In The Lab: Blu on the Making of Good To Be Home

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

It’s no secret—Blu’s got bars. Those who have been following his career since before he graced the XXL Freshmen cover in 2009 alongside cats like Curren$y and Kid Cudi already know that, though. But Blu’s capabilities go above and beyond cypher skills. The guy knows how to make a dope project. His 2007 LP with Exile Below the Heavens is widely considered an underground classic, and for good reason. And there’s a long trail of other outstanding releases (his discography is too deep to highlight honestly, and he’s done some ill guest spots too with everyone from The Roots to Roc Marciano) leading us to his upcoming double album Good To Be Home, which is due out May 20th. Produced entirely by frequent collaborator Bombay and with features by Prodigy, Alchemist, Evidence, Fashawn, Casey Veggies, Imani of The Pharcyde, and more, this latest effort is Blu’s ode to California, the coast he calls home. And if his lowrider-ready first single “The West” is any indication of what we can expect from the double LP, we’re in for a soulful, sunny, and straight-up special listening experience.

For our latest In The Lab, Blu—who’s been in Paris working on something that’s still under wraps—found some downtime to shoot us an e-kite and take us behind the scenes of Good to Be Home, giving us a few insights into what his studio life was like while he was putting together the double album. And he dropped a couple bonus tidbits for the series, too. Vibe out with Blu below.

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Blu ft. Arima Ederra – Summer Time (Prod. by Bombay)

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Good To Be Home coming soon.

Previously: Blu – Vanity (Video)

Blu – Dre Day (Prod. by Bombay)

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Second leak off Blu and producer Bombay’s joint project Good To Be Home.

Props: 2DB

Previously: Blu & Exile – Ease Your Mind (Video)