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Johnson Barnes (born April 15, 1983 in Inglewood, California), better known by the stage name Blu, is an American rapper signed to the independent Sound in Colour. In 2007 he released his debut album, Below the Heavens, which was produced entirely by Exile, one half of Emanon. Since then he has released two official mixtapes, collaborated with Mainframe under the name Johnson&Jonson, and formed the group C.R.A.C. Knuckles with Ta’raach.
Out of the legendary Project Blowed crew, Busdriver has carved a niche in underground hip-hop with unique performance and freestyle skills that combine elements of vocal jazz, theatrics, spoken-word, and machine precision with witty and incisive free association lyrics. A frequent collaborator with many of Los Angeles’ hip-hop elite, Busdriver has worked with Danger Mouse, Boom Bip, DJ Nobody, Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, Mikah-9, 2Mex, Xololanxinxo, Fat Jack, Daddy Kev, and Omid. His earlier work for Celestial and Big Dada, including his debut full-length, Temporary Forever, and his current work on Anti-/Epitaph, have received glowing praise in The Wire, Rolling Stone, Spin, Village Voice, and XLR8R among many others, as well as touring slots with Deerhoof, Islands, Rjd2, El-P, Dizzee Rascal, and more, and slots at festivals from Coachella to Sydney to Rennes’ Transmucales and one-offs in every burg between.
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