Murs for President On his major label debut, indie rapper Murs — known for his clever, humorous rhymes about the everyday man — sets out to save hip-hop… Murs for President On his major label debut, indie rapper Murs — known for his clever, humorous rhymes about the everyday man — sets out to save hip-hop… 2008-09-30 Murs Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Murs for President (2008)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Sep 30, 2008; Lead Performance: Murs; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

On his major label debut, indie rapper Murs — known for his clever, humorous rhymes about the everyday man — sets out to save hip-hop from senseless debauchery. Yet while the politically charged Murs for President is lyrically sharp, its production zigzags with incongruously corny pop samples (like the Green Hornet theme on ''Lookin' Fly''). Murs fares best when paired with producer 9th Wonder (Little Brother), whose soulful tracks light fire under Murs' husky voice. President is patchy, but the consistent ''time to change'' message still makes Murs one of rap's most memorable lyricists. B Download This: Listen to ''Can It Be'' on the rapper's MySpace page

Originally posted Sep 23, 2008 Published in issue #1014 Oct 03, 2008 Order article reprints
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