Robert Baker from DubCNN got a chance to sit with Blu and talk about his upcoming album, No York, his rapping style, artists he's worked and much more. Check out part of the interview below and click the link for the full interview.
Dubcnn: Where you’ve been lately?
Blu: Just been working on that new album No York. We’re in the mixing stages. We’re bouncing all over Cali trying to clash the right sounds for this record man cuz I’m kinda representing California with this record. It be good to get the proper representatives to make it official as possible.
Dubcnn: Will the No York Band be featured on the album?
The No York Band we kind of put on hold man. We got a couple different ways of displaying the music live. The No York Band got put on hold until we got more James Brown covers from members.
Dubcnn: What is No York all about?
It’s about Cali. It’s about rapping and Cali.
Dubcnn: Will you be doing your own production on this album?
Nah. I got production from like Lotus, Exile, Sam I Am, Sa-Ra, Madlib. It’s a pretty crazy album.
Dubcnn: Yeah and probably not only that you created another extension of yourself. I like that on every record you try to switch it up so it doesn’t become monotonous. I remember watching an interview with Nas, and him saying that people were always looking for another Illmatic, and I felt that’s how people felt when they thought of Below the Heavens.
Blu: Oh yeah. And it’s funny for me cuz I worked on all three of those records. My first three records at the same time. We worked on C.R.A.C. in two weeks. We worked on it in two week in between working on Below the Heavens in two years. We worked on Johnson and Jonson for a year in the same year we were working on Below the Heavens, expecting all those to pretty much to initially drop the same year. We just had so much sh*t going. But what end up happening was that we had all the release dates pretty much spread out the right way. But basically that was me letting all my styles down. There were a bunch of different angles I wanted to go that Exile didn’t want me to particularly want me to go. There were certain sounds that me and Mainframe didn’t want to do because Exile was already doing those. That style. So we chose to go different routes. There were different routes, but it was mainly to show how diverse I was so people wouldn’t box me in like Nas and Illmatic or Blu and Below the Heavens. Know what I’m saying?
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