Today in Hip Hop History: September 4, 2012
Following the critical acclaim of their debut album, Below the Heavens, hip hop duo Blu & Exile garnered some anticipation and expectations for their future. Recording for their second studio album, Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them, began in 2009 after a few year hiatus and they released it via Bandcamp on December 16, 2011 to a flurry of complaints about poor audio quality. For this reason, the duo pulled it back and re-released it after improving the audio on September 4, 2012 through Dirty Science Records and Fat Beats Records.
Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them was completely produced by Exile, as expected, and featured the likes of Jasmine Mitchell, Jimetta Rose, Dag Savage, Fashawn, Homeboy Sandman and ADAD. The album comes in at just under an hour in length via 17 total songs.
After the relatively underground success of Below the Heavens, the announcement of second album Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them arouse much excitement in the hip hop head community around the world. Featuring various underground and independent hip hop artists, the album did not disappoint despite being unable to surpass its predecessor.
The album is a collection of “hip-hop buoyed by Blu’s gymnastic wordplay and Exile’s soulful, sample-driven beats.” Blu’s profound and thought-provoking lyrics complement the chill yet driven instrumentals that Exile provides. One can understand the vibes that resonate between the two, and their parallel penchant for straight by the book hip hop joints.
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