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1. Intro
2. Bad Man!
3. 3:16
4. The Pain
5. Trevor An' Them
6. Freak These Tales
7. H-U-S-T-L-E
8. Walk Like A Man
9. And This is For?
10. The Animal

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Definitive Jux
  • ASIN: B0001KL4ZY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carl D. Foggey on June 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This has been my personal first time hearing of Murs but I have been a avid follower of 9th Wonder and Little Brother. Murs lyrically held his own on this LP. He doesn't offer up mind-bending metaphors but the brother definitely has flow. As far as subject matter, songs like "Bad Man" and "Pain" talk of rejection and the difficulty of finding the right woman instead the typical male bravado that is all too common in the mainstream industry. As far as just straight spitting, "3:16" and "Animal" are perfect. On "Animal" Phonte from Little Brother rips it. The track itself sounds like a bonus track from "The Listening". On "Walk Like A Man" Murs goes into the storytelling of his friend being killed in front of him and him getting his remorseful revenge. Subject matter aside, 9th changes beats after every verse to fit the affect of Murs' verses. "And This Is For...", Murs speaks of white rappers, white fans that take Hip-Hop and black music as a trend. Not a new subject, but Murs gets his point across without sounding "whiney" (see Benzino). Overall, ths album is a definite buy for those that appreciate Hip-Hop with a pulse.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Smith on April 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Murs is one of my favorite rappers. He's not really all that skilled, at least on as far as lyrically assaulting people not the mic, but he has a really personal way of rapping that makes anybody feel like they can relate. I haven't heard any Little Brother so I don't know much about 9th Wonder other than this album, but he's been getting a lot of hype, so I expected nice beats and I got them. It's a good pairing. This album is short, which tends to be a turn-off for me, but on the bright side it doesn't get boring and there's no filler.
I bought this more for Murs than 9th. Most of the time on this album, he's story-telling and/or talking about women. The intro is a good way to kick off the album, with a good verse to get us in the mood and a nice electric beat from 9th Wonder. An intro that adds something to the album, not one of those pointless ones that needs to go. "Bad Man," "Rainy Days," and "Freak These Tales" are about women. The first is about how he just can't seem to be a nice guy and a player at the same time, the second about his troubles finding a woman, and the last about getting laid. With all these tracks, Murs does what he does best...he comes across as an average guy you might meet off the street, kicking rhymes about real life, but with his own quirky style to make it entertaining. "Sitcom rap," as he himself calls it. "Trevor an' Them" and "Walk Like a Man" display his story-telling abilities. The first is a just a funny story about a robbery gone wrong, but the second takes a more serious turn, talking about the death of his best friend and his quest for vengeance. Again, it's nice because he does it as a guy with problems and not a hardcore thug.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By fetish_2000 on July 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Seemingly one of the few rappers willing to take a commercial risk, Rapper 'Murs', heads into deeply personal and introspective territory with this most confessional of rap
albums. Harking back to the back template of just a rapper (Murs) & producer (the 9th wonder), they strip back on the flashy bravado and thug stories and produce a rap album more akin to introspective singer/songwriters.
Murs isn't looking to use this record to make amends for his life or the things he's done in his time, the stories here are of a gangsters daily life. but told from the perspective of an ordinary man/hustler, trying to make
sense of his way of life. Murs himself likens his personality more "Coldplay Than Ice-T".
And what follows is a (albeit Short), album of semi-interlinked
stories, told from the perspective of someone not completely at easy with his lifestyle.
Producer 'the 9th wonder', is something of a minor Revelation, by largely ignoring loud, beat heavy arrangements, and composing a series of tracks loosely based around samples of dusty classic soul and 70's funk.
(think 'Kayne west' style sampled arrangements). and its this production that adds to the subdued nature of the tracks. And gives the lyrics more substance & emotional attachment.
Those expecting the lyrics to have been 'watered down' due to the
introspective nature of the record, will be glad to hear that this is a harsh and unflinching collection of stories being relayed here. Murs doesn't shy away from looking at the material in a Cold, disinchanted and uncompromising
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By warrior33 on April 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First Jay-Z drops the Black Album, then Kanye West hits us with The College Dropout, now Murs gives us another classic album. The beats are amazing thanks to 9th Wonder of course. and Murs gets very personal with his lyrics. Another thing I like about this album is that it's short, no filler, no skits, and every song is tight. The best 10 track album since Illmatic in my opinion. And since it's shorter than your average album I'll go through every track.
1. Intro - This is a short song but it's tight, I like the beat he talks over better than the beat he raps over. (4.5/5)
2. Bad Man - I love this song, the beat is sick and I like the voice in the background. (5/5)
3. 3:16 - Another tight beat and Murs rips it. (5/5)
4. The Pain - One of the slower songs on the album, Murs talks about how he can't get any women. (3.5/5)
5. Trevor An' Them - A funny story about how Murs bumps into his friend while he's robbing a liquor store. (4/5)
6. Freak These Tales - A great song about Murs' various relationships with women over another hot beat, I really like the chorus. (5/5)
7. H-U-S-T-L-E - This is a great song about how Murs used to try to hustle everythig except drugs. (5/5)
8. Walk Like A Man - This song starts out with a country type beat, then goes into a soulful beat, then finishes with a jazzy beat while Murs tells some personal stories. (4.5/5)
9. And This Is For... - This is a really deep song, Murs talks about how rappers nowadays are too flashy, and how he's losing all his black fans, and even though he has mostly white fans he's not selling as many albums as white rappers. (5/5)
10. The Animal (feat. Phonte) - The CD ends with a great appearance from Phonte of Little Brother. Murs tears it down once again, and the beat is tight, what more could you want? (5/5)
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