Blu & Exile - Miles
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Based on 163 ratings
2020 Ratings: #8
Liked by 8 people
July 17, 2020 / Release Date
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Fat Beats / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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Blu & Exile deliver a jazz rap album whose ambition and craftsmanship should go unmatched for some time.
Blu & Exile finally offer a worthy spiritual successor to their seismic 2007 debut with a sprawling double album about the cultural forces that shape us.
Easily one of the best albums of the year so far. The jazz rap lane has always been successful for Blu and his chemistry with Exile is still undeniable. This is supposed to act as a tribute album to Miles Davis but they still were able to effortlessly talk about topics like racism, his rise to success, and his respect for great artists who have died. The sample-heavy production style from Exile is great, the features were brilliant, and the lyricism from Blue is really thought-provoking and ... read more
Idk why I couldn't think of anything to say about this record; but, I do believe this to be one of Blu's most expressive, impressive examples of songwriting. His pen game is better than ever here delivering some of his most intelligent and personal content over production rivaling any he's had.
2020 marks eight years since Blu & Exile's last full-length album Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them, and 13 years since their classic collaborative debut Below The Heavens, one of the best albums released in 2007. Now the duo is back with double album Miles: From An Interlude Called Life (Miles for short), Blu & Exile third full-length collaboration. The title references jazz-legend Miles Davis, who gets multiple mentions/shout-outs throughout the album, as do lots of ... read more
This is a great album that consistently delivers one quality jazz rap song after another. While this album can feel too long at times, it is an engaging listen filled with clever lyricism, fantastic flows and smooth, jazzy beats.

Favourite tracks: Troubled Water, Roots Of Blue, The American Dream
Rapper Blu and producer Exile have returned for their 3rd joint studio album. The duo’s debut is widely regarded as one of the best hip hop records of the 00’s and their followup in 2011 was a less great but still admirable attempt at making more abstract material. So now 9 years after that record they have returned for “Miles”. Which honestly does not disappoint at all. Despite it’s incredibly long runtime, 20 song tracklist, and not a ton of stylistic variety ... read more
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Track List

  1. Blue
  2. When The Gods Meet (feat. Ishe)
  3. True & Livin'
  4. Miles Davis
  5. The Feeling (feat. Jacinto Rhines)
  6. Music Is My Everything (feat. Choosey & Jimetta Rose)
  7. Bright As Stars (feat. Aceyalone, Iman Omari & Ishe)
  8. Blue As I Can Be
  9. You Ain't Never Been Blue
  10. Miles Away (feat. C.S. Armstrong)
  11. Troubled Water (feat. Gappy Ranks)
  12. Roots Of Blue (feat. Jacinto Rhines)
  13. African Dream (feat. Gappy Ranks & Aloe Blacc)
  14. Requiem Of Blue (feat. Fashawn)
  15. The American Dream (feat. Miguel & The Last Artful, Dodgr)
  16. Dear Lord (feat. Jimetta Rose)
  17. To The Fall, But Not Forgotten
  18. All The Blues
  19. Spread Sunshine
  20. The End (feat. Dag Savage, Cashus King & ADAD)
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Added on: May 21, 2020