Talking about elements, Earth represents grounding, the foundation of life, substance, and family roots, and Water represents emotion, intuition, and inner reflection.

Those are all characteristics that could be used to describe this long-anticipated collaborative album: self-reflective rhymes by L.A. emcee Blu, over beats by the D.C. native who’s known for being grounded in traditional hip-hop roots, while adding his very own substance and depth to beatmaking.

With that being said, the title Ground & Water is a metaphor to beats and rhymes. “Like all my releases, most of which are instrumental, I wanted the music to tell a story,” says Damu The Fudgemunk about the album. “With Blu being the voice, he set the tone for us both to bring this to life. (…) When you listen to the lyrics and digest the subject matter, there’s a lot of depth in his words. I wanted to provide a similar depth in the music.” Blu adds: “When a listener is done listening to this record, I want them to feel hip-hop is still alive in its purest form.”

Listen to Ground & Water below, including a link to get a limited edition colored vinyl record via Redefinition Records. Alternatively, listen to the album in full on other streaming platforms.

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