With Blu’s high-minded and tongue-twisting lyrics soaring over Exile’s crate-digging, soul-inflected instrumentals, it’s no wonder that the duo are heroes in the L.A. underground. Like all heroes, Blu & Exile have an origin story, as fictionalized in the charming new “Constellations” video. Though Blu and Exile met as adults, the new video speculates about what could have happened if the duo were childhood pals, playing with action figures, chilling in the park, and of course, bonding over their favorite music. “Constellations” is a nostalgic and charming look at Blu and Exile’s similarities, differences, and how they blend to create an excellent partnership. An organ-sampling boom-bap banger about stardom and destiny, “Constellations” is a highlight from ‘In The Beginning: Before The Heavens‘, a new collection of unearthed gems from the sessions of the duo’s cult-classic ‘Below The Heavens’ album.
Emerging from a fertile Los Angeles underground scene in 2007, Blu and Exile’s ‘Below The Heavens’ was an instant cult classic, showcasing Blu’s incisive and thoughtful bars over Exile’s dusty-yet-beautiful soul-sampling instrumentals. ‘In The Beginning: Before The Heavens’ is a rare time capsule that sounds just as fresh now as in 2007, providing manna for fans of underground hip-hop on both coasts. Featuring appearances from Aloe Blacc, Co$$, Donel Smokes, Blame One, Dr. Oop, and more, ‘In The Beginning: Before The Heavens’ arrived via Dirty Science/Fat Beats. In 2017, the duo reunited for the nationwide headlining “Below The Heavens 10th Anniversary” tour.
Exile says of ‘In The Beginning: Before The Heavens’:
“We planted the seeds of creativity and grew about 40 plants. We picked the ones that we thought were the best for an album, but that didn’t mean that the other flowers weren’t beautiful. I’m super happy to re-release [‘In The Beginning’] to people and have it actually get some attention that it definitely deserves. It’s amazing.”