March 14th, 2012 marked the Official 2012 SXSW Showcase presented by Quality Control Marketing and Flud Watches. The Malaia Upstairs was packed all night to a classic lineup featuring Murs, Nottz and DMP, MED, J. Pinder and more. Directed by Erick Lee, enjoy the video re-cap from that evening…
Murs‘ latest project, Yumiko: Curse Of The Merch Girl, isn’t the rappers first music/comic collaboration. That would be his Felt project with Slug. But his current collaboration with writer Josh Blaylock and artists Jose Garcia and Juan Urueta is an ambitious graphic novel and accompanying album, that you can pick up via Kickstart.
“Gods Gone Crazy” gives a nice sample of what to expect, both musically and visually, from the mythical story of a a girl working the merch table for her boyfriend’s band. It might just tempt you do lay down some duckets—with pricing that goes from a $5 shout out on Twitter to the $2500 chance to perform your favorite Murs song onstage with the man himself (no, seriously).
Hailing from the West Coast’s Quannum Projects (home to DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Tommy Guerrero, etc.) Lateef The Truthspeaker is a longtime MC with deep histories that precede him. As half of Latyrx (with Lyrics Born), half of Mighty Underdogs (with Gift Of Gab), and half of The Maroons (with Chief Xcel), there hasn’t been a shortage of work from the Oakland native. What is noteworthy is that, after all these years, all the tours, all the revered tracks, and a Grammy to boot, Lateef finally debuted with a long-awaited solo album, Firewire.
“I’m very happy with it,” he says of the new album. “I always try to keep busy but it was nice to finally focus on just my own songs.” Lateef’s focus has been what’s driven him and his crew since they were college-aged kids in the early ‘90s, known as the Solesides collective. It’s this early work that catapulted their subsequent careers, a body of work that ranks amongst the best the West has ever offered. And while “Lateef” translates as “gentle” in Arabic, Lateef the Truthspeaker is a vicious MC with a catalogue that precedes him. Here, we talk with this son of Black Panthers about work ahead in both political and musical realms, touching on some history, the time he battled Murs, the forming of Latyrx, old recordings and of course anticipated new ones.
Respected MC Murs built his name and reputation on bringing his unique brand of truth and creativity to hip-hop. His current release Love and Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation, a collaboration with super-producer Ski Beatz, is just what the title suggests: a treatise on relationships, life, and evolution. Murs emphasizes that this album’s theme is about the “balance of yin and yang” and that his goal was “to make something, positive, powerful, and inspiring.” Whether it is through touring, his music, or his annual Paid Dues Festival, Murs works hard to create the music that his fans expect while not being afraid to show his evolution as a man. …MORE