MURS w/ Prof, Fashawn

Nick Carter, professionally known as MURS is an American rapper. He is signed to the independent label Record Collection and is a member of the hip hop groups Living Legends, Felt, the 3 Melancholy Gypsys, and previously the "elusive" Log Cabin crew.

MURS released his first single in 1993, taken from a self-released album by his first group, 3 Melancholy Gypsies (aka 3MG).[1] The group became friends with Mystik Journeymen, and joined them in the Living Legends collective in 1996.[1]

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.[1] His debut solo album, The End of the Beginning, was released in the spring of 2003.[1] He also worked with Slug under the name Felt, taking a more experimental approach.[1] 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".[2] The track "Walk Like a Man" from that album inspired a film of the same name in which MURS starred along with Damien Wigfall.[1] 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.[1] This was preceded by Sweet Lord which was given away free to fans.

The bulk of the lyrics relate directly to MURS' personal experiences. In this vein, MURS lampoons the pigeonholes that MCs are known to fall into. He describes his music as "Sitcom Rap," because he's "able to take elements from everyday life and make it entertaining."[7] He often worries that his lyrics are "going over people's heads."[4]

MURS is a firm believer in bringing all races together through his music, and "pro-black rappers are doing it wrong. If you're dissing white people and 80% of the crowd is white, then you probably shouldn't do it because it's just disrespectful and you're making money off of shock value."[4]

Women are a common theme for MURS. He seeks inspiration from his real life. In an interview for HipHopHeadz, he said, "I guess that's one of the benefits to having this crazy life. I get to meet all types of girls and my friends get to meet all types of girls.[4]

Along with his "friends," MURS' biggest influences include E-40, Jay-Z and Sublime.[8] While many musicians are anti-filesharing, MURS is not. He doesn't want his fans to "feel bad if you downloaded the album. I really don't give a fuck. Hopefully you can take something away from what I said and find something to laugh about. That'd be great."

If Prof had things his way, people would think he was nothing more than a heavy-boozing, free-wheeling playboy. His lyrics are sometimes rude and usually downright crude. He boasts in his rhymes about how he’s pretty much the shit at everything. He’s even performed shows where he makes himself get so drunk he throws up before going on stage.

Unfortunately for Prof, there’s an underlying seriousness to his lyrics that he tries his hardest to cover with layer upon layer of party-perfect beats and rhymes. Growing up on the South Side of Minneapolis, Prof matured in step with the local hip-hop scene. In his 24 years, he’s seen some shit that can’t help but escape from his memory and into his songs, lending his lines the kind of wisdom that can only be born on hard city streets. He started free styling in eighth grade and, although he likes to have fun with his music, the swiftness of his rise to local fame shows how seriously he regards his rap career.

A rowdy young buck who loves a good time, Prof wants his music to inspire others to party it up with him. In a world where credibility is currency, Prof sticks a middle finger to those who feel hip-hop should be straight-faced and serious.

“Everyone’s trying to be a preacher or a politician— telling you how to live your life,” he says. “I’m not running for Senate. I’m doing this for fun and I don’t watch my mouth.”

Prof’s debut solo album, Project Gampo, definitely made a lasting impression on local music critics and hip-hop heads. “Prof is wall-to-wall here in all his glory, with clever one-liners out the ass, hyperactive and delicious vocab spills popped like collars- picture a supreme smartass with gorilla swagger and a mouth as fast as his mind… Point blank, this kid’s got more flavor and flow than all five of your favorite MCs combined.”

What did you do the year you turned 21? Hip Hop prodigy Fashawn
earned a spot on the cover of XXL magazine, toured the world, and built a
rep as one of rap's new rising stars.
Fashawn's debut album Boys Meets World was heralded by critics and
fans alike as one of the best albums of 2009 for its gritty, street-wise and
intelligent rhymes. Some even compared his introductory opus to Nas'
brilliant Illmatic. It was enough for XXL to name Fashawn to its list of Hip
Hop's best freshman.
Not content to just collect praise for his recorded work, Fash lived up to his
"Samsonite Man" raps and hit the road hard. He toured with Wu-Tang's
ironman Ghostface Killah, underground hero Brother Ali, and fellow rising
newcomer Wiz Khalifa. From coast to coast, and from continent to
continent, everyone agreed -- they weren't seeing some fly-by-night
novelty act, they were seeing one of hip-hop's freshest new voices.
Many took notice: He worked with Grammy-winning producers Dr. Dre, DJ
Khalil, The Alchemist, and of course mentor Evidence of Dilated Peoples.
Skateboard apparel company Etnies and urban clothing line Orisue both
turned to him for endorsements. Camp Woodward, the biggest extreme
sports camp in the world, recruited him to create a song and his
hometown's Fresno Grizzlies (AAA baseball) have made custom Fashawn
gear. So that's legendary hip-hop producers, international clothing lines
and a pro sports franchise all wanting to be part of Team Fashawn.
With a strong hip-hop pedigree (think Rakim's merciless rhymes plus
2pac's outlaw spirit plus Nas' effortless flow) and a loyal

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