Jun 2014
Matt Bourgault

Music Monday: Mursday and Mixtapes

Music Monday returns with a Murs collaboration and my thoughts on mixtapes.


Okay, so this title is a little misleading. I had originally planned on reviewing Chief Keef’s “Bang 3” and K Camp’s “Slum Lords,” but I’m not going to do that anymore for a few reasons.

First of all, “Bang 3” never came out. This is one of my fundamental gripes with mixtape culture. I know full albums get delayed all the time, but it just seems like the haphazard scheduling of mixtapes makes it happen more often.

And on the whole, mixtapes don’t really do it for me. Why would I take the time to here something you don’t even want to hit retail (he says, on his free blog)? ┬áIt’s just not my cup of tea.

If you still want to hear “Slum Lords,” here it is.

And now, let’s get to an actual album.

Mayday & Murs — Mursday

This album is a collaboration (something Murs is known for) between Murs and his new labelmates, Mayday. It is the introduction of sorts of Murs as a Strange Music artist, and that has me torn.

I’m a huge fan of Murs and nearly every project he’s done. His stuff with Fashawn and 9th Wonder (especially 9th Wonder) has been fantastic.

On the negative side though, I don’t like him signing to Strange Music. I recognize that Tech N9ne has skills and is a good businessman, but I am not really a fan of his. Plus, any record label that pays Big Scoob in 2014 is suspicious.

As for this project, though, it certainly falls into the “good” part of the scale. I had never heard of Mayday before, but they bring the energy when needed.

My only problems with the group is when they make the album too “Strange.” Whenever I do find fault in Murs’ work (and that is rare) it’s when I feel like he is pandering to a demographic.

I’m more of a traditional fan of hip-hop, which might be the reason I have such a problem with Strange Music as a label, so those songs don’t stick with me like they would to someone in the target audience.

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy when people go outside the box, like using a Spanish hook on “Serge’s Song.”

Overall, this is a decent album, but I would recommend Murs’ other work.