poolboi blu can’t be stopped… he’s dropping singles, he’s doing live mixes, he’s doing nearly daily Twitch streams, he’s producing tracks for others, and more than likely, he’s working on yet another solo project. With all of this going on, one wouldn’t blame him if other ventures fell to the wayside, and yet, here he is dropping sincere (volume 018), the latest entry in the longstanding s i n c e r e R A D I O series. Dig this power-packed playlist of nearly 80 minutes of bangers :
Y’all already know what to do… run the numbers up on this mix, be it on Soundcloud or Mixcloud! Leave comments and likes! And, most important of all, share the mix around so that others can do the same!
As a longtime friend and fan of poolboi blu, I’ve enjoyed seeing his growth as a songwriter, recording artist and performer, but I’d be lying to you if I didn’t admit that the foundation of my fandom is his production. My earliest exposure to his work (outside of the stellar and slept on cloudy w/ a chance, which he sang on and produced) were his beat tapes like potpourri., fine dining… & breathing. and Chocolat, but as he bridged over into the aforementioned cloudy era that transitioned into ANTSY, DIXIE and MASON (not to mention Rain of the Squids and a recent single run), I was preparing for poolboi blu to go full evolution into his version of a traditional recording artist. jubilee showed me he hadn’t lost his production chops, but the recent 318! drop is a remind to me (and everyone else) that poolboi blu is still dropping bangers that will work in your club and party mixes. Enough with my impromptu history lesson though… go check the single, run the numbers up, comment on the track for maximum engagement and share it around just because!
It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of DotdotDotdotDotdot for quite a while now… at least through two or three name adjustments. One thing that has not adjusted or wavered, however, is his undying dedication to lacing strong production with even stronger lyrics. After putting out the monumentally impressive From Russia With Drugs roughly one month ago, my man is back at it again with D(dot)ed Ass, an EP based around a concept that is not a concept album. The project is told through the eyes and experience of D(dot)ed Wood, a reaper who hangs out around corner stores selling borrowed time to those already taking it for granted. If nothing else, check out the project for Dirk, which contains one of my new favorite DotdotDotdotDotdot verses to date. With guest appearances from Cease and 3ZoneS, plus production by the homie poolboi blu, beautiful lou and more, don’t sleep on this brief little slice of wonderful.
When it comes to the homie poolboi blu these days, I don’t know whether to holler at all of our collective friends and schedule a party or an intervention. Work ethic has never been a question, but very similar to the Kydd Jones situation I mentioned yesterday, poolboi continues to put out high quality work at a pretty impressive and slightly alarming volume, to the point where I’m wondering when cats sleep. After putting a rush job on following up the ultra-mellow sincere (volume 015) with the banger-filled sincere (volume 016), poolboi dropped a very timely single titled pandemic p hours after the Los Angeles Clippers managed to make the first Western Conference Finals in team history. poolboi blu isn’t playing around with these dual releases, so go give them the like and comment treatment, and share them around so others can do the same!
If most artists had dropped an album within the last two months and another addition to an ongoing mixtape series in the last two weeks, they’d be content with the level of output they achieved, but then, poolboi blu isn’t most artists. I know the homie is always working on something, so it comes as no surprise that poolboi blu had Designer Only waiting in the wings, a new single breaking down his penchant for dressing fly and getting lifted. As always, I continue to stay impressed with each release and the growth that is shown, and this time around it’s clear that poolboi blu‘s confidence is pretty much right where it needs to be to succeed in a game full of fly-by-night acts. I shouldn’t even have to sell folks on poolboi blu anymore… it should be automatic at this point that whenever you see him drop, you purchase, download, stream and all that good stuff.
A lot of us had momentum going in different areas prior to the sudden and shocking pandemic-based shutdown caused by COVID-19, and one of my favorite examples of this was poolboi blu‘s instantly classic mix series s i n c e r e R A D I O. You’d think that with the world shutdown, the series would continue (if not gain traction), but instead, poolboi blu seemingly turned his DJ focus towards Twitch streams in order to hold (and grow) his audience. Now that some version of normalcy seems to be making its way slowly into our collective lives, it makes since that poolboi blu would lace us with sincere (volume 015), an instrumental-heavy affair that showcases his growth as a DJ. Here’s a quick tracklist :
You already know the drill… check it out, leave likes and comments, and spread the mix around for everyone to enjoy.
The homie poolboi blu recently introduced me to Maikéru, a young and ambitious R&B performer (at the risk of minimalizing his talent) with an eccentric flair (at the risk of minimalizing his style). Maikéru definitely seemed down to Earth, but after meeting him, I started to notice clips of his popping up on the timeline. A week or so ago, poolboi blu let me know that he and Maikéru were stopping by the Austin-based Rooftop Takes to perform Maikéru‘s latest single Prada, a song about opposites attracting in the best ways possible. Check out the performance, leave a like and a comment if you dig it, share it around, and then seek out more music from poolboi blu and Maikéru.
With the possibility of COVID-19 taking a downturn stateside, a slow return to whatever will constitute the new normal could happen if people are responsible. With this scenario in mind, I’ve been spending my time thinking about the inevitable transition back into whatever the live music scene looks like moving forward, and I get curious about who’s been complacent versus who’s been working and staying ready to jump in the game once it’s on. Clearly, poolboi blu is hungry to get his momentum going again, and while he’s always in the studio, his recent appearance on Sound In Color Part 2 is proof that he’s stayed stage ready as well. In the span of about half an hour, poolboi covers old and new tracks from Jubilee, Rain of the Squids, Antsy and more, and thanks to the efforts of Andres Melo, Julio Figueroa, Evan Kof Seize the Means Productions and Abel Ibarra, the Dktr N9ne & Friends Present production of Sound In Color looks like a million bucks. Definitely check it out, give it all the like, comment, subscribe and notification bell action, and spread it around so your people can do the same.
The homie poolboi blu should’ve dropped this one back on Halloween, but I’d imagine that he sat on it due to COVID-19‘s impact on the world. That being said, 10.31.20(demo) is a pretty catchy track… the beat is a touch sinister and a touch trickster, and you can tell that poolboi blu is vibing on his vocal performance while clearly entertaining himself heavily. This one was a total surprise, but definitely a pleasant one… go check it out, leave a like and a comment if you’re feeling it, and share it around, especially this Halloween!
You can always count on quality from the homie poolboi blu, but he really and truly left it all on the table for listeners on jubilee, his newest release. Before you even hit play, the cover artwork by Tafari Diop takes you to an emotionally moving place (or at least it did for me), and this immediately took me back to a time of nostalgia when a powerful album cover was enough for me to invest my money in an album or tape, regardless of whether I’d heard it or not. When it comes to poolboi blu, as mentioned before, I knew it was going to be good, and it’s obvious that my man has spent his time during COVID-19 sharpening and expanding his skill set. Not only does this project continue his trend of providing a variety of soundscapes, but all of it bangs, and the sample choices used (in terms of vocal snippets) are money. If you can spare a few bucks, definitely cop this one asap, but regardless, share it around for everyone to enjoy!