Blu & Exile - Miles
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Based on 392 ratings
2020 Ratings: #9
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July 17, 2020 / Release Date
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Fat Beats / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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The Needle Drop
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.
It’s albums like this that remind me why I fell In love with hip hop. The beats, the sampling, the scratches, the lyricism, the story telling? Everything that makes a classic hip hop record Is here on full display throughout, and It’s sad cause I know this Isn’t gonna get the attention It deserves. The only thing I can say may possibly hold this back Is probably It’s length, but almost every track Is great so I really can’t complain. This Is truly amazing, and a ... read more
I hate the phrase ”instant classic” but from the first listen thats the only way i can describe it.
Blu & Exile shows an incredible hybrid approach to the modern-day hip hop sound as well display tremendous amounts of versatility on their latest project Miles.

I loved the production here bro as Exile showed insane amounts of versatility with his sounds. We sometimes hear this classical and classic jazz incorporated sound like on the track Miles Davis and then we hear this aggressive throwback cuts like on the track Troubled Water and The End. Even if this project is long (runs about ... read more
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
One of my habits is being late to good albums. This is no exception.

95 minutes, 20 tracks, no problem. This album is amazing throughout the whole listen and there was not a single point where I got bored. As the album title name "Miles" might give it away, this album is full of jazz and soul, as Exile contributes wonderful instrumentals and Blu provides personal and poetic bars. The partnership of Blu and Exile is truly wonderful, as both of them bring their best to combine into ... 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