Johnson Barnes also known as Blu, is a real lyricist in the game. He talks about various aspects of life and really shares his perspective with the world. He’s originally from LA but his style is different from the gangster rap that’s normally associated with the region. He doesn’t campaign against it but embraces hip hop culture, the good and the bad, unlike a lot of rappers going for a similar vibe. He tells you how it is, how he wants it to be and where things are going. Delivering a real masterpiece every time, from his early work to now he’s shined on the lyrical content of every album and mix-tape. Working with some big producers such as the likes of Exile, they’re also good friends who seem to enjoy working together. Their outstanding compilation hit the streets and radio waves in 2007 and the debut album embraced much love from the fans and critics when he was crowned Hip Hop DX’s rookie of the year. His new found success only drove him to greater things such as the creation of newer material and the establishment of his name in the underground. His conscious rap style is one in a million and definitely worth listening to as his geeky yet hood personas really give him an individualistic appearance. This guy is definitely someone to listen to and appreciate. He deserves more recognition for his music, but I guess that’s how he likes it. He seems like an underground artist that would rather get love from a dedicated audience who actually listen to the lyricism thoroughly. He puts out on the record what few others do, and he utilises his life experiences to make his content specifically unique.
This tune called Polaris, featuring Blu just gives you an idea of what type of style he goes for. The track is by ANTHM who is someone that shares the concious style of Blu. Although unique with his bars they still relate well together and totally murder the beat. This is but one of Blu's collaborations with up and coming artists and big underground stars.
Article By Bilal Maroc