Editors' pick

Blu & Exile

Hip-Hop/Rap
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Editorial Review

Today's freshman and sophomore classes of MCs employ a wide range of tools to draw attention to themselves, from Charles Hamilton's petulant emo shenanigans to the Cool Kids' retro styles and party rhymes. http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/bars-clubs/gin-and-tonic,792002.html has been swinging the focus back to the West Coast with straight-up real raw rap. He can flip concepts, but he can also go for the jugular. When compared to his left coast forebears, there's a little bit of Del before he got too intergalactic and some of Planet Asia's street swagger. Combined with DJ Exile's classic beat-craft, there's a lot to like in the duo's releases. Get familiar with Blu & Exile (listen) at Liv tonight.

-- Rhome Anderson (April 2009)