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End of the Beginning
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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|
|15. 18 w/a Bullet Remix|
|16. Brotherly Love|
|17. Got Damned?|
|18. Done Deal featuring 3MG|
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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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.
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.
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.