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Murs for President [Explicit Lyrics]

Murs Audio CD

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Explicit Version. Murs, one of Rap's biggest independent success stories and a pioneering L.A. underground Hip-Hop start for a decade, finally makes his major label debut with Murs For President. A vote for Murs is a vote for eclectic, genre-bending, politically charged, musically adventurous, and genuinely entertaining Rap. A vote for Murs is a vote for the future! This Special Edition includes an outrageous 26-minute spy flick, The Murs Administration, starring Murs. Guests features are Will.i.am on "Lookin' Fly", Snoop Dogg on "Time Is Now", Tyler Woods on 'Love And Appreciation".

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Mainstream Transition Oct. 2 2008
By Brandon F. Billman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Your probably thinking, 5 stars? Yeah right, just a pretentious review from some biast fan...Not At All!! I honestly didn't enjoy the past couple Living Legends albums. But his earlier stuff and work with Slug in Felt were dope.

I was skeptical about his move to Warner Brothers, but after considerable listening, it's hard to deny that mainstream hip hop Needs This Record!!

Mur's lyrical delivery is stronger and way more focused than past efforts. He could of gone either way when he signed his first major label deal; and fortunately he kept it grounded, carrying a very positive message with not-so over the top production that one might of expected with these new producers.

Let's hope some of this actually does get radio play, maybe it will enlighten the industry to what already exists but rarely heard, intelligent rap.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars put MURS on the ballot... Nov. 4 2008
By acrid.one - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The arrival of 'Murs for President' has been built up for months upon months by internet buzz and hip-hop circle hype. Murs has put in serious work as a 'community organizer' in the underground hip-hop scene by setting up tour spots for the up-n-comers,organizing and hosting the well attended 'Paid Dues Fest' and generally putting Southern California back on the 'Rap Map' and has built up a reputable personality doing so.

Murs rides thru this album with his true-to-form swagger and 'This is Murs' lyricism. While not trying to be over political, although their are a few cuts with his insight on society, Murs elaborates on many other themes like 'being on the road', 'treating his girl like a queen', 'remember when?' and 'back on the scene' tracks, constructing this well-put together project. The beats are definitely something to write home about; with a quality selection of producers(9th Wonder,Will.I.Am,DJ Quik, Scoop DeVille,etc). Murs gets the 'banger treatment' on many of the tracks, which range from the chill,West Coast ridin' to the more modern, Kanye-esque 'Hipster-Hop', offering variety and sure to uphold this album in your stereo for months to come. Guest spots are on point with surprises like west coast gangster icons, Snoop Dogg and Kokane, and Black Eyed Pea member,Will.I.Am.,but at the end of the day, it's still Murs' show.

If any of Kanye's albums can pick up a grammy for what their worth, Murs should be noticed for this release at the next installment of the Grammy Awards. If the 'Political Machine' fronting as an "Association of the Arts" stays true to form and judges most units sold to ultimately recieve the gold statue, Murs will probably fall short. Although, by his common logic, that's okay because he will still maintain that fanbase he's built thru loyalty and admiration for his supporters.
Definite pickup for the casual Murs fan and anyone looking for good Hip-Hop.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail the Hip-Hop Chief (4.5 Stars) Oct. 13 2008
By Alan Pounds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Since the very beginning of Murs' career, he has always had a different outlook on the game than his fellow peers from the west coast power-house collective, the Living Legends crew. Since 1995, Murs has been one of the hardest working rappers in the game. Officially, this is his 7th full-length album, which barely speaks of his entire career. He's a part of the collective known as 3 Melancholy Gypsy's, who've released 2 full-length albums. He's also part of the duo Felt, with Slug from Atmosphere, who are currently working on their 3rd album. And besides appearing on 7 full-length Living Legends releases, he's appeared on approximately 50 records within and outside the crew.

One of the things I've always noticed about Murs is that he's never been tied down to a certain type of sound or producer. From Eligh, to Bicasso, to El-P, to 9th Wonder, to Terrace Martin; Murs stays inspired like a true artist from the golden age. Whether he's dropping material on an independent label, Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, or Warner Brothers; Murs has never compromised the quality of his art or craft.

Plain and simple, mainstream hip-hop needs a record like this. Murs brings back that golden age aesthetic to a time when hip-hop albums are vastly disposable in the commercial and underground scene. Murs has always spoke on tales of the common man, and has always brought a conscious, personal, and thought provoking message of real life events to the table. Being a long time fan, I feel Murs has really stepped up his game up lyrically, and is flexing his muscles to their tightest for his major label debut. Now more than ever, it's apparent Murs is trying to change the game with an eye-opening record of positivity and realness - and now he has the tools and the distribution to make that happen on a global scale.

Having heard Murs' entire catalog, the production was the thing I was most interested in. Producers include Wild Animals, 9th Wonder, Keith Harris, Scoop DeVille, LT Moe, Khalil, Josef Leimberg, Terrace Martin, & Knotch. One of the most notable additions to the production is DJ Quik. If you are unfamiliar with the west coast legend & audiophile, just know that his mixing and engineering skills have given this production a mainstream glossiness that Murs has never had before, which demands more presence from Murs than ever before.

01. Intro (produced by Wild Animals): The album kicks off with "Hail to the Chief" - a press conference style introduction. Although unnecessary, it exemplifies the magnitude of the project nicely.

02. I'm Innocent (produced by 9th Wonder): An excellent opener featuring a nice sample from Honey Cone's "Innocent 'Til Proven Guilty". Murs introduces himself to the mainstream with some very nice skill. Dope quote - "I'm anti-thug, and anti-drugs, brought peace to the party and got anti-love".

03. Lookin' Fly (produced by Keith Harris, co-produced & featuring Will.I.Am): This is probably the most commercial sounding track here, and Murs handles it nicely. Diehard fans of his older Living Legends material may find cuts like this a little out of the norm, yet he tackles a different sound and does it well. Features a sample of Al Hirt's "The Green Hornet Theme"

04. The Science (produced by Scoop DeVille & DJ Quik): Taking a cue from revolutionary artists like KRS-One & Chuck D, Murs literally drops some "Science" on us. He speaks intelligently on new and old hip-hop, slavery, genocide, freedom, and race through the facts of cocaine and crack, and how the public and government view it. An excellent message track with live flute and bass-lines.

05. Can It Be (Half A Million Dollars And 18 Months Later) (produced by Scoop DeVille): This is the lead single from the album. And it exemplifies what Murs is bringing to the game excellently. The beat is a favorite of mine, as it utilizes samples of "I Wanna Be Where You Are" by Jackson 5. Great message & great hook.

06. Everything (produced by LT Moe): Nice piano-filled production with James Blunt on the hook. Definitely a different sound for Murs. And he delivers excellent lyrics and flows with an inspirational theme.

07. Road Is My Religion (produced by Khalil): Nice production which includes a nice guitar and synth line. Murs speaks on the struggles of touring, missing his girl, money issues, and self-doubt. Not the most original concept, but dope nonetheless.

08. Sooo Comfortable (produced Josef Leimberg, featuring vocals by Kokane): This one changes up the rhythm nicely with a smooth west coast flavored banger that features soulful hooks & production.

09. Time Is Now (produced by Terrace Martin, featuring Snoop Dogg & Latoiya Williams): This is probably my favorite cut on the album. Unlike the Will.I.Am guest spot, Snoop actually drops a smooth 16 bars. The soul-clap production is straight up ear candy. Nice to see Murs getting some solid validation from one of today's most popular and recognizable rappers.

10. Think You Know Me (produced by Nottz): Excellent cut here. Murs brings a little gangsta flavor here, only to eliminate any connotation that he's actually a gansgta. He's just a common man, and speaks on it in a very interesting way. Features nice samples from "Moment Of Truth" by The Originals.

11. Me And This Jawn (produced by Nottz): Mainstream rap has some major problems respecting women nowadays. Murs is one of the few rappers in the game today that flips a love song in interesting ways. He describes everything about his one and only love in his life. Features samples from "For The Love Of You" by The Isley Brothers

12. Love And Appreciate II (produced 9th Wonder): When Murs gets together with 9th, they make some extremely personal, and soulful cuts. This is my favorite song here. Murs is once again dropping knowledge on relationships, and he may have reached his apex here. Once again, in an age where mainstream rappers fill the air waves with misogynistic lyrics, Murs is truly a breath of fresh air. Features samples of "Now It's Time To Say Goodbye" by Freda Payne.

13. A Part Of Me (produced by Terrace Martin): Here, Murs speaks about making mistakes in a relationship, his struggles with his decisions, and how much he misses his girl even though they weren't meant for each other. I honestly never thought I'd hear production like this under Murs. It brings out his emotional side as Murs let's lose heart-wrenching lyrics.

14. Break Up (The OJ Song) (produced by Knotch): Murs continues with his stretch of love songs, and this one is about the painful ventures of a break-up, and how he wished she would just call him up and apologize. He would take her back at the drop of a hate; but his pride is in the way. It features a very alluring sample of "Charlene" by Anthony Hamilton. Another favorite of mine.

15. Breakthrough (produced by 9th Wonder): The album closes with an excellent banger about his dreams to make changes in the game of hip-hop. By this point, nobody should have any doubt that Murs has what it takes to bring a quality change to the game. As the common man, he proclaims if the album fails and doesn't sell he'll be getting a job at McDonald's, Burger King, or maybe Target or Best Buy (at least he gets a discount). It's hard to imagine a more humble rapper than Murs.

If you picked up the "Special Edition", you got the bonus DVD. The DVD is only 25 minutes long, but has an excellent production value. Basically, it's one long sketch about the 2008 Hip-Hop Presidential election. It all takes place on "3:16 News", which is a format which pokes fun at Fox News. There are 3 candidates; one is an ignorant, new-school Souljah Boy-type rapper who's only been rapping for a few months. He pretty much represents everything wack about hip-hop today. Then there's a 60-something white man who is completely out of touch with the culture and just wants to exploit it's commercialism. Then of course, we have Murs as candidate #3, who embodies all that is hip-hop - the well-educated veteran who came to take the Obama approach and change the game for the better. Not only is the program funny, it has a wealth of very interesting things to say about hip-hop. So if you're debating over which version to get, I'd highly recommend the "Special Edition".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail the Hip-Hop Chief (4.5 Stars) Oct. 13 2008
By Alan Pounds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Since the very beginning of Murs' career, he has always had a different outlook on the game than his fellow peers from the west coast power-house collective, the Living Legends crew. Since 1995, Murs has been one of the hardest working rappers in the game. Officially, this is his 7th full-length album, which barely speaks of his entire career. He's a part of the collective known as 3 Melancholy Gypsy's, who've released 2 full-length albums. He's also part of the duo Felt, with Slug from Atmosphere, who are currently working on their 3rd album. And besides appearing on 7 full-length Living Legends releases, he's appeared on approximately 50 records within and outside the crew.

One of the things I've always noticed about Murs is that he's never been tied down to a certain type of sound or producer. From Eligh, to Bicasso, to El-P, to 9th Wonder, to Terrace Martin; Murs stays inspired like a true artist from the golden age. Whether he's dropping material on an independent label, Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, or Warner Brothers; Murs has never compromised the quality of his art or craft.

Plain and simple, mainstream hip-hop needs a record like this. Murs brings back that golden age aesthetic to a time when hip-hop albums are vastly disposable in the commercial and underground scene. Murs has always spoke on tales of the common man, and has always brought a conscious, personal, and thought provoking message of real life events to the table. Being a long time fan, I feel Murs has really stepped up his game up lyrically, and is flexing his muscles to their tightest for his major label debut. Now more than ever, it's apparent Murs is trying to change the game with an eye-opening record of positivity and realness - and now he has the tools and the distribution to make that happen on a global scale.

Having heard Murs' entire catalog, the production was the thing I was most interested in. Producers include Wild Animals, 9th Wonder, Keith Harris, Scoop DeVille, LT Moe, Khalil, Josef Leimberg, Terrace Martin, & Knotch. One of the most notable additions to the production is DJ Quik. If you are unfamiliar with the west coast legend & audiophile, just know that his mixing and engineering skills have given this production a mainstream glossiness that Murs has never had before, which demands more presence from Murs than ever before.

01. Intro (produced by Wild Animals): The album kicks off with "Hail to the Chief" - a press conference style introduction. Although unnecessary, it exemplifies the magnitude of the project nicely.

02. I'm Innocent (produced by 9th Wonder): An excellent opener featuring a nice sample from Honey Cone's "Innocent 'Til Proven Guilty". Murs introduces himself to the mainstream with some very nice skill. Dope quote - "I'm anti-thug, and anti-drugs, brought peace to the party and got anti-love".

03. Lookin' Fly (produced by Keith Harris, co-produced & featuring Will.I.Am): This is probably the most commercial sounding track here, and Murs handles it nicely. Diehard fans of his older Living Legends material may find cuts like this a little out of the norm, yet he tackles a different sound and does it well. Features a sample of Al Hirt's "The Green Hornet Theme"

04. The Science (produced by Scoop DeVille & DJ Quik): Taking a cue from revolutionary artists like KRS-One & Chuck D, Murs literally drops some "Science" on us. He speaks intelligently on new and old hip-hop, slavery, genocide, freedom, and race through the facts of cocaine and crack, and how the public and government view it. An excellent message track with live flute and bass-lines.

05. Can It Be (Half A Million Dollars And 18 Months Later) (produced by Scoop DeVille): This is the lead single from the album. And it exemplifies what Murs is bringing to the game excellently. The beat is a favorite of mine, as it utilizes samples of "I Wanna Be Where You Are" by Jackson 5. Great message & great hook.

06. Everything (produced by LT Moe): Nice piano-filled production with James Blunt on the hook. Definitely a different sound for Murs. And he delivers excellent lyrics and flows with an inspirational theme.

07. Road Is My Religion (produced by Khalil): Nice production which includes a nice guitar and synth line. Murs speaks on the struggles of touring, missing his girl, money issues, and self-doubt. Not the most original concept, but dope nonetheless.

08. Sooo Comfortable (produced Josef Leimberg, featuring vocals by Kokane): This one changes up the rhythm nicely with a smooth west coast flavored banger that features soulful hooks & production.

09. Time Is Now (produced by Terrace Martin, featuring Snoop Dogg & Latoiya Williams): This is probably my favorite cut on the album. Unlike the Will.I.Am guest spot, Snoop actually drops a smooth 16 bars. The soul-clap production is straight up ear candy. Nice to see Murs getting some solid validation from one of today's most popular and recognizable rappers.

10. Think You Know Me (produced by Nottz): Excellent cut here. Murs brings a little gangsta flavor here, only to eliminate any connotation that he's actually a gansgta. He's just a common man, and speaks on it in a very interesting way. Features nice samples from "Moment Of Truth" by The Originals.

11. Me And This Jawn (produced by Nottz): Mainstream rap has some major problems respecting women nowadays. Murs is one of the few rappers in the game today that flips a love song in interesting ways. He describes everything about his one and only love in his life. Features samples from "For The Love Of You" by The Isley Brothers

12. Love And Appreciate II (produced 9th Wonder): When Murs gets together with 9th, they make some extremely personal, and soulful cuts. This is my favorite song here. Murs is once again dropping knowledge on relationships, and he may have reached his apex here. Once again, in an age where mainstream rappers fill the air waves with misogynistic lyrics, Murs is truly a breath of fresh air. Features samples of "Now It's Time To Say Goodbye" by Freda Payne.

13. A Part Of Me (produced by Terrace Martin): Here, Murs speaks about making mistakes in a relationship, his struggles with his decisions, and how much he misses his girl even though they weren't meant for each other. I honestly never thought I'd hear production like this under Murs. It brings out his emotional side as Murs let's lose heart-wrenching lyrics.

14. Break Up (The OJ Song) (produced by Knotch): Murs continues with his stretch of love songs, and this one is about the painful ventures of a break-up, and how he wished she would just call him up and apologize. He would take her back at the drop of a hate; but his pride is in the way. It features a very alluring sample of "Charlene" by Anthony Hamilton. Another favorite of mine.

15. Breakthrough (produced by 9th Wonder): The album closes with an excellent banger about his dreams to make changes in the game of hip-hop. By this point, nobody should have any doubt that Murs has what it takes to bring a quality change to the game. As the common man, he proclaims if the album fails and doesn't sell he'll be getting a job at McDonald's, Burger King, or maybe Target or Best Buy (at least he gets a discount). It's hard to imagine a more humble rapper than Murs.

If you picked up the "Special Edition", you got the bonus DVD. The DVD is only 25 minutes long, but has an excellent production value. Basically, it's one long sketch about the 2008 Hip-Hop Presidential election. It all takes place on "3:16 News", which is a format which pokes fun at Fox News. There are 3 candidates; one is an ignorant, new-school Souljah Boy-type rapper who's only been rapping for a few months. He pretty much represents everything wack about hip-hop today. Then there's a 60-something white man who is completely out of touch with the culture and just wants to exploit it's commercialism. Then of course, we have Murs as candidate #3, who embodies all that is hip-hop - the well-educated veteran who came to take the Obama approach and change the game for the better. Not only is the program funny, it has a wealth of very interesting things to say about hip-hop. So if you're debating over which version to get, I'd highly recommend the "Special Edition".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Held down by Mediocer production Jan. 11 2009
By I. Swan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was excited when I picked up this album, poped it into my Car's CD player and... felt disappointed. The best songs are tracks five through seven. The production generally has too many bells and whistles and not enough "ill rhythm". Feels like executive meddling weakened this album and for the most part it is the production that is the weak link in the bulk of the songs. The block of 4 love songs near the end of the album seems a little off. Tracks 3 and 13 are weak. a step below the 5th though 7th would be tracks fourth, tenth, twelfth, fourteenth, and fifteenth. The rest are hampered too much by the production for me to want to listen to again. Great for a rap album from a Major lable, but Murs' earlier stuff is better.
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