Blu & Exile - Miles
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2020 Ratings: #9
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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.
Blu & Exile really knocked it out of the park with this one. As a general rule I tend to be a little unsure when embroiling myself with records that are as gargantuan as “Miles” in their length, however, such only proves that efforts can surpass the ordinary 1 hour mark and still pack a punch. There is undeniably a substantial endeavour into moulding this enormous experience into one that is consistently captivating, as Blu & Exile seem to evince such a broad collection of ... read more
#6 of my Top 50 Albums of 2020:

In a time such as these, a world with as much racial injustice and uncertainty as the one we’re living in, there will obviously be an influx of records covering these hefty topics. However, very few artists can cover this topic at the same level of nuance and potency that Blu and Exile do on Miles; a one and a half-hour jazz-rap epic rivaling the duo’s best albums, ... read more
If only this was more concise...

If it wasn’t for the runtime, this would possibly be the best rap project of the year. But even as is, while too long, the fantastic jazz-rap production from Exile and great verses from Blu make Miles one of the best rap albums of the year.

Fav Tracks: True & Livin’, Miles Davis, The Feeling, Music Is My Everything, Miles Away, Troubled Water, Roots Of Blue, African Dream, Requiem of Blue, The American Dream, Good Lord, To The Fall, But Not ... read more
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
Blu & Exile have been regarded highly for years based on their underground classic Below the Heavens released in 2007. If you ever dig deep into the underground scene typically most listeners focus heavily on those major influential albums from the late 90's and early 2000's that helped shape a hip hop sound that would slowly start to take over a greater role in the genre today. Plenty of people will point to albums from Aesop Rock, Company Flow, El-P, Cannibal Ox, MF Doom and Del the Funky ... 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