Music Review: Murs by uncdiversions
October 19, 2008, 8:55 am
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Murs For President

(Warner Bros.)

Murs has always been a self-righteous MC, bashing mainstream rappers for making bubble-gum hip-hop while calling out his own white fans for not understanding the black man’s struggle.

That hyper-critical, soap box approach used to be Murs’ bread and butter, especially on career highlight Murs 3:16 where his complaints about the hip-hop scene were delivered with wit and sting. But Murs has lost his power.

He tries the same approach on tracks such as “I’m Innocent” and “Think You Know Me,” both of which feature rehashed whining about how people aren’t as conscious as Murs.

He takes it a step further on tracks such as “Science,” where he gets too preachy by denouncing the government’s subjugation on urban society. Later in the album he calls for a society where everybody loves one another.

Murs wants change, thinks the government is to blame, but his sunshine and butterfly approach lacks punch and substance. He sounds like a hippie version of Dead Prez, unaware of any actual issues but more than happy to blab about his own flowery vision.

Most disappointingly, Murs decides to shoot himself in the foot by including two dumb club tracks, “Sooo Comfortable” and “Lookin’ Fly.” These are unabashed sell-out songs about hitting on girls and wearing extravagant clothes. Given how much time he’s spent in his career denouncing this kind of music, it destroys Murs’s legitimacy as an MC to include this type of song.

It’s not until the very end of the album that Murs strikes gold. “Me and this Jawn” is a delightful song narrating his pursuit of a girl. The next three songs are also about romance, and Murs finally drops some interesting verses where he is insecure and unhappy about men’s lack of respect for women or his own failures in past relationships.

It’s great that Murs is so passionate about so many things. From communism to humanism, Murs speaks his mind with fervor on many topics, but he never delivers until he raps about love. Murs sticks to romantic narratives and lamentations on four songs near the end, all of which are album highlights. But given the utter lack of quality on the rest of the album, it’s clear that Murs is a rapper who no longer knows his own strengths.

– By Diversions Staff Writer Luis Torres


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