EP Review | Blu & Exile – True & Livin’

This extended play was released on May 24th this year. I think this shit is gonna be awesome. Obviously Blu & Exile’s first collaboration, Below the Heavens, is my favorite Blu project ever. I also love the second album they did together too though. I’m hoping that this little EP is just a preview of more material to come in the future. It’s only three tracks, so there’s not a lot of room for error here. I think it’s gonna be great though. The project Blu dropped with Oh No earlier this year is already one of the better albums I’ve heard in 2019, so if this ends up being great I’ll be even more excited for whatever he does next. I feel like that album he did with Oh No is really slept on too. Check that shit out if you haven’t heard it yet. Anyway, every song is produced by Exile obviously.

1. True & Livin’

Awww shit. This is exactly what I wanted. I love this beat from Exile. It just sounds so comforting. It sounds like warmth and being with someone you love. This beat is amazing. Fuck, man. I need a whole album of this. These guys just sound so perfect together. It’s like they never left. Blu sounds amazing over this beat. The first verse is great. The hook is really simplistic, but it serves its purpose. Blu fucking killed that second verse too. Jesus. I’m so happy right now. God I will be so happy if these two put out another album together. I need that shit man. This song is fucking awesome. The final verse was pretty much the perfect way to wrap the song up. This is so well made. I honestly don’t have a single gripe with it. I even like the music video a lot. I mean, the part where Blu shoves a flower into a person’s gun is a little corny. It’s like hippy overload. Overall I enjoyed the video a lot though. This shit is dope af.

2. Spread Sunshine

Fuuuuck, nigga. Lmao. Bruh. These beats… Fuck. Am I stanning right now? Is that what’s happening here? I hope not. I don’t think I’m overreacting. Or maybe I am. I don’t know. I’m just really excited listening to this shit because I love it. This beat is gorgeous. I fucking love the way Blu is rapping over it too. The first verse is awesome.

I will push through the snow in Russia, over mountains in China
Swim through the Pacific Ocean, walk the hot of Sahara
I will go to the depths of hell and the gates of heaven
And come back from the afterlife just to complete my mission
Spreading sunshine

This music sounds like the cover of Below the Heavens. It just sounds like joy in the form of a song. I’ve only listened to two songs from this project, and I already don’t know how I’m gonna choose a favorite track. I LIVE FOR THIS SHIT.

Yo I’m ’bout to serve you herbs, you just tryna match the hype
I provide soul to the soul, spoken through this gold microphone that I hold
With no god but the light, I ignite
Limitless space, intimate peace
Praise God, the Father of Christ, cipher complete

I love how each track has had three verses so far. I feel like songs with three verses are becoming more and more rare these days, which I’m not too happy about. I could listen to Blu rap over Exile beats for hours. This shit is awesome. Once again, I have no gripes with this track at all. It’s dope af to me.

3. Power to the People featuring Choosey, Johaz, Cashus King, Emanon, Fashawn & Blame One

God FUCKING damnit. These beats, man. This beat is fucking awesome. Certain parts of it kinda remind me of the beat from Firefly by Childish Gambino. I’m not familiar with every artist featured on this song, so I won’t be able to say who each verse belongs to. I’m just gonna assume that the features are listed in order of the performances. The first verse from Blu was great, and the second verse from who I assume is Choosey was solid too. I love the vocals on the hook. Man, this beat is fucking insane. The third verse from Johaz was cool, and I actually really loved the fourth verse from Cashus King. Aloe Blacc sang his ass off on that bridge. He sounded fantastic. Jesus fuck. How the fuck am I supposed to choose a favorite track from this shit? Fashawn killed his verse, and Blame One did his thing too. You can kinda tell that they didn’t all record their verses in the same place though. It’s not that big of a deal for me personally. This is still a fantastic track to me. The production is amazing, and every artist had a good performance. This shit is dope af.


This is the best extended play I’ve heard all year. In fact, as an overall project, I’d actually say this is the best project I’ve heard all year. Obviously it’s easier to pull something like this off when you only have three songs on your project, since there’s so little room for error. The short length of this project is bittersweet for me. I’d much rather be left wanting more than be fatigued by too much music. I really just hope this is a teaser for more music to come in the future though. I really hope they do a full album. If they just give me ten to twelve more tracks of this I’ll be completely satisfied. Anyway, I don’t have a single gripe with this project. I think it’s incredible. This shit is dope af.

Favorite Song: Spread Sunshine
Least Favorite Song: Power to the People

96

96-100
Grade: A+

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