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QuestionI just heard a couple songs from Sene & blu album "a day late & a dollar short" from 2009 & wanna know if you ever did a review on it. I like your take on music. Much appreciated Anwser

I actually reviewed my two favorite songs from it, with EyesDry - TheAfter being my 3rd favorite hip-hop song of 2009. It’s a true classic.

Sene & Blu - JusASuggestion

Sene & Blu - EyesDry - TheAfter

"Blu is a reflection of hip-hop as the sky is a reflection of the ocean."

- Blu

Sene & Blu - JusASuggestion

This painfully low-key gem is my second favorite song off of Sene & Blu’s fantastic 2009 collab album A Day Late & A Dollar Short, with my favorite being EyesDry - TheAfter. The catchy upbeat instrumental produced by Blu paired with Sene’s brilliant lyricism makes this a memorable track that boasts a great deal of of character and flair. I’m still not sure how this album got more slept on more than the cold side of a pillow. If you haven’t given it a listen yet, I highly suggest you do.

"That’s why I can’t sleep, turnin’ tossin’. Signs in my path tell me caution, though I been ignorin’ them since eighteen. What you can’t see can’t hurt, so I don’t judge another man’s worth. Who am I to say he can’t dream. I just play the cards they hand me, and ante up when my chance peeks."

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My Song Rating: 9.5 out of 10

"Fuck jewels…I think my soul glows bright enough. And fuck whips…I learn more when I ride the bus. And fuck gold…it’s bad enough that we fight for bucks. And fuck hoes…cuz in the end I need a wife to love."

- Blu

L’Orange - Alone (ft. Blu)

This remarkable hip-hop gem came out last year in November, and somehow managed to remain under my radar until just recently; therefore, I’ve officially added it to my list of “The Best 60 Hip-Hop Songs of 2012" at #8. Alone is the best song off of L’Orange’s mostly instrumental album The Mad Writer. The elegant samples found throughout this song are ingeniously utilized, and fit Blu’s mellow flow to a cue. Blu’s lyrical game is also straight poetry. It’s some of his best writing ever, which is saying a lot given he’s unarguably one of the best lyricists in the game.

"I do belong in my skin, then again it’s just flesh. I’m 29, I can’t wait to see my daughter make a mess."

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My Song Rating: 9.8 out of 10

QuestionWhat's your opinion on Blu (Johnson Barnes) as an artist? Anwser

Personally I’m a huge fan.

Here’s everything I’ve ever posted about Blu.

Everyday is a journey, I’m just trying to find my way

Left teardrops on my girl’s pillowcase

My unc’ said, ‘we ain’t got no time for that

Big sis said, ‘make sure your mind intact’

- Fashawn

"My days are cold, my nights are slow, and I can’t take it."

- Blu

(Ohio weather)

Arima - Questions (ft. Blu)

Blu once again demonstrates that when it comes to flowing over an organic and mellow instrumental, he’s one of the world’s best. This low-key gem is off of Arima’s EP Earth To Arima. She only has 1,500 followers on twitter, but I assume if she continues making music like this her fan base will multiply pretty quickly. I also ranked Questions the 57th best hip-hop song to come out last year for my 60 Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2012 list, which you should check out if you haven’t already.

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My Song Rating: 9.5 out of 10

“Belittled thoughts and yada-yada, drama side

Mind traumatized by, um, fallin’ off in the water

Which was softer than the ground-level

Found holding souls of a daisy without petals…how special

O heaven, how could I forget you?

…My dedication to the music.”

- Blu

Blu & Exile - O Heaven

This is my 2nd favorite song off of Blu & Exiles 2nd collab album Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them. This is the kind of song that you’ll need to listen to a few times before you can fully comprehend its weight. Blu’s exceptionally profound lyrical content is what makes O Heaven something truly special.  The lyrics are straight up poetry, so you really need to pay attention to what he says in order to fully appreciate this song. Blu beautifully depicts his undying love for music and everything it represents and has represented in his life. Also, if you’re curious, my favorite song of off this album is Growing Pains (ft. Johaz & Fashawn).

"Belittled thoughts and yada-yada, drama side

Mind traumatized by, um, fallin’ off in the water

Which was softer than the ground-level

Found holding souls of a daisy without petals…how special

O heaven, how could I forget you?

…My dedication to the muses.”

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My Song Rating: 9.5 out of 10

QuestionThoughts on the Blu/Schoolboy Q beef? Anwser

Even though I’m a fan of both of them (I’m a bigger Blu fan), I truly don’t care. I stopped caring about minor beefs like this a very long time ago. Things like this never go anywhere, and you learn absolutely nothing from them.

However, I would like to see a Drake and DMX beef. Mostly because DMX would ruthlessly rip him apart so often that it would inevitably be hilarious, entertaining, and make me feel really good on the inside. DMX hates Drake and has stated this many times, but Drake won’t respond to him because he knows he wouldn’t stand a chance.