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Friday, May 14, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Murs

Posted By on Fri, May 14, 2010 at 8:00 AM

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Most rappers don’t last long in the game. Los Angeles rhymer Murs has been making records for more than 15 years. From 1993 to 2007, he worked in the underground, carving a path in a genre oversaturated with mediocre MCs. Murs stood out thanks to his distinct flow and renegade style. After recording several albums for indie-rap powerhouse Definitive Jux, he took the major-label bait in 2008. Murs for President, his first Warner Bros. album, was so good that even indie purists found it hard to hate. On the new Fornever, Murs is underground again, collaborating with producer 9th Wonder and rapping with passion. He sounds bummed in “The Problem Is … ,” lamenting the struggles of being a musician. But thanks to the blueprint he helped created, aspiring rappers now have a smart business model to follow. Murs with Nocando, San Goodee, and Vice Verses plays the Beachland Tavern at 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. —Eddie Fleisher

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