Blu & Exile - True & Livin' Tour with Choosey, Dag Savage, Cashus King, Pistol Mcfly & Sirplus

Sat May 18 2019

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Subterranean

2011 W. North Ave Chicago, IL 60647

$15.00

Ages 17+

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Blu & Exile - True & Livin' Tour with Choosey, Dag Savage, Cashus King, Pistol Mcfly & Sirplus

  • Blu & Exile

    Blu & Exile

    Alternative Rap

    “ I was about five in the roller skating rink, hearing robot voices, synths, 808's, booming and seeing people breakdancing to the beats. What were these beats? later, I was about 8 thinking what is this booming sound coming from these lowered trucks, it was beats.
    Banging on electrical boxes, finger drumming on the desk at school, it was beats. From beatboxing to scratching a tom tom club record to tape cassette. it was beats. Turning the treble all the way down and the bass all the way up to feel the beats. Cutting out sound to create Rhythms with a home stereo, Tape loops, one turntable, four tracks and one button playing one sample, it didn't matter what you used all that mattered was the outcome of the beat. Making music from nothing, pre-internet you had to teach yourself or make homies with the local legend to drop some gems on their process of making beats. Now you can take classes on how to make beats.
    It doesn't matter if you use a Roland ms1 or Mpc 2000xl, sampling records or sampling yourself playing the keys, get lost in the music, stay thankful and remember the feeling of why you do this. That is my process. “
    Exile
    His first record appearances were as a member of the hip hop duo Emanon with rapper/singer Aloe Blacc. They released music on the b sides of various DJ Exile mix tapes, beginning in 1994 with "Dream Sequence" 1995 “Stretch Marks” But it wasn’t until their 1996 mixtape they really got world wide recognition off of a cassette tape! You know, the rectangular shaped piece of plastic that actually ha music on the ribbon of the tape? yes those. Moving along they finally pressed vinyl and began getting regular spins on power 106 friday night flavors in Los angles, later releasing Anon & On. After 2002, Exile went on to release one more Emanon album, The Waiting Room (2004), a solo album, Dirty Science (2006),[3] and another collaborative effort with the rapper Blu, Below the Heavens (2007).[ Exile released two more solo albums, Radio in 2009 where he broke ground making an album soley out of radio shows in Los Angeles! From basslines, drums, 808, vocals, the whole album was made from LA radio waves. later- 4TRK Mind in 2011. 2013 saw the release of his instrumental album, Zip Disks & Floppies. In 2007, the same year that Kanye vs. 50 Cent in an album sales battle dominated headlines in the mainstream, Blu and Exile were carving their own path with an instant classic. The rapper born Johnson Barnes and the DJ/producer born Aleksander Manfredi released Below the Heavens: In Hell Happy With Your New Imaginary Friend on July 17. Featuring soul-infused, J. Dilla meets Pete Rock-inspired production with the raw vulnerability of Blu’s rhymes, the album began to receive rave reviews by hip-hop tastemakers and underground enthusiasts. In a review penned by 2DopeBoys’ Shake for HipHopDX, he gave it a 4/5 and noted that Blu is an “an extremely talented lyricist; clever rhymes, technically sound, intensely personal and witty.” Below the Heavens impacted everyone in some way, as it would later end up on many critics’ year-end lists from all over the internet.
    Compared to Blu, who was a fresh 22-year-old rapper in the L.A. scene making ends meet by being a hypeman, Exile had already established himself with production credits on projects by Jurassic 5, Kardinal Offishall, Mobb Deep, among others. According to Exile, he was introduced to Blu through Aloe Blacc, who was the vocalist behind their group Emanon. “Aloe had actually met him first and Aloe had brought me over to see him perform,” Exile says of seeing Blu perform in L.A. in 2003. “It was just this hungry [MC], happy to be rocking on stage, and he was killing it.”
    At the time, Exile was working on his Dirty Science compilation album. He wanted to recruit Blu as one of the featured rappers, so he gave him a batch of beats to rhyme over. Blu, who was already a fan of Emanon, liked that Exile’s sound was so sample-driven – a hallmark of hip-hop’s golden era. The pair got into the studio to create “Party of Two” (their first collaboration) “Maintain,” and “The Narrow Path.” Their good chemistry sparked the idea to make a full-length album together. “After that day, we knew we wanted to make an album with each other,” he says. “I remember being in the car after our session and just talking for a long time about the album and what we wanted it to be.”
    From then on, Below the Heavens slowly earned its reputation as a milestone for West Coast underground hip-hop, delivering a pure and authentic experience for the Okayplayer heads. Although Sound in Color only pressed 3,000 copies back then and Below the Heavens suffered a premature leak online, the rarity of the physical CD added to the mythology of why people needed to cop and listen or face fear of missing out. Blu had a knack for grappling with his everyman struggles and conveying them in relatable detail, using Exile’s instrumentals as a vehicle for his emotions. When he touched on thoughts of hopelessness, frustration, love, or spiritual enlightenment, people certainly adored it because he was being so honest.
    “People loved those personal stories, all the braggadocio over soul samples, all the sincerity. No one looked at me as if I made a bad decision for making an underground record as opposed to something that could gain commercial success,” Blu said in an interview. “You feel the culture in the record … the nostalgia that makes you reminisce on those classic records. Sample static, drum breaks, raw lyricism and actual content — all for the West Coast.”
    During subsequent years, Blu would go on to land a spot on the 2009 XXL Freshman Class alongside rappers such as Wale, Kid Cudi, B.o.B, and Charles Hamilton, largely based on the success of Below the Heavens. Blu and Exile would reunite in 2012 for Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them that was also critically acclaimed. Outside of their collaborative work, they have had fruitful solo careers too. Blu would drop countless mixtapes and EPs and continue to make one-producer albums with Bombay, Madlib, and Nottz. Exile recently helmed the majority of production for Fashawn’s The Ecology and released a new Emanon album titled Dystopia.
    2017 marks the 10-year anniversary of Below the Heavens. One of the interesting tidbits about the album is Blu and Exile made over 40 songs, with only 15 of them making the final cut. Now, the duo is reuniting for their third release, In the Beginning: Before the Heavens, a collection of the best tracks from the original sessions. “I’m super happy to re-release it to people and have it actually get some attention that it definitely deserves,” Exile says. “It’s amazing.”
    As well as producing all these albums Exile also founded Dirty Science Records in 2012, and has a slew of projects to release with his crew, from Choosey, Cashus King, Pistol McFly, Blu and Exile an more! From 2019 and beyond! Stay Tuned.
  • Choosey

    Choosey

    Hip-Hop/Rap

  • Dag Savage

    Dag Savage

    Hip-Hop/Rap

  • Cashus King

    Cashus King

    Hip-Hop/Rap

  • Pistol McFly

    Pistol McFly

    Hip-Hop/Rap

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Blu & Exile - True & Livin' Tour with Choosey, Dag Savage, Cashus King, Pistol Mcfly & Sirplus

Sat May 18 2019 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Subterranean Chicago IL
Blu & Exile - True & Livin' Tour with Choosey, Dag Savage, Cashus King, Pistol Mcfly & Sirplus

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