Music is life! Hip-Hop is more than a mere profession; its an encompassing passion, just ask Nick MURS Carter. Before his passport reflected a montage of global experiences, his life has been submerged in sound. Yes, prior to orchestrating annual Hip-Hop festivals, the West coast MC, spent years working at his South Central Los Angeles, family-owned, dry-cleaning business. Cocooned amid the cleaning cacophonyfans whirring, bells dinging (announcing arrivals), customers dictating instructionsmore often than not, MURS was in the back enveloped in rhyme. The headphones that he always wore became a teleportation device, instantly transporting him to his personal land of harmony. This emerging icon is capable of completing any job as long as its accompanied by a musical score.
Music is what I love. Not only doing it [as a] contributor, or artist, or legend, or figurewhateverIm a fan! Ive always been a fan; that will never change. I love this music through and through, the good, the bad, and the ugly! ForNever with , 9th Wonder, and The Melrose with ,Terrace Martin, are the most recent offerings from MURS vault of lyrical jewels. This refined wordsmith, grants AllHipHop.com, access to the Top5 five MCs that made him become a loyal Hip-Hop supporter.
AllHipHop.com: I want to get a succinct version of your Top 5 Dead Or Alive.
MURS: A succinct versionalright how are you doing maam; Im sorry.
AllHipHop.com: Im good, how are you doing?
MURS: Im alright. It wasIll get it again.
AllHipHop.com: Also, will you give me a little juice as to why you put these guys in your Top 5?
ICE CUBE & LL COOL J
MURS: Ice Cube and LL, because theyve done more than any rapper. Theyve extended the boundaries on their own, along with, Will Smith, but theyre better rappers than Will Smith. Theyre still relevant today. I think that either of them can still rap a decent verse and perform a decent show. To this day, both of them also rap still, because they love it. And thats a good thing, you know, because its definitely not about a pay checka million records or the making of just one movie?
LL COOL J
MURS: If hes doing 4,3,2,1 [featuring Method Man, Redman & DMX]; you know, I think LL Cool J is just dynamic!
MURS: Ice Cube is a godfather of Gangster Rap and the whole West coast movement. On any of Ice Cubes modern releases, I think that you can listen to what he says. He can still rap and he still gives a f***!
MURS: Hes just, an all around, most solid rapper. He sounds like no one; hes prolific! His business acumen is out of this world. Hes a great family man and entrepreneur. He has his own chain of Fat Burgers. He was the first rapper to get an independent label deal. A lot of people dont recognize him for thatbefore Master P, before anyoneit was 40 with Sick Wid It. He got a seven or eight figure deal from Jive in 92, which is unheard of. And still, at 40 years old, hes still dropping records today! To me, hes still untouched lyrically and stylistically.
MURS: Juvenile has always been amazing to meunderrated and amazing! I definitely think he was the greatest rapper to groom Lil Wayne; he definitely groomed and prepped Lil Wayne. Hes always been him. I love people who are unique and always stay them. When you hear Juvenile, you know its him. He doesnt deviate, but he still remains innovative, without deviating from the core of who he is.
JAY-Z & Q-TIP
MURS: Its always been Jay, but I think that recent stuff from Jay has broke my heart a little bit. But for me, Amplified, from Q-Tip, is probably my favorite solo album of all time. Hes a dynamic performer. I like his stuff, and I had to have a East coast rapper in there, somewhere. Its also that, too.
I have to mention Ms. Lauryn Hill and Andre 3000. But, theyve never made solo Rap records; so, I cant put them in the running.
MURSMeticulous, Unrelenting, Repertoire of Skills; or perhaps, Most, Underrated, Rapper, Standingwhat acronym accurately substantiates what MURS brings to Hip-Hop? He champions its essence by creating festivals like, Paid Dues, and challenges his peers to supersede mere Rap clichés. He demonstrates its purest essence. MURS, an enduring example of an MC, conjures hope that Hip-Hops Golden Years may yet again be revisited.