Stay Current with the Pick of the Day: MURS

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Know him: Ever wish you could satisfy your lust for hip-hop without overlooking messages that degrade women, glamorize gun and drug culture, and are willfully un-empathetic? Whether you are a casual fan or a longtime student of the game, MURS (“Making the Universe Recognize and Submit” or “Making Underground Raw Shit”) is a force you must contend with if you’re thinking of putting hip-hop in a box. A hard-working and slightly off-kilter old school MC since the mid-’90s, in his multi-varied work MURS embraces emotional confession, marriage equality, introspection, temperance, peace, general positivity, and even soccer. Hear him: In “God’s Work,” a song from 2003’s solo effort The End of the Beginning, MURS details the trials of a laboring MC and family man in a disarmingly objective fashion. This track is the quintessential statement of MURS the rapper, a grounded and patient perspective longing to connect. “If I don’t rap every night, I might lose a fan,” he raps, “So even if I got the flu I got a mic in my hand.” That’s the kind of diligence that has lead him to be involved in over 20 releases, both solo and collaborative, since 1996’s UHB by hip-hop collective Living Legends. Latest albums This Generation (with Fashawn who will also be performing) and The Final Adventure (with producer 9th Wonder) find the 34 year-old Californian wise, intensely focused, and with a cleverer-then-ever wordplay. The energy is there and the music provides the perfect vehicle for MURS to deliver his message of renewal and love to an audience and a genre that are wilting for such a hope to believe in. See him: MURS, taking the stage alongside a cast of collaborators and opening acts, offers a different kind of hip-hop show experience from some of the other major rappers who trickle through Saytow with increasing frequency. Expect positive vibes, tongue-twisted diary entries, and social and political commentary, all delivered with a fierce molten confidence and no-bullshit enthusiasm. This might be the closest many of us will ever get to the grassroots pulse of the original New York and Los Angeles rap scenes. MURS is a street scholar bringing hard-edged knowledge and constantly sharpening his eye for solutions, over tracks ranging from punk-pop stylings to simple and sparse backyard beats. $12-$15; 8pm-midnight Sun, Feb 10; The Korova, 107 E Martin, (210) 707-4521, facebook.com/thekorova. Check out our full online calendar of upcoming events here: calendar.sacurrent.com.

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