The Making of Blu & Exile’s Below the Heavens
The legacy of both Blu and Exile continues to evolve, and a long-awaited follow-up, Give Me My Flowers While I Can Smell Them, was released via online last year December. While it received positive reviews, both fans and critics weren't pleased with the album's overall sound quality. As a means of satisfying the fans and presenting new materials, the album will be re-released on September 4th. In the meantime, a 12" EP will drop on July 24th.
It all started, however, with Below the Heavens. It's the most celebrated piece of work on both Exile and Blu's catalog to date. The album has been deemed as an underground classic, and its limited pressing during time of the release has earned a cult following of fans that have paid 10-times the original price of the CD on eBay for a physical copy. Today is the five-year anniversary since the release of Blu & Exile's Below the Heavens, and to commemorate the occasion, XXL has sat down with its key players to dissect the creation process of an underground classic. —Jaeki Cho (@JaekiCho)