Interview: Blu - “Not Enough Words w/ ODU SHHO”
Blu was one funny ass man. We spoke on how it’s all about finest natural resources. Melting all the gold we owned into a golden egg, taking care of it, and bringing it to the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza just for the hell of it. Blu had me weak with that one. But I guess you just had to be there. All that aside, everyone has that one artist they say changed their life. For me, that one artist is Blu. In my opinion, he is one of the most prolific lyricists in L.A. the game. From Below The Heavens to NoYork! to Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them, and everything in between. Because of him, I became a true hip-hop fan. During his visit, I came to a conclusion that he runs on little to no sleep and could probably eat a Cook-Out Tray for a meal everyday. He fit in just perfectly at ODU.
I actually have two scripts written to two albums, one for NoYork! When I signed the deal to Warner, I signed the deal to release a film per album. So I thought that was pretty ground breaking. I had a very beautiful contract you know what I’m sayin’. But due to a lot of mishaps at Warner Bros, from them like firing the staff, artists getting dropped, and them actually being bought out it was just like, you know, tough to get back into that hot seat that I had. And then Kanye dropped his album, while I was working on mine, with a film. That shit crushed me. And then he followed up his next album with a film that was only premiered at Cannes, so I felt like my idea was just gone right there you know. But I definitely want to step back into the game, I doubt I’ll be doing the film for NoYork!, you know what I’m sayin’. But it was a great film. Like it meant to me just as much as the album meant to me. But to actually have the album come out I’m still extremely grateful for, instead of both of them being shelved. That would have been devastating to me as a person.
There’s so much music going out, that with these new journalists, they’re doing like five reviews a day. They’re not giving the record time, unless it was like exactly what they were looking for. Some things have to grow on you. One of my top five albums of all time is Like Water for Chocolate, and when I bought it, I slept on the album for like a good two weeks before I just like, soaked it up. And after that it took me another two months to realize how great of a record it was at the time being. So I appreciate some writers, some writers are talented, but with the blogs it’s just a little different. I can appreciate those who appreciate, and those who don’t I can appreciate their taste if they know what they’re talking about. You know what I’m sayin’? But the blogs, there’s just too much going on for me to really value their opinion until they put more time in that field.
I would like to go to Egypt, I would like to go to Israel, I would like to go to Japan. Those are probably the places I haven’t been that I would like to go. Israel is the Holy Land, I would definitely like to go deeper into Saudi Arabia, possibly Mecca, Medina. Mt Zion and shit, you know what I’m sayin’? Cedars of Lebanon, Lebanon you know, I gotta study that. Egypt, I wanna check out the Nile, the birth of civilization. And then Japan, cause Japan is just like a big circuit. That’s like the electronic New York and shit, I definitely wanna go out there and get drowned in the lights and life.
Quality is defined by preference, you know what I’m sayin’? It’s made with care, it’s created with care, but it’s more defined by preference. But it’s most times created with patience.
Form of Expression:
Music on Cassette: I had Give Me My Flowers on cassette, the instrumentals, I had a few songs on cassette compilations, a Christmas compilation had a song of mine on it with me and Planet Asia and Tri-State, and another compilation featured one of my songs on cassette. I would like to get into cassette because it’s coming back, you know what I mean? Just for the people who love cassette. Vinyl: when I started I was a MySpace artist, doing music for free. But my biggest dream then was to have a record. Not even like a CD made, like I pressed CD’s on my own and shit, but I always wanted to step into that vinyl game. I had like a love for that. I was collecting a lot of vinyl at the time, and now it’s funny that my biggest market from my sales is my vinyl. Not even like digital or CD’s, I sell more vinyl than anything. I make a lot of my music for vinyl, with vinyl in mind. And I think that the vinyl lovers, we have a connection there with the taste, you know what I’m sayin’? It’s like a cassette, when people were making albums on tape, it was to listen to it straight through, not to be skipped. It’s that same way with vinyl, you don’t like press up a vinyl and get up every time a song ends to find like the eighth groove, you know what I mean? You listen to the whole record. So like in creating records, I always have that in mind, to just give the feel good play all the way through.
I almost feel accomplished, so that’s pretty tough. I feel like, this record with Bombay, I’m so confident in it, I would like it to be my last album. But, I think I’ll do one more record after this, you know what I mean. After that I don’t know how deeply I’ll get into music. People have been coming up to me recently a lot for my production. Like it’d been slept on for a while, or they thought I would keep doing it. Those beats are all old, I made beats for like three years, so any beats people have heard have been between like ’06 and ’09. My boy just released a song from a beat I did in like ’09, it was my boy Playa Haze, he did a song called Mood Rings. It’s pretty crazy, it’s kinda tight. It’s that steez though, some beats just don’t die. You know I was just with Nottz, he said he made the Oompla-Loompla Busta Rhymes beat like seven years ago or some shit. And them shit’s is like still bangin’. I could get one of those beats, and it’d be like one of my biggest beats in my career.
With Alchemist, we think we’ll release a single of what we’ve done so far. A maxi single or maybe a small EP. We wanted to do an album, but for a lot of personal reasons, I think I’m gonna back outta music for a little while. But yea, there’s definitely a lot of shit, like me and Nottz, we’re like, ‘Let’s do a full album.’ But then I’m like I can’t do an album. Alchemist is like, ‘Let’s do an album.’ But I can’t do an album, you know what I mean. There’s heads out there that I would like to [work with], but I’m not at that full place to give a lot of my fire too. This record with Bombay, I dropped a lot of heat on it, so I’m very confident in it. But as far as jumping into something else right away, I’d rather pull like a Voodoo and take like five years off or so, before I release anything.
Spirituality & Values:
You find that balance, by finding a value in everything, finding a value in materials. By finding a value in a lot of things and not just your spirit, but what other people put their spirit into. Some of those materials could be gifts that other people created for you; you know what I’m sayin? So it’s an appreciation for creation, in a sense and that also builds the spirit. ‘Believing in God is treating all of creation as sacred’, that’s very visible, you know what I mean, and almost so relevant that it’s tangible. That’s huge knowledge, that’s a huge common knowledge, that many men can hear and just automatically identify themselves with. Hell yeah, I accept that. That’s a good piece to put into the foundation.
BY GLEN & CHARLIE
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