Blu & Oh No, Indie-Rap Survivors

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BluA decade ago, XXL did its best to figure out where rap was going. They’d tried it once before, spotlighting a bunch of rising street-rap stars — Lil Boosie, Young Dro, Saigon — on the cover of a 2007 issue. But 2009 was the beginning of the XXL Freshman class, a mostly-annual institution that’s come … More »

Stream Blu & Oh No’s New Album A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night

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Blu-and-Oh-No-A-Long-Red-Hot-Los-Angeles-Summer-NightBlu, from Los Angeles, and Oh No, from Oxnard, are both longtime veterans of the West Coast rap underground. They’ve both had triumphs and dry stretches, and now they’ve come together on a new collaborative album called A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night. Blu is a sharp, thoughtful rapper with a punchy, off-kilter … More »

Blu & Oh No – “Pop Shots”

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Blu-and-Oh-No-A-Red-Hot-Los-Angeles-Summer-NightA decade ago, the Los Angeles underground rapper Blu felt like the future — an inheritor of his city’s wordy, introspective, melodically astute Freestyle Fellowship/Project Blowed history who still made sense when he was rapping hard on mixtape tracks. And Blu never stopped rapping, though guys like Kendrick Lamar may have stolen some of his … More »

Blueface, G Herbo, & The Sudden Resurgence Of The Offbeat Flow

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BluefaceDoes Blueface know how to rap? As in: Is he even capable of it? That’s been the question that’s followed the 22-year-old LA rapper since he started blowing up a couple of months ago. This isn’t a question of people not liking Blueface’s rap style, or wondering why younger generations of rap always stick with … More »