Saturday, February 19, 2011

EP Review: Blu - Amnesia

In the lead up to the long awaited release of Blu's No York album, we the fans were given something to hold us over in the form of the Amnesia EP. EP might be a bit of a stretch though with the release containing three tracks on which Blu raps over (one of which is only around a minute and a half long) and an instrumental. Brevity aside, this release should please the average Blu fan.

Blu handles the production himself and proves he's more than up to the task. Vocal samples feature prominently on every beat and the mood ranges from the laid-back 'Amnesia' to the more hard hitting 'Since', reminiscent of Exile's 'The World Is...'. On the mic Blu comes with a more scattered, 'poetic' style of self-analysis mixed with reflections on relationships and women.
'Patience grown thin, home sick and haven't been home since
Fuck a rapper, I'm an actor in a film called:
"Leave me the fuck alone until I find a real job"
Busting chrome grills off at these soft hearted breakbeats bouncing with 808's and gray ink
Blue heart, red skies, true art died in the heart of my mind
Kept trying to fulfill this, blank scribbled realness, even if it kills this
Poet inside'
Blu utilises a more softly spoken delivery on the EP, preferring to blend in with the beat rather than stand out from it. Because of this it can take a second before you realise that his technical skills are as sharp as ever with the lack of emphasis in Blu's voice disguising the alliterations and rhyme patterns intertwined throughout his verses.

Rating: 82/100

Further Listening: Blu's Debut album with Exile, Below The Heavens, is a classic and a must listen.



  1. Finnish music paper gave this 5/5, so I'm going to buy it next week.

  2. Haven't heard this yet, but Below the Heavens is a classic. I listen to that album constantly. Will check this one out.