, which is all good) which I've seen undeniably. I greatly appreciate Blu & his body of work. I wish the best for this dude in all his endeavors! One Love & God Bless.
Name: (Posted: 9/5/2011 11:27:00 PM; Partial IP: 237.105.51)
Location: bean
Comment: cant waiiittt yo! damn tho im dying to know what he uses to produce. 2000XL like Exile? yo UGHH get an interview we must know!
Name: (Posted: 9/1/2011 3:58:00 PM; Partial IP: .154.64.65)
Location: Pasadena, CA
Comment: I will be on this! Not on the album but I will be on the per-order tip.
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