BLU: Call My Nigga


Blu - "Call My Nigga"
(UCLA; 2012)

This President's Day, the Church of Johnson Barnes rejoiced as Blu's fabled duet with Madlib briefly descended from the heavens. Seeing as how these are two of southern California's brightest talents and quirkiest personalities, a collaboration of this magnitude would usually face insurmountable expectations. Fortunately, Blu has adopted Lil B's business model, which entails streamlining a fuck-ton of projects to a narrow devout fan base with little to no promotion. He's effectively creating his own version of "Based World," as it's nearly impossible to discuss his music with anyone who hasn't been completely immersed in it for the last couple years. The biggest advantage to this approach is it neutralizes suspense, and doesn't give fans a chance to develop preconceived measures of success and disappointment. The entirety of UCLA isn't great by any stretch of the imagination, but going in unhinged certainly makes it easier to appreciate the watermarks. 'Call My Nigga,' is the most memorable effort you'll find on the tape. Anchored by a vocal sample I'd like to think is a warped excerpt from Raekwon's '10 Bricks' ("selling drugs to Flatbush, call my nigga Cecil"), Blu and company do justice to Madlib's "low budget high fidelity" and execute a stellar posse cut.

6 comments:

  1. The biggest advantage to this approach is it neutralizes suspense, and doesn't give fans a chance to develop preconceived measures of success and disappointment.
    ^^^
    Indeed... as unrealistic as it may be, I wish all rappers would follow Blu's lead by letting the music speak for itself. Enough with the 100,000,000,000 interviews telling people how "great" your album is, how "incredible" it is, how so & so thought it was "classic".

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