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MURS

Murs (right) and 9th Wonder performing at the Paid Dues hip hop festival at the Nokia Theatre in New York City.
Background information
Birth name Nick Carter
Born March 16, 1978
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 1996 – Present
Labels Warner Bros. Records
Definitive Jux
Record Collection
Associated acts Living Legends, Felt, 9th Wonder, 3 Melancholy Gypsys, The Invincibles
Website www.mursmusic.com/
This article is about the rapper. The acronym MURS is also used for Multi-Use Radio Service.

Nick Carter, professionally known as MURS is an American rapper. His name is an acronym that he himself has created multiple meanings for such as "Making the Universe Recognize and Submit" or "Making Underground Raw Shit."[1] He is signed to the independent label Record Collection and is a member of the hip hop groups Living Legends, Felt, and the 3 Melancholy Gypsys. MURS is also part of a punk fusion band called The Invincibles with Jacksonville, Florida's Whole Wheat Bread as lead vocalist. MURS is a vegan.[2]

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Career

MURS released his first single in 1993, taken from a self-released album by his first group, 3 Melancholy Gypsies (aka 3MG).[3] The group became friends with Mystik Journeymen, and joined them in the Living Legends collective in 1996.[3]

MURS appeared as a rapper on more than 20 records, EPs, and singles over a seven-year period, both on releases by 3MG and Living Legends.[3] His debut solo album, The End of the Beginning, was released in the spring of 2003.[3] He also worked with Slug under the name Felt, taking a more experimental approach.[3] A second solo album, Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, was produced by 9th Wonder. Taking a more thoughtful approach than gangster rappers, the album prompted Andy Gill of The Independent to say "eschewing bogus glamour for emotional realism, Murs manages to say more about the corrosive cancer of hip-hop's gun culture than all the thousands of column inches lavished on 50 Cent's bullet wounds".[4] The track "Walk Like a Man" from that album inspired a film of the same name in which MURS starred along with Damien Wigfall.[3] After another solo album with 9th Wonder, Murray's Revenge, in 2006, MURS signed a contract with Warner Bros., his debut album for the label being Murs for President.[3] This was preceded by Sweet Lord which was given away free to fans.[5]

Group collaborations

  • 3 Melancholy Gypsys ( 3MG ) - 3MG was formed with fellow high school classmates Scarub (vocals) and Eligh (vocals/producing). All three would later go on to join the underground group know as the Living Legends. MURS doesn't see a reprise of 3MG. In the HipHopHeadz interview, he said, "Except for Slug, I don't see myself working with anybody in the near-future. I want to be in control. I want to do what I want to do. Every project I've been a part of, I feel like I was never been able to do what I wanted to do. I want 150% creative control, even though I know that's not a real percentage, but I have to get this out of my system. Then we can talk about a new 3MG album."[6]
  • Living Legends - LL consists of Sunspot Jonz, Luckyiam, The Grouch, Scarub, Eligh, Aesop, Bicasso, Arata and MURS. They joined forces in 1996, while several members were still living in Oakland, CA. The members eventually migrated south to Los Angeles, CA. Although still a member, MURS no longer tours or works with the group although he appeared with them at the 2006 Paid Dues Tour.[6] He denies there is any friction in the group, and attributes the lack of firsthand involvement to them being "together for ten years and everybody is creating their own thing."[6]
  • Felt - A hip hop duo formed by MURS and rapper Slug (Atmosphere). As Felt they have released three albums and toured together to support the albums.
  • The Netherworlds - A hip hop group consisting of MURS, producer Anacron, and rapper Himself.
  • The Righteous Brothers Project - A hip hop group consisting of MURS, Eligh, Scarub (3MG) and Basik MC
  • The Underbosses - A project rumored to be in the works consisting of MURS and Luckyiam.PSC
  • The Invincible(s) - A hip hop / rock group formed by MURS and Whole Wheat Bread debuted at the 2008 Coachella music.[7]

In 2007, MURS was featured on "The Breakdown", a show on where he discussed his LP with 9th Wonder, a new movie, the start of a Hip Hop Festival Tour, his start in hip hop, as well as other topics. In 2009 MURS accompanied Tech N9ne on the Sickology 101 Tour.

Discography

Solo

Collaborative Albums

EPs

  • 1996 - Bac for No Good Reason EP (with 3 Melancholy Gypsys)
  • 1996 - Comurshul EP (with 3 Melancholy Gypsys)
  • 1999 - 3:16 the EP - LLCrew
  • 1999 - "Good Music (remix)" - LLCrew
  • 2000 - "24 Hrs. w/a G/The Two Step" - LLCrew
  • 2000 - "Bac for No Good Reason" - LLCrew
  • 2000 - "The Netherworlds" - Murs, Anacron & Himself
  • 2000 - Do More + Yeah EP
  • 2002 - Varsity Blues EP
  • 2003 - "Def Cover" - Definitive Jux
  • 2003 - "Risky Business/Brotherly Love" - Definitive Jux
  • 2005 - "Hustle/Bartender" - N2O
  • 2007 - "Better Than the Best" - Warner Bros.

Singles

  • 2007 - "Better Than the Best"
  • 2008 - "Can It Be (Half a Million Dollars and 18 Months Later)"
  • 2009 - Murs & Far East Movement: Break Up [Remix] (The OJ Song)

Compilations

  • 2005 - Walk Like a Man - Genaro Bautista Jr - Legendary Music
  • 2005 - The Genocide in Sudan - Various

DVDs

  • MC*TV *Mass Chaos (1998) LLCrew
  • Walk Like a Man (2005) Legendary Music
  • Murray's Revenge: The DVD (2007) Record Collection

Video game appearances

"Transitions az a Rydah" is featured in Tony Hawk's Underground

References

External links

Interviews

Reviews








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