LA underground hip hop favorite Blu (pictured above with Exile) is interviewed by Australia’s Acclaim Magazine. He just dropped an album with frequent collaborator Exile. So that is a topic discussion along with touring and “the current state of hip hop.” I posted some excerpts below. You can check the whole interview out here: Acclaim Mag – Blu Interview
“There’s no secret that you often release songs with that raw, rough and grimy feel. Describe the reasoning of your love of releasing un-mastered low fi music?
Tapes and vinyl. Also I love
static. Raw shit is raw shit. My shit is raw, straight up.
Many of your records contain very poetic and honest lyricism tapping into personal experiences whether it be triumphs or struggles. Was it hard writing things that lay out your personal life? How has that helped you become a stronger person and more meaningful artist?
Early on it was good for me to vent because I felt all I had was my pen. Now, I’m at home with anything I write and I feel I can speak on anything
the same way I am in real life. People have always known that Blu does not keep his mouth shut so don’t tell him shit. But now everything I write is personal, even when I’m just talking out my ass.”