Murs Talks Real Rap: "The Only Reason I'll Do an Arena Tour Is Having My Own Private Bathroom to Take a Shit In"
Are you reactionary like a poet? Reacting to the day? Or more spiritual and/or philosophical? Do you muse on past experiences and memories?
I would say I'm both. My newest album with 9th Wonder, The Final Adventure, is a perfect example. There are songs like "Whatuptho," where I'm giving my opinion on the current state of rap. Or "Tale of Two Cities," where I talk about the ongoing genocide and gentrification taking place in South Los Angeles. There are also songs like "Funeral for a Killer" and "Dance with Me," the loss of a friend and the loss of a lover, respectively. And as far as spiritually, "A Better Way" is my attempt at reworking Hammer's "Pray."
I would imagine that you derive pleasure from all your work. But between podcasting, touring, and your extensive body of recorded work, which of Murs's many fields of practice brings Murs the most pleasure?
Like everyone else, I probably derive the most pleasure from not working. Going to Comic-Con or Disney or just sitting on my couch watching TV. But within my scope of work, I really enjoy writing and recording, even coming up with the artwork and video concepts. I enjoy all my projects, especially before they're released, when it's still like my little secret.
You're no stranger to the festival circuit. What are your opinions of situations like that as opposed to over-bloated; almost 80's arena rock tours some "bigger name" rap/hip-hop acts seem to be gravitating towards these days?
I was just speaking about this with Prof and MC from MPLS, who are also on this tour with us. The only reason I want to and will do an arena tour one day is so that I can have my own personal private bathroom to take a shit in before and after I go on.
I also can't front ... The Katy Perry 3D movie made me want to do a stadium/arena run too. It looked so awesome. Other than that, I really enjoy the intimacy of playing smaller rooms.
And on that note, what are your feelings/opinions/desires for rap and hip-hop in 2013? More true talent and originality rising to the top as it did in 2012. And as I always think the rap world and the world in general could use some more positivity. Smile.
Any chance to see more stuff with our beloved Whole Wheat Bread?
Probably not. So I recommend everyone Google and download our free EP, Murs and Whole Wheat Bread are The Invincibles. And play it over and over again till it becomes a part of you. And who knows if I get this house on Jax beach and season tickets to the Jags. We may get the band back together.
What's next? Recordings? Collaborations? Charities? Shit, with your schedule and work habits, I wouldn't be surprised if you tried out for the LA Galaxy and eclipsed Beckham in popularity.
Becks is amazing. I am humbled by the comparison. Next up is completing This Generation World Tour with Fashawn. I believe Brazil and Australia are next for us. And I am releasing a new album this summer. Well, actually, it's a band with Sacha Jenkins, founder of Ego Trip magazine and Darryl Jennifer of Bad Brains, called The Whitemandingos. The album is a rap/punk rock opera about a kid named Tyrone White. The album is called The Ghetto's Trying To Kill Me.
Murs's Road to Paid Dues Tour. With Prof, Fashawn, and DJs Foundation and Fundo. Friday, February 15. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $15 plus fees via completeticketsolutions.com. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com.
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