By Lilia Esnayra
The world of underground hip hop has changed drastically over the years. One things for sure the talent that the industry has put out is undeniable. Underground hip hop artist Murs first hit the scene in the mid-nineties as him and a few other high school friends started the group 3 Melancholy Gypsies. In 1996 Murs merged with another group and collectively formed the group Living Legends.
In 2002 once again Murs combined his talent with other talent, this time it was with Slug from underground hip hop group Atmosphere. Together both masterminds created the group Felt. In 2002, Felt released their first album and went on to create 2 more albums that would pave the way to Murs’ success in the hip hop industry.
In 2003 the Oakland native released this debut album The End of the Beginning. Critics claim this was one of the best albums released by the artist. It is said to have been the most refreshing album that hit the industry in many years. Murs has since went on and created many more albums that inspire many. His style is fresh and is true to his fan base. He speaks real lyrics that are true to the heart of hip hop. In 2012 Murs advocated for equal rights in the gay community, his goal was to end homophobic ideals in the hip hop world. In his music video for Animal Style, the rapper is seen kissing another man, his message was to bring attention to the unequal rights that occur in the community. He quoted, “With this one I wanted to challenge the listener to as themselves: Is love shared by two people of the same gender, really that different than the love I have for my partner of the opposite sex?” Murs had brought much talent to the hip hop world and continues to shed light on social issues, which makes him one of the best rappers around.