Common is one of the most influential rapper of our time, he uses clever word play, and world wide issues on jazzy hip hop beats. Now most people would say he's one of a kind, which is true in a sense, but in California there's a new artist named Blu(GodleeBarnes) who has shown many people that Common isn't the only one who can use the worlds constant problems as slick, laid back, raps. Blu has emerged as one of the best freshmen in 2009, and already has 2 albums out, "Below the Heavens" and Powders and Oils". He also has a few mixtapes out: most notebly Soul Amazing pts. 1, 2, and 3, and Her Favorite Colour. Links for all of these mixtapes are at the bottom.