John Blu

John Blu makes contemporary R&B records for clubs, the streets, and bedrooms. A native of Bellwood, Illinois, a suburb directly west of Chicago, the self-nicknamed "R&B bully" (full last name: Bluford) got into music as a youngster. He first played piano, then drums, prior to getting into production, writing, rapping, and eventually singing, entirely self-taught. Just into his teens, Blu made his recorded debut with Reverse Psychology, and followed it up a couple years later with Undiscovered. Signing with the independent label AAU primed him for a short-term deal with major-label Jive. Across 2010 and 2011, Blu placed the Jive-issued singles "In Love wit Yo Booty" and "Cologne" (the latter featuring Twista and Gucci Mane) on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Blu's third proper album, Sacrifice Before Success, was issued independently in 2017. During the years between full-lengths, Blu released non-album singles and racked up numerous guest appearances. ~ Andy Kellman

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