He's Keith Murray [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
After his gloriously fluky solo debut, "The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World," scaled the charts in 1994, Keith Murray's career went into a tailspin he still hadn't recovered from ten years later. His 1996 album Enigma sounded flat and sold poorly, and he began serving a prison term for second-degree assault just as 1999's It's a Beautiful Thing reached the stores. Three years later, after being released and signing to Def Jam in 2002, Murray was dropped from the label before He's Keith Murray even arrived, on charges that he'd choked two Def Jam employees. It did appear, finally, leaving fans of his eccentric take on East Coast rap just a little disappointed, ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
After his gloriously fluky solo debut, "The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World," scaled the charts in 1994, Keith Murray's career went into a tailspin he still hadn't recovered from ten years later. His 1996 album Enigma sounded flat and sold poorly, and he began serving a prison term for second-degree assault just as 1999's It's a Beautiful Thing reached the stores. Three years later, after being released and signing to Def Jam in 2002, Murray was dropped from the label before He's Keith Murray even arrived, on charges that he'd choked two Def Jam employees. It did appear, finally, leaving fans of his eccentric take on East Coast rap just a little disappointed, especially so considering the long wait. Murray partially explains his situation with the autobiographical "Christina," relating not only his legal troubles but the early death of his parents and sister; unfortunately, the track isn't much more than a straight retelling, with little emotion and no context. The biggest hit here, "Yeah Yeah U Know It," is a solid party jam, but quite a few other crossover items fall flat: "Candi Bar" is a Latin pop throwaway that wastes Patti Austin as a backing vocalist granted, it's partly saved by Murray's typically hilarious rhymes. Ironically, anyone who sticks with the record on the flip side will find a much better half, featuring a pair of tight, menacing Erick Sermon tracks "Sucka Free," "Say Goodnite" and a Jazze Pha production on "Say Whaatt" that floats the perfect accompaniment to Murray's soundclash with Redman. Though his recordings have offered much to hip-hop fans tired of hearing the same old jams, Murray remains his own worst enemy -- both at letting his temper off the mike get the best of him, and at allowing crossovers to force aside his best tracks.
The Source
1/2 Overall, He's Keith Murray lives up to its title by offering a musical narrative of one man's triumph over adversity and his need to celebrate. Listeners are invited to Keith's homecoming party. Boo Rosario
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2003
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 044006350127
  • Catalog Number: 000031602
  • Sales rank: 98,849

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Da Intro (Skit) (0:15)
  2. 2 The Carnage - Joe Hooker (4:14)
  3. 3 Oh My Goodness (4:26)
  4. 4 Yeah Yeah U Know It - Defsquad (4:10)
  5. 5 Star (Skit) (0:38)
  6. 6 Candi Bar (3:45)
  7. 7 Christina (4:24)
  8. 8 Sucka Free (Skit) (0:48)
  9. 9 Sucka Free (4:01)
  10. 10 Say Whaatt (4:00)
  11. 11 Da Ba Dunk Song (3:00)
  12. 12 B.C. (Skit) (0:52)
  13. 13 Swagger Back (3:16)
  14. 14 On Smash - Kell Vicious (4:24)
  15. 15 Say Goodnite (Skit) (0:58)
  16. 16 Say Goodnite (4:15)
  17. 17 Child of the Streets (Man Child) (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keith Murray Primary Artist
Patti Austin Vocals
Clark Kent DJ
Mike Lorello Guitar
Ray Monge Vocals
Henry Joseph Pierre Choir, Chorus
J.B. Vocals
Sonji Mickey Vocals
Jewell Vocals
Larrance Dopson Keyboards
Justin Ray Trumpet
Daniel Steef Bass, Guitar
Dayna Stephens Saxophone
Nick Vagenas Trombone
Jessica Rivera Vocals
Technical Credits
Jamie Foxx Composer, Producer, Engineer
S. Barnes Composer
Sam Dees Composer
Clark Kent Producer
J.C. Olivier Composer
Peter Phillips Composer
Erick Sermon Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Trevor Smith Composer
Brian Stanley Engineer
Jerry Thompson Illustrations
Keith Murray Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Mike Hogan Engineer
R. Noble Composer
Pete Rock Producer
Jazze Pha Producer, Engineer
Leroy Champaign Art Direction
Noko Vocal Arrangements
Justin Smith Composer
Tracy Curry Composer
Kevin Liles Executive Producer
Wassim Zreik Engineer
Mark Berto Engineer
Tone & Poke Producer
Quran Goodman Composer, Producer
J. Baker Composer
Just Blaze Producer
David Camon Composer
RuggedNess Producer
Omen Producer
DJ Farenheit Cut
Khalil Producer
Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre Composer
Steve Fisher Engineer
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