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  • Audio CD (May 6 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Definitive Jux
  • ASIN: B00007LTIY
  • Other Editions: LP Record
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murs joins the Definitive Jux family May 3 2005
By Alan Pounds - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was first exposed to Murs from the album he made with Slug, "Felt - A Tribute to Christina Ricci" (2002). I then later saw him perform with Slug on the "Scribble Jam 7" video. That amazing 30 minute performance was enough to make me get off my a$$ and check out some of his work. Murs has been making music for 10 years prior to this album. It's pretty shocking that he hasn't found his true fan base yet. He makes hardcore underground gangster rap music, and it seems that only white kids (for the most part) are listening. Maybe it's because he raps with a lot of white guys. Maybe it's because he's into things like skateboarding instead of playing "ball". Either way, I'm happy that I was able to make the discovery. Upon first listen, I was shocked at the amount of skill he possessed. I do like the way he raps about everyday life. His lyrics are extremely interesting without being overbearing in the slightest. Murs doesn't take his music lightly. In fact he takes his music as serious as the likes of Slug, Brother Ali, and Eyedea; maybe even more (he played 200 shows/dates in 2003). He's a rap veteran that is showing absolutely no signs of stopping. He's got the art of storytelling down to a science. Murs is one cocky emcee. He has no problem telling people he's the best, and I've yet to see him fail at proving himself. Especially when he killed Eyedea in a "practice" battle before the scheduled MC battle of the "Scribble Jam 9" video. He constantly proves that he's a force to be reckoned with.

The amount of variety on this album is what makes it so appealing. Whether he's talking about the regurgitation of the music industry, crime, or partying when his parents aren't home, he's always on key. The riveting philosophy and commentary is what makes Murs so interesting. "You & I" kicks off the album with some great lyrics like this one: "Straight low budget I was underground thuggin' it / You think I gave a f*** about a publicist? NO!" Murs is at his best on songs like "What Do You Know?" and "The Night Before...". Check out this lyric: "Last night I almost got shot on my block / Not the block where I live at, the block where I chill at / Where I keep it real at, and used to pack steel / At times I feel it's the spot I'll get killed at". But one of my current favorites is where Murs raps about his love for skateboarding on "Transitions az a Ridah," where the rhythm is made up of skateboards sweeping in and out of ramps. Aesop Rock lends a hand on "Happy Pillz," which definitely stands out. "Risky Business" features our buddy Shock G (aka Humpty Hump) and Murs throwing a phat party while his parents are out of town. I also like "BT$" a lot. There seriously isn't a throw-away track in the bunch. And with a slew of producers by the likes of El-P, Ant, and RJD2, this album is a classic in the making.

Overall, Murs has quite the interesting personality. He will open your eyes, and make you smile with his humorous wit. The issues are thought provoking and alluring. Up until now, all I knew about Murs was the buzz and the hype that surrounded him. Now I will be adding to the hype with high praise.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Jan. 30 2004
By Bijan Shamloo - Published on
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murs is craaaazy March 28 2006
By Sam Howard - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This CD starts off with the track "You and I" a song where Murs brings listeners up to date on his life. This is a dope first track cause it's not your typical intro, it's kind of like when you haven't seen someone for a long time and you bring the other person up to date. The next song is an actually interlude by Ohio's own Mr. Dibbs, which features some pretty dope sampling and some strange sounds, it's a worthy intro for the rest of the album. What Do You Know is the next song which features some machine-gun flow, however when Murs says, "A really dope beat" I think he's kidding, cause the beat is VEEERY basic, pretty much the minimal for a Def Jux production. The Night Before is a sick track about the advancement of underground hip-hop in Cali. Transitions of a Rider is another track worthy of note, about people in California who don't gangbang. Risky Business is a sick track basically reminiscent of the movie Risky Business, but Humpty-Hump is in it and he makes the track worthy of note. The songs imbetween here and my favorite song on the CD Got Damned are all very good. But I really don't want to go into all of them. Got Damned is a song about the struggle Murs faces being a black rapper in a white rapper dominated underground. How his black fans are pissed he has white fans, and how he's trying to get as big as possible without selling out. He also states in the song how he manages to transcend all of it and make good music. Without a doubt this is the best track on the CD.

This entire CD is awesome,with extensive collaborations, decent beats, and most importantly awesome lyrics by Murs as per usual. You should definetly pick up this CD if you're a fan of "Sitcom Rap" as Murs calls it, or rap about everyday life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop Sleeping-This Dude is Nice!!!! March 1 2006
By Topher - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to Murs a little over a year ago. I first heard of him during one of my daily quests for hip hop knowledge on the internet, and after doing some homework on him I decided to pick up one of his CD's. Murs has since become one of my favorite rappers (my other favorites include 2pac, Big Pun, Dre from Outkast, Jay-Z, The Gza, and Black Thought-just to drop some names). Murs is probably the most honest rapper I've ever heard. He speaks his mind, and he will rap about any subject. He has some interesting and controversial viewpoints, and I tend to agree with most of them. Dude is a very versatile emcee. The first Murs cd I purchased was Murs 3:16 the 9th Edition, which is a great cd in its own right, but overall I probably like The End of The Beginning better. I can relate to a lot of the subject matter on this cd.

The highlights of this cd include:
1) You and I --basically a summary of his rap career to this point
3) I know -- great track where Murs shares some of his viewpoints of view on life--without sounding like he is preaching
4) The Scuffle --track that was probably designed to get some s*** off of his chest
5) Last Night -- Autobiographical track where Murs tells reveals some of his episodes in his neighborhood. Great production as well.
8) Risky Business -- About girls and partying-simple but well done
10) Gods work -- Personal accounts about work, touring, and women
18) Done Deal -- Feel good track of the album

I have to admit there a couple of tracks with wack production, but the good songs far outnumber the bad ones. The lyrics on this cd are great though, and Murs always finds interesting topics to rap about. Dude is not your typical emcee, but that is what makes him so good.

While underground heads are already familiar with Murs, he is definitely not yet getting the recognition he deserves. Do yourself a favor and add this one to your cart. This dude is the best rapper you haven't heard of - yet.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars End of the Beginning July 9 2004
By M. C. Peixoto - Published on
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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