Hip hop duo Blu & Exile have released “Roots of Blue,” another single from their forthcoming album, Miles: From an Interlude Called Life.
On the nearly ten-minute song, Blu and guest Jacinto Rhimes look deep into their history, referencing Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, civil rights activist Rosa Parks and everyone between. “Al Sharpton, Fred Hampton, Oprah Winfrey / Barack Obama, Assata Shakur, 2Pac Shakur, Biggie / And everyone else creating black history / That lives with me everyday, until I’m gone,” Blue spits.
“‘Roots of Blue’ is one of the strongest songs on the album,” Blu said in a statement. “On this song we took it back, all the way back. Back to the very first people who have walked this earth that have influenced my walk on this earth. Everyone except my immediate family. This song is my own personal family tree.”
Blu & Exile announced Miles: From an Interlude Called Life in May with the release of “Miles Davis.” It will be the pair’s first album in eight years, following 2012’s Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them. Last year, they released the EP True & Livin’.
“We planted the seeds of creativity and grew about 40 plants,” Exile said of the upcoming record on Bandcamp. “We picked the ones that we thought were the best for an album, but that didn’t mean that the other flowers weren’t beautiful.”
The 20-track record is set to feature appearances from Miguel, Ishe, Choosey, Jimetta Rose, Iman Omari, Aloe Blacc, Fashawn and more. Miles: From an Interlude Called Life arrives on July 17.
Stream “Roots of Blue” below: