Category Archives: The Mic is the Message

Artist Appreciation Post: Murs

The Latest Playlist: Murs

*Track listing at bottom of post


Check the latest playlist to hear my favorite tracks from one of the most important artists in independent hip-hop over the past 20 years.

Murs has dropped new music every year since 1997 through solo and collaborative projects (Living Legends, Felt, Murs & 9th Wonder, etc.). As an emcee he’s an exceptional storyteller that consistently promotes peace, love, and LA pride, and has provided fans with countless classics.  

His contribution to hip-hop goes far beyond his music. As an advocate of independent hip-hop, he’s worked tirelessly on a wide range of projects and collaborations aimed at promoting other independent hip-hop artists, most notably his annual “Paid Dues” festival that he organized from 2006-2013, in which he showcased most of the significant independent artists of that time. 

I’ve been a fan for many years and have been exposed to a lot of great hip-hop music either by or through Murs. He doesn’t get near the amount of credit he deserves, but independent hip-hop wouldn’t be what it is today without him.

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The Latest Playlist: Murs

Murs & 9th Wonder – Bad Man!

Murs & 9th Wonder – God Black/Black God

Murs & 9th Wonder – Funeral for a Killer

Murs – My Story

Murs – Love You Like This

Felt – Morris Day

Murs – A Lean Story

Murs & 9th Wonder – D.S.W.G. (Dark Skinned White Girls)

Murs & Fashawn feat. Adrian – This Generation

Murs – Skatin Through the City

Murs & 9th Wonder – L.A.

Felt – Don’t Do Me Like That

Murs & DJ.Fresh – Regulator

Murs – 4 the Record

Murs – Varsity Blues

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Five Track Friday #100


Medhane – Self Care

Wiki & NAH – Yonkers

Peter Rosenberg feat. Flee Lord & Stove God Cooks – Marcus Smart

Observe Since 98 – Eve of the Apocalypse

DMX feat. Westside Gunn, Benny the Butcher & Conway the Machine

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Five Track Friday #99


Navy Blue – Timberwolves

Sa-Roc – Wild Seeds

Mach-Hommy – Marie

Hus KingPin – Tell Me

McKinley Dixon – Bless the Child

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Five Track Friday #98


Kipp Stone – Bravado

Sideshow – plug gave me a LIBERATION FRONT

Berner – TD

Benny the Butcher, 38 Spesh & Elcamino – Blue Money

AKAI SOLO – Ruin On My Watch

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Five Track Friday #97


L’Orange & Namir Blade feat. Fly Anakin – Gassed Up

Topaz Jones – Buggin’

J.U.S. – Friends or Foe

Brwnsounds – Sometimes/Nevermind

Blvck Svm feat. Isaac Zale – Amg

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The Latest Playlist: Best of 2014


Run The Jewels – Lie, Cheat, Steal

Lakutis – Mumra

Step Brothers feat. Roc Marciano – See the Rich Man Play

Mello Music Group feat. Quelle Chris – Going Swell

Black Milk feat. Mel – Everyday Was

J. Cole – No Role Modelz

Hashfinger – Blue Mirage

Chuuwee – Cool World

PremRock – Lens

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Deeper

People Under the Stairs – Cool Story Bro

Anti-Lilly & Phoniks – Young G (Phoniks Remix)

Open Mike Eagle – Sadface Penance Raps

Cities Aviv – Perpetuate the Real

Black Knights – Sword in Stone

Willie the Kid & Bronze Nazareth feat. Roc Marciano – Avalon

The Grouch – My Best Teacher

Busdriver – Eat Rich

Intuition & Equalibrum – Weight Is Gone

L’Orange feat. Boog Brown – Until The Fall

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Five Track Friday #96


Eric Bobo & Stu Bangas feat. Khujo Goodie, Lonnie Lyle & The Wordsmith – Make Weight

J. Cole – i n t e r l u d e

CZARFACE & MF DOOM – Mando Calrissian

lojii – sposed2feel

The Alchemist feat. Boldy James & Sideshow – TV Dinners

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Quarantunes LV (2021 Notable Mentions Part II)

Since things are opening up and quarantine is ending, I present the final episode of Quarantunes. The 550 track series comes to a close with 10 notable tracks from 2021.


Malz Monday – Art Gallery

Gotham, Talib Kweli & Diamond D – Sons of Gotham

DJ Muggs & Rome Streetz – Stone Cold Soul

Cordae – Dream in Color

The Alchemist feat. Earl Sweatshirt & Navy Blue – Nobles

R.A.P. Ferreira & Scallops Hotel feat. Eldon Somers – rejoice

Bohemian Lonely – Myself

Tha God Fahim & Your Old Droog feat. Mach-Hommy – Tha Poverty Bothers Me

Vic Spencer – Bipolarism

Conway the Machine feat. Jae Skeese – Grace

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Five Track Friday #95


Cordae – Thornton Street

Awon & Phoniks ft. Masta Ace & DJ Ill Digitz – Everlasting Game

Citis Aviv – Mizuno

DJ Muggs & Flee Lord – The Equation

Prince Shakir – Eyez.

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Quarantunes LIV


Cavalier – Holla Kid

R.A.P. Ferreira – Absolutes

Prince Shakir – Tetris!

Marlon Craft – Roadtrippin

Locksmith feat. KXNG Crooked – Blasphemy

Eric Bobo & Stu Bangas feat. Reverie – Call It Like I See It

Billy Woods – Myth

The Alchemist feat. Roc Marciano – Harry O.

MAVI – Eye/I and I/Nation

JIG LeFrost & Blvck Svm – No Kizzy

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