Anyone even vaguely familiar with the work of LA’s own Blu, shouldn’t need us to tell them quite how phenomenal his rhyming can be. From his bonafide classic debut ‘Below The Heavens’, spitting super fresh verses of introspection, intelligence and reality over Exile’s stunning production, through to the recent official release of the cinematic ‘Her Favorite Colo(u)r’ project, Blu is a rapper who rarely appears without saying something to make cats sit up and take notice.
Renowned for his honest story-telling, dope lyricism and canny ability to empathise with the travails of life as an everyman as well as an aspiring and successful musician, Blu has also achieved that most elusive of qualities in modern-day hip-hop, namely consistency. Whether on unofficial releases, mixtapes, label releases, solo, or with his collaborations such as with Exile, Mainframe (as Johnson & Johnson), Ta’raach (as C.R.A.C) and countless others, Blu simply always comes correct. Like the man himself says on ‘Her favorite Colo(u)r’, Fuck a rapper / I'm an actor in a film called Leave Me The Fuck Alone Till I Find A Real Job’ and it is this honesty and clarity of execution that really sets him apart. Few MCs today can truly claim to have a flawless record of releases. Blu is one of them. So when he tackled The Twelve we knew he’d have something interesting to say. Only thing is we forgot the most important question. What IS her favorite color?
1. Who's in the house?
Blz and Blz’ bitches.
2. Can it be that it was all so simple then?
3. It ain't where you're from, it's...?
4. Give me the fortune, keep the fame?
Or give it to Kanye.
5. After the show it's the after-party, and after the party it's the...?
What the fuck U think?
6. It's quite okay for a gangster to wear sandals?
Gzus did. G’s up!
7. If I ruled the world?
I would give it back to GOD, and keep the money.
8. Do you want more?
South Philly in the house y’all!
9. How does it feel?
Untitled, with my Twelve Bar shirt on.
10. What's next on the menu?
Mo' money homie, and of course mo’ music.
11. Give me the reason to want you back?
I never left.
12. Tell us why it's all love...
Cause it’s Twelve Bar.