Blu isn’t one to mince words on record. The Los Angeles-based emcee is as quick-witted as he is ruthless on the mic, which he’s proven time and time again solo (Her Favorite Color) and with others (last year’s Madlib/MED collab Bad Neighbor). He and Virginia-based producer Nottz put out a potent project called Gods In The Spirit back in 2013 and the followup Titans In The Flesh is all the proof you need that these two are one of rap’s best duos.
“Titan in the flesh means being bigger than you are, bigger than human,” Blu told WatchLOUD. The thumping intro track “The Truth” is a testament to that, with Blu’s bars towing the line between introspective and proclamation. “The inspiration for “The Truth” came directly from mythology,” he continued. “When I was writing it, I made sure to put enough imaginative narrative in it so I could reflect what goes on in mythology. It is the truth and it isn’t the truth.”
Blu explains his ties to Los Angeles, science and religion, and how a trip to Africa changed his perspective in the latest installment of “Verse Behavior.” Peep below.
A black man said his name was Apollo Creed
born as a novel seed in a land of a thousand kings
My third eye forever open living out my dreams
Climbing down the mountain to drink water from up out a stream
No taps in my system, my landline clean
My bloodline reconnected under my family tree
Was it a atom or Adam? science or religion?
was it the spirt in man, or molecules in him?
Beer in my hand til I can’t stand
the system I walk through ghetto alleys
Like the Titans through the valley
Turning wisdom to a tooth in my mouth
And spit the Judas out.
Producing songs like farms to put my music out.
Fruits of my labor, vegetables and turntables
Blending day with the night watching the light crossfade you
The future bit the computer before it chopped up the snake
Cuz they say Apple a day keeps the doc away