ALBUM REVIEW : MURS
ARTIST : HAVE A NICE LIFE
GENRE : RAP / HIP HOP
DATE RELEASED : 2015
After listening with “Have A Nice Life,” you would say that it is a relief to hear a rap song which is not so full anger and rage and instead raps about the good things and life, and the things that we need to be thankful, how to propagate the nice things in life. While in the first verse there is a certain element of bitterness towards other people, at the last verse you hear these words;
“Meditate on the better things, never dwell in self-doubt;
Sitting here waiting on you;
Because if love brought us up, what’s hating gonna do?”
The first song will make you want to listen more songs from Murs. And glad I did as I find the whole album full of hope. The songs do not have the usual themes and context that you hear in rap and hip hop songs. The songs in here are full of optimism, it is like the singer does not find anything ugly around his life instead, he sees beauty and appreciate whatever positive that comes into his life.
Even if Murs has gangster song in “Woke Up Dead”he just merely rap about his fears not on the effects of growing up in the hood. In “PTSD,” he raps about every day life in his neighbour and that’s just it, no sermons and no preachings. “Okey Dog” is one rap song that should rank up there as classic rap songs along the likes of “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, “Ice Ice Baby”by Vanilla Ice, and “Informer” by Snow’ has one of a kind musical treatment.
“Pussy and Pizza” has probably one of the most positive lines ever in a rap song and it goes like this “And since I moved up out of the hood, I don’t fuck with guns, live in the burbs, wake up and run.”” The track “Two Step” is another engaging rap song from Murs and he raps as if it he really owns the genre as there is a good musical background in this rap track. In “No More Control” he raps about stereotyping “niggers” in terms of achievement and failure. While this is not the first time this context was brought up by a black artist, this is one rap song where it tells directly no innuendos or not a single attempt to be poetic and artistic.
“Skatin’ Through The City”exploits his ability to produce good rap song with excellent narratives. The track “Anyways” probably is his intention to put irony in this album. While the whole concept is about hope, he desired for his people to discover what it is all about. The track just describes common scenes in the neighbourhood and it is up for the listeners to judge. “The Worst” probably is meant to be an apology by accepting his being weak to drive away temptation and as usual the girl is blame for the extra marital affair. Typical male thing, it is for the girl to decide based on these words:
“Do you know how I feel about you?”
“I love you, but I also love my wife.”
“Can, can, can you not text me in front of my wife?”
“Do you text me in front of my wife on purpose?”
“No, I really don’t.”
“Are you sure.”
“No, I’m positive.”
“So you want me to get a divorce.”
“Do you want to be with me?”
This is an enjoyable album more than you can think about. It is like reading “Chicken Soup For The Soul” book; full of interesting life stories. I rate this album 4 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it