Murs for President [Special Edition]

Murs for President [Special Edition]

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With a major-label contract on the line (not to mention that presumptive presidential nomination), Murs was obviously ready to put his best foot forward -- and yes, Murs for President is just as ambitious as the title indicates. With a parade of tracks -- message tracks, lovers tracks, just-hanging tracks, back-in-the-day tracks, treat-her

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With a major-label contract on the line (not to mention that presumptive presidential nomination), Murs was obviously ready to put his best foot forward -- and yes, Murs for President is just as ambitious as the title indicates. With a parade of tracks -- message tracks, lovers tracks, just-hanging tracks, back-in-the-day tracks, treat-her-like-a-queen tracks, political-outrage tracks, comeback tracks (subtitled "Half a Million Dollars and 18 Months Later"), life-on-the-road tracks -- Murs apparently wants to be all things to all rap fans (not a bad quality in someone hungry for higher office). Such a variety of themes isn't new for the underground's most ambitious rapper; it's only appropriate for one of the best tale-spinners in hip-hop, a West Coaster who once looked up to fellow storytellers E-40 and Ice Cube. And by including a fair share of tracks produced by 9th Wonder, it's reasonable for fans to hope that Murs would be able to bring along everything that made him a critical part of the rap underground on his trip to the mainstream. But it's clear from listening that all the rough spots (read: interesting eccentricities) that made Murs so special in the past have been polished right out of this major-label product. Guest spots for new labelmate will.i.am and Snoop Dogg do little to further the album, and the productions, with a few each from 9th Wonder and DJ Quik associates, don't do much to captivate listeners either. As with politics from the past to the present, Murs for President is energy without subtlety, clearly lacking a sense of humor as well as the back-and-forth interplay of Murs' best records -- what you could call shades of gray, as opposed to black and white. [The Special Edition of Murs for President included a bonus DVD with a short film, The Murs Administration.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624983040
catalogNumber:
514005

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Murs   Primary Artist
DJ Quik   scratching
Adam Mitchell   cast
David Scott   cast
LaToiya Williams   Vocals
Ahmad Miller   cast
Carlitta Durand   Vocals
William Knight   cast
Evan Eneman   Vocals
Latonya Givens   Background Vocals
Justin Keitt   Keyboards
Shvona Lavette   Vocals
Terrence "Scar" Smith   Vocals
Wild Animals   Musician
Chucc Hamilton   Keyboards
Khizman   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ernie Isley   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
DJ Quik   Producer
Nick Smith   Gaffer
Chris Roe   Producer
will.i.am   Producer
Nottz   Audio Production
Murs   Audio Production
Ted Chung   Executive Producer,Audio Production
DJ Khalil   Audio Production
Padraic Kerin   Engineer
9th Wonder   Audio Production
Denise A. Williams   Executive Producer
Scoop DeVille   Producer
Christopher Avery   Engineer
Kosta Elchev   Engineer
Victor Manzano   Engineer
Wild Animals   Producer
Russell "Double R" Redeux   Audio Production
Knotch   Audio Production

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