Sweeney’s out here killin’ ’em with these tracks off of his Classic Drug References Vol. 1 project. My bias is fully showing, but as soon as I saw the lineup, I was dying to get my hands on these Blu x Knxwledge tracks. There are two of them on there, and today we get one. The now defunct CDR website was one of those go-to spots to get that new Blu back then, so it’s only right that dude has repeat appearances on the project. Listen to the brief and jazzy Blu x Knx collab, “DRAGINBREFF.” If you pay attention to his words you’ll see that the verse is a few years old, but dude’s bars have always been timeless to me (and he’s in top form on this one). Check the previous leaks, then go cop the box set here. Get some words from Sweeney on the Blu x Knx collaboration, below.
I’ve known Knxwledge since before the x. I remember a young dreaded beat-maker working the graveyard shift of a dead-end job in Philly hitting me through his AIM app on his Sidekick. He does what he wants how he wants and on the low, he’s one of the nastiest cats on the beats.
Blu is as skilled as any rapper out today. I often think that folks en masse won’t fully appreciate what he contributes to the art of MCing till he’s through. I met him through an interview back in 2006. Fate and circumstance have crossed our paths several times since.
We were actually roommates for a small stretch of 2009. One day, inside a modest two-story home atop Mount Washitaw in Los Angeles, we were going through the few crate of records I owned. I pulled out the European bootleg to Bilal’s Love For Sale I bought at Poo Bah Records a few months prior.
“Daaamn, G! how much you want for this?”
I didn’t know what to answer. I loved that album too much to price it. Then a lightbulb went off, “I’ll trade you.”
“Trade me what?”
“A song. I’ll give you the record and you let me put out a song of yours.”
Blu laughed, gave me a pound and without a word took the record into his room downstairs next to the garage.