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Murs and 9th Wonder
Murray’s Revenge

mursrevenge.jpgIn 2004, L.A. underground rap vet Murs teamed up with North Carolina producer du jour 9th Wonder on Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition. After receiving rave reviews for the project, the bicoastal connection returns with Murray’s Revenge, an equally impressive collaboration packed with stretched loops, sharp drums and lyrical tales about life’s simplicities.

The sonic chemistry between 9th and Murs is evident from jump. Snuggled by floating strings and soft horns, Murs serves up polished bars about staying positive despite the daily grind on the common man’s anthem “Yesterday, Today.” Then the dreamy vocal lifts and supple chords of “Love & Appreciate” carry the Living Legends representative’s musings on not taking significant others for granted: “I found a real woman that’ll stay down for me/Shoulda never had doubts, ’cause I found you early/While my homeboys search, I have what I need/And I’m glad you agree.”

Murs keeps his subject matter diverse and interesting throughout the 10-cut disc. Take the Joe Scudda–featured “Sillygirl,” where he breaks down the blue-ball factor of dealing with a cock tease. And on the stirring “Dark Skinned White Girls” he expresses his reverence for mixed-race, fair-skinned or generally non-Black women with flavor: “She talks with that tone/But she’s White to the bone/You would swear she was Black if you spoke on the phone.”

Though the beats here are generally engaging, they won’t win over 9th Wonder detractors who often cite his constant use of the same snares and vintage vocal loops. But the Little Brother beatsmith makes up for the repetitious rhythms on the album closer, “Murray’s Revenge (The End).” Uniquely flippin’ the classic break from Bob James’ “Nautilus” by chopping its keys and kicks into a new rhythm, 9th delivers a fresh spin on a time-tested beat that inspires Murs to proclaim, “Success has always been the best form of revenge.” Mission accomplished. —ALVIN BLANCO

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  • http://www.mrkamoji.com mrkamoji

    Murs is that dude.

  • Telekinesiz

    Damn! This is not 3:16, but still good music! Murs is lirically on point and 9th pick up where The Minstrel Show left. A must buy!

  • FrediZLe

    Yo MURS is KIllin the Rap GAME, pERioD… dude has skills and as always stayed REAL.. Big ups to the Living Legends, Just us League Camp!!

  • jon longway

    ya it seems murs just keeps getting harder and harder i mean i love felt but man is he commin with heat now fuckin a.

  • polorican

    Raw,raw,raw. the opening track is the truth. The cd is a must have for anyone wanting truthful lyrics and beats without all the fake shit,i.e. “murda,murda,murda”.

  • fuck da south (xcept luda)

    murs is crazy one of the best out

  • Barry

    MURS album is hot, he spits with the best of them. 9th’s beats are fire, better than Kanye, yea i said it! Must buy if you are tired of fake hip hop i.e. Laffy Taffy

  • Mozeek

    mrkamoji Says:

    March 27th, 2006 at 8:41 pm
    Murs is that dude.

    I agree.

  • Girlindajays

    this album is bangin’!

  • Mally

    I just got the album and I can’t put it down….shouts out to the dudes keeping hip hop alive..Murs, Little brother, kanye, premo, nas, mos def talib, dead prez, roots, lupe, papoose

  • allnice

    Murs is wassup man, I can fuck with a cat that isn’t on that neo soul shit too much. Sometimes he does get a lil neo soul, but he knows how to tone that shit down and keep things fun. Hip hop needs more albums like this, definitely worth a listen.


    What a really good writing…

  • http://citesteasta.ro/category/articole/ tergiversarea timpului

    This surely makes great sense..