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9th Edition Explicit Lyrics

4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 23 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Outside Music
  • ASIN: B0001KL4ZY
  • Other Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Intro
2. Bad Man!
3. 3:16
4. The Pain
5. Trevor An' Them
6. Freak These Tales
7. H-U-S-T-L-E
8. Walk Like A Man
9. And This is For?
10. The Animal

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Seemingly one of the few rappers willing to take a commercial risk, Rapper 'Murs', heads into deeply personal and introspective territory with this most confessional of rap
albums. Harking back to the back template of just a rapper (Murs) & producer (the 9th wonder), they strip back on the flashy bravado and thug stories and produce a rap album more akin to introspective singer/songwriters.
Murs isn't looking to use this record to make amends for his life or the things he's done in his time, the stories here are of a gangsters daily life. but told from the perspective of an ordinary man/hustler, trying to make
sense of his way of life. Murs himself likens his personality more "Coldplay Than Ice-T".
And what follows is a (albeit Short), album of semi-interlinked
stories, told from the perspective of someone not completely at easy with his lifestyle.
Producer 'the 9th wonder', is something of a minor Revelation, by largely ignoring loud, beat heavy arrangements, and composing a series of tracks loosely based around samples of dusty classic soul and 70's funk.
(think 'Kayne west' style sampled arrangements). and its this production that adds to the subdued nature of the tracks. And gives the lyrics more substance & emotional attachment.
Those expecting the lyrics to have been 'watered down' due to the
introspective nature of the record, will be glad to hear that this is a harsh and unflinching collection of stories being relayed here. Murs doesn't shy away from looking at the material in a Cold, disinchanted and uncompromising
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I'd never heard of Murs before I bought this album, but I copped it when I found out that 9th Wonder did the beats. I'm glad I copped it. This is easily one of the best releases of 2004 so far. Murs definitely has skills and great storytelling ability. On tracks like "Walk Like A Man", you feel as if you're standing right there with him when his best friend gets shot while on comical tracks like "Trevor An' Them" you're on the edge of your seat as he explains how one of his not-so-bright homies got him involved in a convenience store robbery. As far as production goes, I've heard better from 9th, but don't take that the wrong way because this is still a dope album as far as beats go. The strongest beats on the album come on tracks like "Walk Like A Man", "3:16", "Animal", Bad Man, and "H-U-S-T-L-E". The subject matter ranges from rejection by the opposite sex, sexual adventures, and revenge, which are all familiar topics, but Murs has a way of kicking these tales with a style that keeps them from coming off as stagnant or stale. Tracks like "Animal" and "3:16" show off his rhyming skills though they also show some glaring shortcomings. On "Animal" Phonte from Little Brother seems to leave Murs in the dust as far as skills are concerned, but he does manage to hold his own (think Em & Jay on "Renegade", but on a smaller scale). On "And This Is For...", Murs talks about how white rappers and their fans treat rap as some spur of the moment novelty and how rap will eventually take the same route as rock and be assimilated by white people (hell, they assimilate everything else). Listen to the song for more insight on the topic, he makes a lot of good points. My only beef with this album is that it's only 35 minutes long.Read more ›
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This has been my personal first time hearing of Murs but I have been a avid follower of 9th Wonder and Little Brother. Murs lyrically held his own on this LP. He doesn't offer up mind-bending metaphors but the brother definitely has flow. As far as subject matter, songs like "Bad Man" and "Pain" talk of rejection and the difficulty of finding the right woman instead the typical male bravado that is all too common in the mainstream industry. As far as just straight spitting, "3:16" and "Animal" are perfect. On "Animal" Phonte from Little Brother rips it. The track itself sounds like a bonus track from "The Listening". On "Walk Like A Man" Murs goes into the storytelling of his friend being killed in front of him and him getting his remorseful revenge. Subject matter aside, 9th changes beats after every verse to fit the affect of Murs' verses. "And This Is For...", Murs speaks of white rappers, white fans that take Hip-Hop and black music as a trend. Not a new subject, but Murs gets his point across without sounding "whiney" (see Benzino). Overall, ths album is a definite buy for those that appreciate Hip-Hop with a pulse.
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Format: Audio CD
Don't get me wrong, I think 9th wonder is the best thing to come to the production scene in a long time, but I personally believe he's produced better. If you've ever gotten your hands on any of the stuff that he's produced for his Justus League cronies, then you might understand where I'm coming from. I originally picked up this album for the production aspect of things, cause I fell in love with 9th's work on Little Brother's "The Listening", and after getting my hands on "God's Stepson" and some other work he did for Justus League, I couldn't deny the man had talent for sampling a track and making the most of it. I had never heard of Murs before though, but I decided to give him a try, figured it had to be good with all the hype surrounding it. Out of all ten tracks, I could easily say that I feel 5 of them are solid efforts; "3:16", "The Pain", "Freak These Tales", "Walk Like A Man", and "The Animal". The other tracks, minus the intro, don't really do anything for me lyrically or production wise. Don't get me wrong, Murs can tell a good story, but I feel lyrically he lacks that hunger that's found in other MC's, which I think is quite plainly revealed as he shares the last track with Phonte of Little Brother. Phonte rips through this song but Murs just doesn't seem to hold it down when it comes to a battle track. I read a review earlier where somebody commented on how 9th changed up the beat in "Walk Like A Man" and thought this was something mind blowing, but for 9th this is nothing new. On Cesar Comanche's sophomore effort "Paper Gods" (another Justus League affiliate) he does the same thing on a track there as well, and I think the results were slightly better.Read more ›
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