Below the Heavens

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Below the Heavens
Studio album by Blu & Exile
Released July 17, 2007 (2007-07-17)
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre Hip Hop
Length 65:55
Label Sound in Color
Producer Exile
Blu & Exile chronology
Below the Heavens
(2007)
Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllHipHop 8/10 stars link
HipHopDX 4/5 stars link
TheMovieBar 5/5 stars link
HipHopLinguistics 5/5 stars link
RapReviews (8/10) link
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars link

Below the Heavens is the first collaborative studio album by American rapper Blu and hip hop producer Exile, who are also referred to as Blu & Exile, released July 17, 2007 on independent record label Sound in Color. It serves as Blu's debut album, while Exile had previously released his solo album Dirty Science and two albums as a member of the duo Emanon.

Blu provides rap vocals on all of the album's songs, while Exile produces all of the songs and raps just on the bonus track "I Am..". In addition, the album features guest performers Ta'Raach, Aloe Blacc, Miguel and Joseph. The album received universal acclaim from critics and is widely considered an underground classic, many labeled Blu a "rising star" due to the album.

Below The Heavens has been reissued twice since going out of print in 2009. In 2011, the album was reissued on Vinyl Call Records.[1] On January 21, 2014, the album was reissued on Fat Beats Records on compact disc with three bonus tracks, limited edition cassette with one bonus track and vinyl with a 7 inch vinyl with two unreleased instrumentals.[2][3][4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by Exile

No. Title Length
1. "My World Is.."   3:40
2. "The Narrow Path"   5:09
3. "So(ul) Amazin' (Steel Blazin')"   4:38
4. "Juicen' Dranks" (feat. Ta'Raach) 3:44
5. "In Remembrance of Me"   4:03
6. "Blu Colla Workers"   4:30
7. "Dancing in the Rain"   4:25
8. "First Things First" (feat. Miguel) 3:50
9. "No Greater Love"   4:14
10. "Show Me the Good Life" (feat. Aloe Blacc) 5:23
11. "Simply Amazin'"   3:29
12. "Cold Hearted" (feat. Miguel) 3:12
13. "The World Is ... (Below the Heavens)"   4:26
14. "You Are Now in the Clouds With ... (The Koochie Monstas')" (feat. Miguel) 3:49
15. "I Am"   7:26

Sample credits[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Blu - vocals, writer
  • Exile - producer, scratches
  • DJ Romes - mixing
  • Kelly Hibbert - mastering
  • Louis Yakich - executive producer, A&R
  • Chanshine Nagangzang - executive producer
  • Diego Carlin - executive producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blu & Exile - Below The Heavens". studio album. ughh.com. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  2. ^ "Blu & Exile - Below The Heavens (2xLP + Bonus 7" w/2 Unreleased Instrumentals)". studio album. fatbeats.com. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Blu & Exile - Below The Heavens (Ltd. Edition Cassette + Bonus Track)". studio album. fatbeats.com. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Blu & Exile - Below The Heavens (CD + 3 Bonus Tracks)". studio album. fatbeats.com. Retrieved 2014-01-21.