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End Of The Beginning


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 24 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Definitive Jux
  • ASIN: B00007LTIY
  • Other Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You and I
2. Dibbs Did This Shit (Interlude)
3. I Know
4. The Scuffle
5. Last Night
6. Transitions of a Rider
7. Happy Pills featuring Aesop Rock
8. Risky Business featuring Shock G and Humpty Hump
9. The Dance featuring EL-P
10. Gods Work
11. Def Cover
12. Please Leave
13. Sore Losers
14. B.T.S.
15. 18 w/a Bullet Remix
16. Brotherly Love
17. Got Damned?
18. Done Deal featuring 3MG

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Before recording The End of the Beginning, Left Coast hip-hop don Murs spent most of his decade-long career travelling the underground, making tapes and throwing jams worldwide. Now he has found the time to commit to wax and the results are impressive. Choosing El-P's super-dope Def Jux imprint as his outlet, Murs brings his own distinctive brand of emceeing, which he has dubbed "Sitcom Rap".

The album is an adventurous and entertaining mix of humorous storytelling and braggadocio-fuelled bangers that's underpinned by beatwork from El-P, Shock G, Ant, Sunspot Jonz and more and enhanced by guest MC spots from Humpty Hump (yep, the one from Digital Underground) and Aesop Rock. A heady, lyrical cocktail full of drugs ("Happy Pills"), irresponsibility, materialism, wisdom, skating ("Transitions of a Rider") and plenty of humour, this is a tight debut and a solid profile of an already respected underground talent. --Paul Sullivan

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Not since the late great Tupac Shakur has an mc from the west coast captivate the cali scene, albeit the underground scene. Murs, a member from the Living Legends group, is what the west coast needs and on The End Of The Beginning, he solidifies that. With production from El-P, Shock G of Digital Underground, Ant of Atmosphere, Blockhead and appearances from Aesop Rock, Murs rips through 18 tracks with his Biggie/Ice Cube flow and rips through awesome beats. On "The Scuffle" and "The Night Before" paints a picture and brings a story into the mind of the listener. On "Transitionz Az A Ridah" creatively inverts 2Pac's "Ambitionz Az A Ridah" into an ode to skating. Murs rips apart Shock G's dark and grimey beat on "Risky Business", Shock G transforms into the humorous Humpty Hump and delivers hilarious verses. The best track in my opinion is the El-P produced "The Dance", where Murs flows perfectly over a quick synth type beat. Murs goes double time on this classic track. There are many more tracks to check out, but i'll leave that up to you to check out. If you're becoming a fan of the Definitive Jux label that Murs is on, I suggest you pick The End Of The Beginning.
Best Tracks-The Dance, Happy Pillz, You And I, Risky Business, Transitionz Az A Ridah, etc etc, you get the point
Worst Tracks-None
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You might've seen the print advertisements with Murs talking to some riot grrls about not returning the borrowed porn and comic books. It was pretty funny. What was also in the ad was a laundry list of producers who worked on the album.
Even if you aren't won over by Murs' vocal abilities (perhaps because you didn't listen to "The Dance" enough times), this album works as a compilation of underground hip hop producers. There's of course Jukies El-P, Rjd2 and Blockhead. Underground superstars Ant and Mr Dibbs also contribute tracks, plus some people that are new to me.
Murs shows that he has no plans to rest on his laurels. His verses are overflowing with personality and lyrical agility. The subjects of his songs vary greatly, telling compelling stories. In one song, he talks about the personal satisfaction from learning how to do skateboard tricks. It was the most convincing testimonial I've ever heard in favor of skateboarding. Other songs have stories about friends who overstay their welcome, being irresponsible with money, etc.
Murs makes sure to mention that this is not supposed to be his masterpiece. He instead wishes to be a prolific artist putting out consistently enjoyable music. This certainly isn't another "Fantastic Damage". This is a skilled MC with something to say and a team of producers with music for him to say it over.
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Murs presents another album filled with his cool, down to earth flows. He's not very special but very good at what he does. Writing rhymes most people can relate to (god's work, transitions as a ridah) to evil battle rhymes (the dance, the scuffle). His voice is good and gives it a typical feel. And he manages being down to earth without succumbing to the whole emo-kid rap thing that's goin on these days and keep it funny and keep you listening.
The beats are mostly good, and feature a broad line up of producers, some from the living legends camp. Oh No (madlib's bro) does two excellent tracks, el-p does two (which make really ill songs but otherwise don't fit in the record too well) and other noteworthies are: ant (atmosphere) and mums the word. This impressive line-up makes for a varied album, with each song having a different feel and topic or concept. If you're looking for quality enjoyable straight up hiphop entertainment. peep this
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By Bijan Shamloo on Jan. 30 2004
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This album is the most refreshing rap album that has come out in a long time. Murs comes at the listener not as a hard ass rapper, but as a normal person. That's what pulls this album over the edge, to have one song on almost getting shot on your block after playing NFL2K and another song about buying Star Wars figurines with nerd white boys. Murs is a nerd who raps and does all the things that everyone else does, including work, and is not afraid to admit it. How in the hell do you have a song about work and pull it off so gracefully. The beats on the album are all good and the guest MC's are great. Buy this album even if, like me, this is your first Murs album.
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Ive been a fan of Murs and his boys for a while and through time this man just keeps gettin better. I was soo hyped when I saw that Murs came out with a new album I ran to the local album shop and copped it real quick. I have been lettin the album spin non stop since I bought it, this is a must get for any underground hip hop fans out there and even if you arent into the underground you should definatly give some thought to buyin this album it is nice. Also fans of underground and Murs should check out the NEW ZION I cd is off the hook also peep Murs group website...
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By deus ex mecca on Jan. 9 2004
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i like murs, that's possibly all you need to know. he tells stories that would make (r.i.p. God rest his soul) biggie smalls turn and roll over in his grave. he is ill beyond recognition. i think mother goose and aesop fables are jealous. he tells some crazy gangster stories...not gangsta, gangster...yes lady and gentlemen, be in awe....HE'S LITERATE! HE'S CONCIOUS...HE THINKS!!!! and he'll put you through a almost 60 minute ride through his head. murs...the underground thug.
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