I don’t know when Murs picked up this gig with Hip Hop DX but I like it. I mean multiple income streams is the the status we should be fighting for right? ANYway Murs lays out a detailed and CONVINCING argument for why Will Smith COULD be in the running for greatest of all-time. I will admit his proof is SO convincing it even made me think hmmmmmmm. Check it out.
“We ain’t the same color when police show up.” – MURS
Before I talk about Trayvon, let’s talk about stigma.
There was a girl in my high school who had a white mother and a black father. She hung out with the cheerleader, varsity letterman crowd. Apparently, she was very embarrassed every time her father came to school functions because she easily passed for white.
Not every case of colorism is as dramatic as “Imitation of Life.” And not every case is American. The massacres in Darfur were carried out by dark Arabs. The Dalits in India are very dark. Aborigines in Australia are treated like shit. The list goes on and on.
And being a black person in a high school where the faculty supported David Duke, I had my own issues with color. My teen years were spent mostly in Jefferson Parish, right outside of New Orleans. I did not sound like the majority of the black population when I talked. My classmates were mostly white people. I was an outcast any way you looked at it.
But, my issues were not so cut and dry. Public Enemy fueled my thoughts. I started listening to Farrakhan tapes. I read “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.” My issues with black folk involved mostly what I saw as self hate. Why did the Creole women get all the attention? Exactly what is “good hair” or “pretty eyes?”
But if I dig deeper into myself, I have to admit I know those issues intimately, because there was a time when I had them myself. It took effort, but I had to think my way out of them. Hip hop helped me with that. It made me self-analyze and come up with conclusions about who I was and about my skin’s societal stigma. But as a black person, I had no choice but to come to this conclusion if I wanted to see a progression in my self esteem. Other people do not necessarily have to have this epiphany.
Far from Krypton: Would You Look Up to Yourself As a Kid?
“Contrast Bohemia to my workplace” – Busdriver
A long time ago, when we were in our late 20s, me and my potna Neil were on one of our many walking excursions around town. He mentioned that he was not living up to his own expectations. I asked him what he meant. He told me that when he was a kid, he knew he would be a superhero by now, and he just did not see THAT happening any time in the near future.
Isn’t that what it’s all about? Being the adult that the child we use to be wanted us to be?
Maybe this is why I spend so much time thinking about my younger years. Back then, I was Playdoh slowly taking the shape of who I am via the experiences I chose to live. Now that I sit behind a computer in some nameless corporate office eight hours a day, I think I owe it to myself to reminisce from time to time.
Back in college, I use to hang around the hip hoppers. Humans have a way of grouping themselves. Like-minded people tend to create enemies of people who think differently. Many times this brings about group cohesion. But as the group grows, splinter groups form. So even amongst the hip hoppers, there were subgroups. I found myself hanging with the bummy, nerdy, argumentative, artsy fartsy subgroup. We would debate for the sake of the debate. We would poke fun at the pretty boy hip hoppers (as I am sure they made fun of us). Our hip hop standards were extremely high. We tolerated no bs music in any form.
So one day, the homie Cosmo got a shipment of tapes from one of his homies on the West Coast. I remember seeing the trademark Eligh rendition of the Eye of Horus, HAND DRAWN (!!) on one of those tapes. But the tape that made the most noise in my subgroup was coMURShal.
The quality was horrible, but it was still dubbed and redubbed to the point where the hiss and static were louder than the beats and lyrics on some parts. Eligh and Scarub had the style, MURS had the content. We even found time to argue about different aspects of the songs we liked so much.
Then, the homie Thomas got a hold of an online tape catalog (http://www.truehiphop.com/atak/) advertising a new MURS tape. He promptly ordered it and soon after, F’REAL came in the mail. The quality was still terrible, but it was the original terrible. Plus, we got the liner notes, which had been hand-cut at Kinko’s, and the blue cassette alluding to a certain gang affiliation. The name of the work rang true on so many levels.
Thomas gave it a listen in his dorm room. He then gave it to me to listen to one fateful weekend in my apartment. I was all too familiar with the sophomore slump, so I did not really take it seriously. I put it in the cassette player and let it be the ambient music for hanging out with the first woman I ever loved that weekend.
As the sun peeked through the blinds of the large, energy wasting, plexiglass windows of my apartment, F’REAL was still playing as we woke up. As fate would have it, we both actually started listening to his words when “The Jerry Maguire Song” came on. Our eyes widened as the lyrics of that first verse sunk in. Our first words of that day had something to do with rewinding that song.
“Now most of us could waste a whole lifetime doin shit we don’t believe in/
So I’m retrievin words of gold to expose my soul/
On the sheets, combined with the beat, a song, complete, to compete/
Nah, cause most of y’all won’t understand it/
Takin this existence for granted/
Never goin after what you really want cause you ain’t got the heart/
So your life never starts to have meaning/
Fiending for somethin to fill that void, annoyed/
With the surroundings you picked ‘cause they don’t seem to fit your person/
Rehearsin what they said would make you happy/
Until you realized one day, ‘Damn they trapped me’/
But who are they anyway? To tell you how to live/
A college degree, then a career, the only decent way to raise kids/
But I disagree, see I wasn’t put here to make a living/
My living makes me, so even if it takes me a lifetime/
I’ma write rhymes that I feel/
Some shit for when I’m fired, that shit for when I’m chilled/
And even if I never make that ticket to a meal/
I’ll still be a success cause my purpose will have been filled.”
Moments like that leave an impact. Songs like that leave an impact. Even as I sit in my nameless corporate office, feeling the Playdoh I am composed of harden into the shape of something far from a super hero…
MURS – The Jerry Macguire Song
Guess who’s an official sponsor of the A3C (All 3 Coasts) hip hop festival Oct. 6-8 in Atlanta? Thass right. Not to pat ourselves on the back too hard, but we’re right there with Hip Hop DX, Jamla and other industry heavyweights, supporting our culture and helping to bring back dope hip hop.
We’ll be bringing you that grown man/grown woman perspective, letting you know new names to watch for, videos and show footage of your favorite emcees and straight running up on all the grownheadz who will be there. In the run up, we’ll feature artists like Jean Grae, Big K.R.I.T., Big Pooh, Elzhi, REKS, Aleon Craft, Ras Kass, Young Scolla, Rapsody, Danny, Gods Illa, Boog Brown, Lyric Jones, Bronze Nazareth and Saigon on the site.
There are over 80 confirmed artists for A3C 2011, making the 3-day festival the hip-hop Woodstock Rock the Bells never was. Also unlike Rock the Bells, A3C is recognizing dope female emcees with Jean Grae, Boog Brown, Eternia, Marz Lovejoy, Rapsody and The Reminders rocking the stages. See the ever-growing list of artists below.
- Random Axe
- BIG K.R.I.T.
- Freddie Gibbs
- Dead Prez
- 9th Wonder
- Jean Grae
- Cory Gunz
- Big Pooh
- Homeboy Sandman
- Smoke DZA
- Ski Beatz
- The Kid Daytona
- Jon Connor
- tabi Bonney
- Ras Kass
- Thee Tom Hardy
- El Da Sensei
- Percee P
- Action Bronson
- Actual Proof
- Aleon Craft
- Big Remo
- Black Milk
- Boog Brown
- Chancellor Warhol
- Chase N Cashe
- D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
- Diamond D
- Donny Goines
- Ethereal Eyezon Soweto
- Front Page
- One Be Lo
- Guilty Simpson
- Jarren Benton
- Jon Hope
- Marz Lovejoy
- Moe Green
- Nice Guise
- P Dukes
- PATEN LOCKE
- Rockie Fresh
- Soul Khan
- The reMinders
- ULTRA BEAST
- Varsity Squad
- WILLIE EVANS JR
- Young Scolla
Hit us up with a comment and tell us if you’re going to be there, questions to asky your favorite artists and who you want to see us interview. And stay tuned, we’ve got some ill promotions up the sleeve!
Once again there back. After the release of his major label bebut Mr. Murs is back with 9th Wonder for their 3rd collaboration. You might think we’re Murs fans (we are) we have featured Murs more than once. Like one time, two time, three times. So apperently we have a little love for the man.
Just a reminder: these are not the complete songs, just 90-second clips so you can get a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, buy the CD. If we want good hip hop to flourish, we’ve gotta support the artists.
I was looking for some Michael stuff, but I figured you might of had your fill by now and what the hey! We need to do album of the week. We ‘ve featured MURS before with his release Murray’s Revenge. In fact we loved him so much we featured him AGAIN when he had a free download with 9th Wonder, Sweet Lord. Now I know these are not supposed to be reviews but I gotta say this isn’t his best work but still pretty good. My hope was that MURS would lead the hip hop world out the land of gangsta but alsa it was not to be. By the way after years of being on the underground this is his major label debut. As always, these are not the complete songs, just 90-second clips to give you a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, buy the CD. We’ve gotta support if we want real hip hop to flourish.