Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
It's a Beautiful Thing
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
While Keith Murray's penchant for multisyllabic lyricism creates interesting (if not always linguistically accurate) moments, his stutter-step rhyme scheme simply isn't forceful enough to carry It's a Beautiful Thing, an a... more »
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While Keith Murray's penchant for multisyllabic lyricism creates interesting (if not always linguistically accurate) moments, his stutter-step rhyme scheme simply isn't forceful enough to carry It's a Beautiful Thing, an album that suffers from lethargic production and a dearth of concept. There are moments of excellence, such as Murray's pairing with Canibus for "Some Shit" and "Bad Day," his dark remake of Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day," but they're few and far between. For the most part, Murray starts off 1999 with an album that is listenable, just not necessarily likable. --Oliver Wang
The Lyrical Lexicon Is On Point!!! Easily Five Stars
Enlightened | Atlanta Georgia | 06/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Keith Murray is without a doubt one of my favorite emcees. He's just incredible. Mic presence, lyrics, flow, and attitude. He basically rips the mic everytime. This album was released before he went to jail for beating up someone and boom there's his street cred. Not like he never had it, but he got more. Plus his pals keeping his name in the public eye: Erick Sermon, LL Cool J, Redman and others, his comeback would be enormous. And enormous it was. The hyper- energetic Keith Murray happened to outshine LL Cool J, and Ludacris with his `badoonkadoonk' verse on 2001's summer anthem Fatty Girl. Then he outhypes Ghostface Killah and G Dep on the Special Delivery Remix. Where is the new album?!?!?!?!?Enough about that on to the review.
I remember when I first got this album and I played it out so much that I had to put it down for about two or three months. After that I picked it back up and continued to play it. I couldn't get enough of it. I tried to tell my friends about him but they was like naw he's wack and I was like ok. They didn't have a clue. Thank goodness this cd never got scratched; I don't know what I would have done. One thing's for sure, Keith Murray has skills and plenty of it.Keith Murray shows that he is one of the best in the game with When I Rap.
He proclaims that when he raps "competition perform disappearing acts" and brags about kicking verses with Father Time who "put the world on pause cause I monked his head up with a rhyme".
He proves he's as `Incredible' as LL Cool J with lines like ` 3 for 3 from the three point land, with more devastation than a nicca can withstand!' Lyrically he is incredible.
He outshines Canibus on Some Shhh where he is `dissin and pissing off of recognition of niccas that listen just to let you know how I'm livin"
He backs that up when he `Slaps Somebody' in the bodega because "nobody will never see his level" and because he "speaks with more technique than Karate".
Just peep Radio where he got the "skunky funky illest funk flow for the glamorous scandalous world of Radio", and on Media he claims that he can "turn a rap atheist into a def squad believer" and he will "make you nod ya head so much you need counseling".
With Life On The Street he says that ` you can sell a million records and be wack or you can have mad skillz and don't sell jack".
Ride With Us with Too Short and the Def Squad which is a pimp track where he says "you know damn well you can't stop our production".
He also gets High As Hell and `puts some Visine in his eyes so no one can tell'.
And on Bad Day he claims that `he aint the first and he won't be last, just look at how they did Pac and Tyson in the past' and that `his life done went from bad to worse'. "People wondering will I prevail or fail but only time will tell". Keith Murray has prevailed and needs to drop the highly anticipated comeback album.This Keith Murray album is simply a masterful album. This is only the second album which I have completely memorized; the first being Snoop's Doggystyle. That means this cd gets many spins from me and will continue to get spins. Packed with unforgettable quotables, tight production, battle rhyming, lifestyle tracks, laid back and personal tracks the cd comes together as a whole and not just a couple of songs with filler in between. It truly is a Beautiful Thing when you can listen to a whole cd and not get bored or tired and NEVER have to use the fast forward button. Even four years later I'm still listening to the entire cd and I'm still amazed at this talent. This is easily K. Murray's best album and I would advise anybody to pick this up if they like Hip Hop."