Blu Records With The Roots

With his true-to-life lyrics and heartfelt bars, getting in touch with his roots has never been a problem for L.A. rapper Blu. So, it’s only fitting that left coast MC is in New York City recording with The Roots, cutting tracks for the band’s upcoming ninth studio album How I Got Over due in June on Def Jam. 

The XXL Freshman is honored to be recording with ?uestllove and company according to his manager Jonathan Kim, who talked to in an exclusive interview. “Blu has been a fan of [The Roots] since Organix. It’s an amazing opportunity for us, [The Roots] have been extremely gracious in allowing Blu to be apart of their next album.”

As far as his own major label debut on Warner/Sire, Kim remains tight-lipped but has revealed that Blu will begin recording in the coming weeks. – Rob Markman

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  • LeonTheProfessional

    …ahhh – always great to see one of the dopest out recording w/ a legendary team of musicians.

    blu = hiphop freshness
    black thought x roots = hiphop legends

    You can be sure this track is gonna be a classic track…


  • Phil

    Now THIS is a new artist that DESERVES support. Not some watered down blend of Wayne & Conye trying to sing to tone deaf broads! An MC that actually SAY SOMETHING of significance, something relatable, with a great flow, humor and humility.

    Blu for the win.

    Flake for the landfill.

  • Dub Sac

    Good to see him doing his thing. I was worried that going major would slow his work flow.

  • Tax payer 9394

    I soooooo, need that new Roots CD for what is promised to be a beautiful summer. Never heard nuffin from the freshman yet, but if the roots takes an interest in him I’m sure he’s someone to pay attention too then.

    • re-yo

      Youtube “Blu & Exile”…

      Dude fits right in….

  • EmCDL

    Never even heard of this cat but if the Roots is working with him he must be something…can anyone tell me what he’s put out so I can give his stuff a listen? I’m curious.

    • ChrisCash

      His first album is called “Below the Heavens” and its a classic produced entirely by exile and hes one of the freshmen 10

  • Stevie B

    Finally got some coverage on Blu he spits fire!!!

    Blu = West Coast Nas

  • $ykotic


    Was this a make up thread because we tire of the AsherEm anointment?

    Do tell…

    • Rob the Music Ed

      No, no conspiracy theory. Just reporting the news.
      Why does there have to be a hidden agenda?

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