MURS,borned as Nicholas Carter, is one of the most significant American underground rappers. MURS was a member of the hip hop groups such as Living Legends along with Luckyiam, Sunspot Jonz, The Grouch, Scarub, Eligh, Aesop Fables, Bicasso and Arata, 3 Melancholy Gypsys and many more. He was also the lead vocalist of The Invincibles along with Whole Wheat Bread. Recently, we had a chance to chat with him and today you can read our new and very interesting interview with MURS.
Beat-Town: First of all, we want to thank you for talking with us for our website. In May 18th you will release your upcoming album “Have A Nice Life”. How do you feel about this album?
MURS: I’m really looking forward to the release of this album. This will be my biggest album yet. The production is really special. This album will really define my sound going forward.
B: We have listened to songs like “Okey Dog” & “No More Control” from your upcoming project. What else should we expect from this album?
M: You can expect more honest and moving music. Some laughter, some sadness and some uplifting messages. Lots of love overall. I feel that’s what the world needs more of and definitely what hip hop culture needs more of.
B: Beside the album, what are your plans for the rest of 2015? Heavy touring? Some interesting guest appearances on projects from fellow artists?
M: Yes, I have lots of shows planned for this year. Some videos and hopefully a film or two. And yes I will be appearing on some tracks with other artists. Definitely look for me on the new Mayday! album Future Vintage. And the entire Strange Music roster will be putting our all into Strangulation vol. 2.
B: In the last weeks you held some interviews along with Tech N9ne. How did you end up being signed with the exceptional Strange Music?
M: I first met Tech in 2008 when I invited him to perform at my Paid Dues festival. He in turn invited me to perform on his Sickology 101 tour. And from there the relationship gradually evolved into what you see today.
B:You have worked together with great artists like Kendrick Lamar, El-P, RJD2, Tech N9ne, Aesop Rock, Snoop Dogg, E-40 and many more. Are there any special reasons behind your picks of guest rappers and guest appearances in general?
M: I love good music. And I follow my ear and heart wherever it takes me. I am thankful it has lead me to work with so many awesome artists. And I’m hoping to continue collaborate with other great artists for as long as I can.
B: How do you feel about Hip Hop nowadays? Are there any artists that stand out in the current generation?
M: I think hip hop is in a great place now. Graffiti and DJ’ing have made great strides in the past couple of decades. I am really inspired by what’s going on in B-Boying right now. Red Bull BC one and all of the other great competitions that are happening. I feel it should be an Olympic event soon. B-boying is to hip hop culture what soccer/football is to sports. It brings all nations together. As for rap I love where its going there so many different styles. And it’s not only the gangster music that is getting support now. There’s a lot more positive music coming out. I enjoy it all. I love the balance.
B: There are some readers who might be wondering what the acronym “MURS is standing for. How did you start rapping? Any people in particular that helped you out during your first steps?
M: Murs originally stood for Making the Universe Recognize and Submit. I believe that reading a lot helped me out in my earlier years along with freestyling all the time. And writing constantly staying in practice just like any other craft it has to be done daily to be mastered.
B: Have you ever visited Greece before?
M: No but I would LOVE to!!!
B: Thank you again for giving us the chance to chat with you. Do you have any last words for your Greek fanbase?
M: To all my fans in Greece thank you for your support and I hope to see you soon.
Find MURS on:
Official website: http://www.mursworldstore.com/
Panagiotis Christoulakis & Hektor Apostolopoulos