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The Up-Turn

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In early 2009 Blu appeared on the now infamous XXL freshmen list.  The list was showing that the hip-hop music industry had undergone a huge change because it was comprised almost exclusively of artists who had created a following over the internet.  Some of those artists went on to huge mainstream success (B.o.B, Asher Roth, Kid Cudi) and others dropped off the face of the earth (Charles Hamilton, Ace Hood), Blu fell somewhere in between.  After the list came out, it became clear that Blu was not looking to break into the mainstream, instead he stayed underground releasing great mixtapes and behind the scenes projects on tiny labels.  Now Blu is finally gearing up to release his debut album No York, and this FlyLo-produced track is the first single.  The production is face-melting, but who expected anything else from Flying Lotus, and the music video by “ruffrugged&rowdy” is one of my favorites of the year.  Download the track below.



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