in Inglewood, CA


John Barnes III (born April 15, 1983), better known by his stage name Blu, is an American West Coast rapper and recording artist from Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his group Blu & Exile and their debut album “Below The Heavens”. He is a forefront member of the California-based collective, Dirty Science. Blu is also co-CEO of New World Color, a label which he is releasing many of his projects through. He is recognized for his collaboration albums between him and various producers like Exile, Mainframe, Ta’Raach, Bombay, Madlib, Nottz, and Union Analogtronics. He has been featured on over 200 songs that have been officially released, and has lent his vocals over beats by production heavy weights such as Just Blaze, Pharrell, The Roots, Pete Rock, Megahertz, J Dilla, Alchemist, Nottz, The 45 King, Diamond D, Large Professor, Sa Ra Creative Partners, Flying Lotus, L’Orange and many others. He has collaborated on songs with KRS One, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Slum Village, Lupe Fiasco, Evidence, RBX, Planet Asia, Inspectah Deck, Homeboy Sandman, Asher Roth, Grouch & Eligh, Will I Am, Roc Marciano, Ras Kass, Jurassic 5, MC Eight, Kool Keith, Statik Selektah, Danny Brown, Black Milk, Masta Ace, SA-RA, Theophilous London, J*Davey, Anderson Paak, Miguel and many others. He has also performed about 300 plus shows and has independently spread his music internationally, with strong followings in places like London, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Toronto, Zurich, Melbourne, Moscow, South America and South Africa. ... (see more)