Its got to be hard being Rhymefest. The guy writes “Jesus Walks” and Kanye gets all the love and acclaim. He signs with Mark Ronson and releases Blue Collar, a decent record memorable only because it managed to be one of Ronson’s rare failures. And now, Blu and Exile come out with the video for “Blue Collar Worker,” one of the finer songs off of the duo’s 2007 LP, Below the Heavens.
While it remains to be seen who will ultimately win the battle for the throne of “Mr. Blue Collar” (the winner receives a free steel lunchbox, a thermos of coffee, and a John Edwards ’08 bumper sticker), my money’s on Blu, if nothing else because his video features Angeleno landmarks like The Record Surplus, Pan-Pacific Park, and the Third Street Promenade. Of course, shopping for records, writing rhymes, and taking a girl shopping hardly seems “blue collar,” but I’m willing to give Blu a free pass on the strength of his liquid flow, soulful beats, and impressive afro. Personally, I can’t wait for his next single, “Two Americas.”
Blu and Exile “Below The Heavens” [YouTube]