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MED/Blu/Madlib - "Knock Knock" ft. MF DOOM (Video)

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LA hip hop triumvirate MED, Blu, and Madlib is set to release a full-length collaboration called Bad Neighbor on October 30 via MED's Bang Ya Head imprint. In the above animated clip, featured emcee DOOM enjoys a balanced breakfast - a bowl of "Madlib's Raw Shit" brand cereal with melk and a can of Bitches Brew. Aloe Blacc, Phonte, Hodgy Beats, and Anderson .Paak have also been named as guests. Get hyped for this one!

Blu - "The Return"

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West Coast rapper Blu seems to have fully recovered from the label drama that surrounded his last commercial release, No York. It's no secret that his output has been a little rocky since then, but he seems to be back in full form on this new track from his forthcoming double album, "The Return."

Lyrically, this song is a bit of a trip down memory lane for Blu, talking about his come-up, and the surroundings he grew up in. I love the fat, compressed, chunky production on this track, too. It's got kind of a weird, psychedelic quality to it that I like. I feel like I'm listening to this track on a really old cassette or something. The string and horn samples come through really nicely, too. The singing toward the back-end of this track is pretty wonderful, too.

Again, this track is gonna be one of many on a double album titled Good To Be Home. I'm expecting an immense amount of ambition on this one. I mean, it's a double album, right?!?! Enjoy!

Look for it on May 19th via Nature Sounds.

Blu - "Vex'd" Prod. Lee Bannon

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With some colorful production from up-and-coming producer Lee Bannon, West Coast rapper Blu has a new track out titled "Vex'd," which is easily one of the most driven tracks that I've heard from the guy since the botched release of 2011's No York--recently, the album did get a proper release on Nature Sounds, though. On top of it, this track is pretty much a rework of one of the tracks from that album.

Blu's verbiage is still feeling pretty abstract, esoteric, and disjointed via his newfound approach to spitting bars. There's loads of zany vocal snippets and effects littered all over the track as well. Say what you will about Blu, but Bannon continues to step his game up and show some real versatility in his beats.

Check a review of the latest Blu & Exile collab album below:

Blu & Exile- "A Man"

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It's been about five years since California natives Blu & Exile teamed up and released the modern hip hop classic Below the Heavens. They'll be putting out another album later this year, and it's an LP I believe leaked onto Bandcamp for a short while last year, but the final version set to drop in September will have a more finished feel to it--you see, the leaked version was pretty lo-fi, and allegedly unmastered.

Blu & Exile are building up the buzz for their next collab with a new EP of tracks, which the track streaming above comes from. The EP's title: Maybe One Day. It's out now via Dirty Science / Fat Beats. Blu's lyrics on this thing are pretty sharp, targeting some potent emotions. Exile's production serves as a perfect bed for the sentiments behind the verses, too.