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End Of The Beginning

Murs Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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

Product Description


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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5.0 out of 5 stars End of the Beginning July 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
In a time where rap is all about being serious and hardcore, Murs is one of the few who can actually write a funny rap song. He picks a random topic and makes into a verse, hes usually making fun of himself or something everybody does. The best thing about his raps are that everybody can relate to him and what hes talking about. This is a great release and definitely worth picking up if your new to Murs. If you like it, Murs 3:16 is also good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars murs end/beginning June 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
you are looking for it on amazon so you know something. it is a quality disc. you wont be disappointed, i wasnt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Undaground March 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
Murs plays his words at his very best. This album changes all my aspects towards hip-hop. He is the real thing and this proves it. The stand-out track is The Dance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars March 16 2004
By noggles
Format:Audio CD
3 stars does not mean its a bad cd i just dont think this is worthy of 4 or 5 stars. There are a lot a good songs in this cd that dont quite fit next to one and other and dont give this cd that overall good album vibe, also there are alot of skibbable filler tracks which also let it down.
Standout tracks"what do you know" "The night before" "Gods Work" "risky business" and "18\W a bullet"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Of Breath Air From The West Coast March 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Murs Cleanest Effort Feb. 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
One of the my favorite records so far this decade. Murs comes with numerous styles, and the 10 + producers who appear (Belieif, El-P, Ant, RJD2) accompany his veteran rhymes great. A tight release from end to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Jan. 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars i like murs Jan. 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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