American rapper Murs weaves clever and often humorous rhymes inspired by old school hip-hop. Born Nicholas Carter in South Central, Los Angeles, Murs first appeared as a solo artist in 2003, after nearly a decade of working with various groups in the underground. His first single was released in 1993, and came from a self-released album by his first group, 3 Melancholy Gypsies. The track barely made a dent, but it did catch the attention of indie hip-hop fans in the area. Over time, the group members became friends with Mystik Journeymen, who asked 3MG (their shortened name) to join them when they started the Living Legends collective in 1996.
Between both 3MG and the Living Legends, Murs rapped on several influential indie rap albums, appearing on more than 20 records, EPs, and singles within a seven-year period. When El-P started to pull together his Def Jux label, Murs contacted the producer and told him he would release his solo record for the company once he had the opportunity. His commitments to both the Legends and 3MG often kept him from working on the album, but after a few years of slowly putting together tracks, Murs finally delivered The End of the Beginning in the spring of 2003.
The next year, Murs broke the Guinness World Record for longest non-stop rapping when he spit over 24 hours of rhymes in October 2016. Months later, he released the single "GBKW (God Bless Kanye West)," a dramatic piano-and-strings track about mental health awareness and the struggles of surviving the streets. The song appeared on his 2017 release Captain California. Peaking in the Top 25 of the Billboard Independent chart, the album featured the single "Lemon Juice" with Curtiss King, as well as guests Rexx Life Raj and Krizz Kaliko. A year later, Murs returned with A Strange Journey Into the Unimaginable. ~ Bradley Torreano & Neil Z. Yeung