"I definitely wanted the respect from [Below the Heavens]," he continued. "I just wanted people to hear me, and cats wonder who I am. And it did that plus more. Now I'm looking to step it up for the people."
In the year that followed, Blu fully indulged his "raw MC-type shit" with The Piece Talks and Johnson&Jonson. If neither album approaches Below the Heavens' spiky brilliance, they at least confirmed that Blu's lyrical talent was undeniable. Now he's on the cusp of entering the heaven of mainstream rap world and an uncertain future.
With U-N-I, Richie Cunning, and Fashawn
Tues/9, 9 p.m., $12<\d>$14
628 Divisadero, SF