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Birth Name: Johnson Barnes
Birth Place: San Pedro, California
Years Active: 2004-present
Genres: Underground Hip Hop

Blu (born Johnson Barnes, April 15, 1983) is an American West Coast rapper and producer fromLos Angeles, California. Raised by his mother and stepfather who was a pastor, Barnes was highly influenced by gospel and Christian rap when he was growing up. However, Barnes' was also influenced by gangsta rap that he received from his father, contributing to his delivery of conscious yet raw lyrics. In his early days in the music business, Johnson worked as a hype man for underground rap and soul artists such as Slum Village, Steve Spacek, Platinum Pied Pipers, and Emanon. Some of the earliest tracks by Blu can be found on the 2003 EP, “Bruise Brothers,” done with fellow L.A. rapper Blacc also... Continue Bio >>

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