Nicholas Carter (born March 16, 1978), better known by his stage name Murs, is an American rapper. His name is an acronym (or backronym) that he himself has created multiple meanings for such as "Making the Universe Recognize and Submit" or "Making Underground Raw Shit."
Murs is a former member of hip hop groups such as Living Legends along with Luckyiam, Sunspot Jonz, The Grouch, Scarub, Eligh, Aesop, Bicasso and Arata, and current member of 3 Melancholy Gypsys along with Scarub and Eligh,Felt along with Slug, and Melrose along with Terrace Martin. He is also a lead vocalist of The Invincibles along with Whole Wheat Bread. He also set a Guinness World Record for rapping for 24 hours non-stop (October 13, 2016) during a live stream on Twitch.tv.
On June 11, 2013, Murs released an album as lead vocalist of a band called The White Mandingos. The album is titled The Ghetto is Tryna Kill Me.
On December 14, 2016, Murs and label Strange Music announced upcoming album Captain California set for release in early 2017.
Murs formed 3 Melancholy Gypsys with fellow Alexander Hamilton High School classmates Scarub and Eligh. The group became friends with Mystik Journeymen, and joined them in the Living Legends collective in 1996. His solo debut album, F'Real, was released on Veritech in 1997.
Alongside Slug, Murs has been part of the group Felt since 2002.The End of the Beginning, his debut album on Definitive Jux, was released in 2003. Murs released Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, an album entirely produced by 9th Wonder, in 2004. Taking a more thoughtful approach than gangster rappers, it 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". After another collaborative 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. It was preceded by Sweet Lord which was given away free to fans.
Murs released Varsity Blues 2, a follow-up to his Varsity Blues EP, with production duties handled by Aesop Rock, Terrace Martin and Droop-E in 2011. He released This Generation, a collaborative album with Fashawn, in 2012.
Murs was invited by Sacha Jenkins, a hip hop journalist, to join the group The White Mandingos, a collaboration between Jenkins and Bad Brains bassist Daryl Jenifer. They released their first album, The Ghetto is Tryna Kill Me, on June 11, 2013 under the Fat Beats record label. Murs has stated that the recording is a loose concept album about a man from the hood who struggles to maintain his identity while recording as a rock artist. The band members have acknowledged that the album is partially based on their own experiences.
On February 7, 2014, it was announced via Tech N9ne's Facebook page that Murs was signed to his record label Strange Music.
Murs and his ex-wife Kate have one adopted child. He is an advocate for gay rights; the video for his song "Animal Style" features his character kissing another man.
Video game appearances
- ^ "LAist Interview: MURS". LAist. October 7, 2008. Archived from the original on December 11, 2008.
- ^ Eric K. Arnold (April 1, 2005). "The Living Legends' Hip-Hop Masterpiece". XLR8R. Archived from the original on October 26, 2013.
- ^ Anna Almendrala (May 18, 2012). "LACMA Hip Hop Concerts: Murs Of 3MG Kicks Off Summer Series (VIDEO, PHOTOS)". The Huffington Post.
- ^ Adam Figman (November 30, 2009). "Felt - Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez". URB. Archived from the original on February 13, 2010.
- ^ "Murs & Terrace Martin: On Melrose (Music Video)". Baller Status. January 5, 2011.
- ^ "Murs & Whole Wheat Bread Are The Invincibles (Free EP + Video)". Okay Player. July 6, 2012.
- ^ a b Frannie Kelley (August 13, 2013). "The White Mandingos: Music That Defies Definition". National Public Radio.
- ^ "MURS Announces New Album And Releases New Track - Strange Music, Inc". Strange Music, Inc. 2016-12-14. Retrieved .
- ^ "LACMA: Through The Mic featuring Murs and 3MG". The 5th Element Magazine. May 31, 2012.
- ^ Bradley Torreano. "MURS Biography". Allmusic.
- ^ Luke Fox (November 2011). "Murs - Interviews". Exclaim!.
- ^ Tom Breihanon (September 3, 2009). "Aesop Rock, Atmosphere's Slug, and Murs Team for Felt 3". Pitchfork Media.
- ^ Matt Kallman (April 23, 2003). "Murs: The End of the Beginning". Pitchfork Media.
- ^ Rollie Pemberton (March 15, 2004). "Murs: Murs 3:16 - The 9th Edition". Pitchfork Media.
- ^ Gill, Andy (9 April 2004). "Album: Murs". The Independent.
- ^ Peter Macia (March 21, 2006). "Murs: Murray's Revenge". Pitchfork Media.
- ^ Michael Denslow (October 15, 2008). "Album Review: Murs - Murs For President". Consequence of Sound.
- ^ Omar Mouallem (September 2008). "Murs & 9th Wonder - Sweet Lord". Exclaim!.
- ^ Jake Paine (April 13, 2011). "Murs Releases Sequel "Varsity Blues 2," Production By Aesop Rock, Droop-E". Hip Hop DX.
- ^ Luke Fox (September 24, 2012). "Murs & Fashawn - This Generation". Exclaim!.
- ^ Jay Balfour (July 5, 2013). "The White Mandingos Analyze Adam Yauch's Role In Their Formation". Hip Hop DX.
- ^ Jake Crates (March 4, 2013). "Murs and New Group "The White Mandingos" Announce New Concept Album". All Hip Hop.
- ^ Rys, Dan (2014-02-07). "Murs Signs With Tech N9ne's Strange Music - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved .
- ^ Kate Marie Carter. "Instagram post by Kate Marie Carter o May 23, 2017 at 4:51am UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017.
- ^ Baker, Soren (May 17, 2013). "Murs Adopted Two Kids To "Help Change Someone's Life" | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHopDX". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ Hernandez, Victoria (June 22, 2015). "Murs Explains Why He Returned His Older Son To Foster Care". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved .
- ^ Grindley, Lucas (July 14, 2012). "Rapper Murs Kisses Another Man to Call Out Hip Hop Homophobes | Advocate.com". The Advocate. Here Media. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ Burra, Kevin; Wong, Curtis M (September 16, 2012). "Murs' 'Animal Style' Video: Rapper Supports Gay Rights, Kisses A Man In New Clip (GRAPHIC)". The Huffington Post. AOL. Retrieved 2015.
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