About the album, MURS comments, “You don’t really know who you are until you hit rock bottom. I’m reaffirming that I’m not broken. After everything happened, I had nothing I wanted to say musically. I was in the midst of so much shit that I really couldn’t speak on where I was…Because I didn’t know where I was. November was seven-and-a-half months after my son died. I spent the summer with my oldest son. I was getting back to normal little by little. I thought I could stay at the bottom and wallow, but I had Strange Music reserve the release date two years ago. They pressed me to stick to the deadline. It worked. I’ve always made vulnerable music and been through some things. However, it was nothing like the last four years. So, I screamed back into the abyss.”Seven adds, “MURS is an artist that I’ve always wanted to work with, but never thought I’d get the opportunity. So, being able to make this album with him was a big deal to me. I tried to produce it from a fan’s perspective—just trying to make the songs I would want to hear him on. I thought that approach made it feel inspired. It’s a personal body of work forth of us, and it was therapeutic. It’s definitely something new and different for my career.”
Here’s a brand new video from MURS for the track “So Close So Far” off his latest LP, A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable. The project dropped in March and is completely produced by Strange Music’s in-house producer, Seven.
In the video for “So Close So Far,” MURS portrays a therapist helping a couple sort out their issues. MURS, no stranger to vulnerability, opens up about his relationship struggles and the work he and his partner have put in to keep their love strong, even through the darkest times.
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A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable catalogs the most trying four years of the acclaimed MC’s life. From the dissolution of his marriage and his mother falling ill to the tragic stillbirth of his son, MURS emerges with a poignant, powerful, and poetic body of work. Produced exclusively by Stange Music in-house production impresario Seven, the record features a powerhouse guest list with Tech N9ne on “Same Way”, Fashawn & Prof on “G Lollipops,” Propaganda on “Powerful,” John Givez on “Midtown,” XV on “Whiskey & Patron,” and more in addition to contributions from musicians such as Patrick Page [The Internet], punk rock icon Chuck Treece [McRad], and Dear White People composer Kris Bowers, among others.
For over two decades, MURS has fearlessly rapped with power, poise, and purpose. Picking up a mic in high school, he founded 3 Melancholy Gypsys before logging time in influential West Coast collective Living Legends. Following his 1997 solo debut F’Real, he unleashed a string of underground classics, including The End of the Beginning for EL-P’s Definitive Jux , the major label breakout Murs for President , and the critically acclaimed Have A Nice Life . The latter earned praise from the likes of Pitchfork, HipHopDX, and XXL who wrote, “Murs utilizes the full arsenal of his skills to craft an album with the same passion as an artist introducing himself to the world for the first time.” Most recently, 2017’s Captain California maintained that momentum and went Top 25 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart.
Simultaneously, he remains the consummate “rapper’s rapper.” Between six lauded collaborative releases with 9th Wonder, he joined forces with Sacha Jenkins and iconic Bad Brains bassist Daryl Jennifer in The White Mandingos and shared bars with everybody from Kendrick Lamar and E-40 to Snoop Dogg and Warren G. 2016 saw him make history by setting a Guinness World Record by “Rapping for 24 Hours Non-Stop” during a Twitch.tv livestream. Entering the studio in November 2017 with producer Michael “Seven” Summers, a series of trials and tribulations triggered the 14 songs comprising his 15th full-length and fourth for Strange Music, the aptly titled A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable—which drops on his fortieth birthday March 16, 2018.