¡Mursday!

The Crocodile & ReignCity Present:

¡Mursday!

Murs, ¡Mayday!, Ces Cru, Kap Kallous

Sun, November 16, 2014

8:00 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

$16 Adv.

This event is all ages

¡Mursday!
¡Mursday!
Murs x ¡Mayday! = ¡Mursday!

“When we did our first record together, we really hit it off vibewise and we started kicking it with MURS every time we passed through his area on tour,” ¡Mayday!’s Wrekonize says. “Doing an album together really just came out of an organic friendship. He’s such a nice dude and he’s so talented. Plus, I’ve been a fan of his for 10-plus years, so it’s a great chance to work with someone that we’ve been fans of for a long time.”

Both MURS and ¡Mayday! are known for making music with heavy, serious and conscious themes. With ¡MursDay!, they decided to switch creative gears. “My intention was to make something that was light, that was celebratory,” MURS says. “I wanted to get with them and do something fun. Every time I’ve seen them, they’ve just been fun guys and I don’t feel like a lot of the stuff that’s released on Strange showcases that side of them, so we decided we wanted to do something more upbeat and fun. Also, both of our live shows are very high-energy and I wanted to do something that would translate well, so that when you see it live, the chemistry we had in the studio and on the album would all come together.”
Murs
Murs
He is one of the most successful and prolific independent rappers of all time. He has recorded a string of revered collaborative albums with Fashawn, 9th Wonder and Slug of Atmosphere (as Felt). He’s also the owner and founder of the groundbreaking Paid Dues festival, which highlights the best underground rap on the planet. But one thing MURS lacked was a definitive solo album. Until now.
Have A Nice Life, the Los Angeles rhymer’s debut solo album on Strange Music, encapsulates MURS’ far-reaching personality and sensibilities while arriving as a cohesive project that nonetheless vacillates between being humorous, serious, intense, street and socially aware.
“My former manager told me this is supposed to be the ‘quintessential MURS album,’” MURS says. “A lot of people said to her, ‘I know MURS from Paid Dues and I know him from being around, but I don’t know who he is or what he does.’ Jay Z is the ex-crack dealer, hustler rapper. Rick Ross is the Tony Montana rapper. I feel like I have a duality and I’m hard to classify. There’s a duality to the album. It’s conscious, but it’s still street. I was going to call is Love & Rockets Vol 2 initially, but Have A Nice Life is just something that always seems to catch people off guard when I say it. It always evoked an emotion, so I figured, ‘Why not make it the title of the album?’”
MURS came full circle while making Have A Nice Life, reconnecting with childhood friend and platinum, Grammy-nominated producer Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Kelly Clarkson, Kosha Dillz), who produced the majority of the project and helped shape its sonic vision. Friends for 20 years, Shatkin worked with MURS on his 2003 album, …The End Of The Beginning, and is more in tune with MURS’ musical sensibility than any other producer.
So when they began recording, the pair made a bold statement with their first song, “No More Control.” With driving drums and heavy synths, MURS raps about a wide range of topics, from having the world in his hand, coming up in the ghetto and the significance of the, Black Lives Matter movement. It’s MURS’ world, a world of drug dealers, comic books, white girls, real brothas, skateboards and bandanas.
“I wanted to lay down my intentions for this record, which is to lay down who I am, where I come from and what my struggle has been,” MURS says. “Initially ‘Control’ was a two-verse song. Then everything with Ferguson happened after that with the Black Lives Matter movement, so I came back and added a third verse. That’s the exclamation point on a point of view that I don’t think has been recorded yet.”
MURS then examines, in detail, Los Angeles gang life on the story-driven “Okey Dog” and explores the adverse effects of living in the ghetto on the charged “PTSD,” a stark collaboration with E-40.
“No one treats us for that,” MURS says, referring to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. “No one respects us. The majority of America can’t respect that we’re dealing with a group of children – my generation – that has the same thing we’re complaining that war vets can’t get care for. I sympathize with them, as well, because I know what it’s like.”
While some of Have A Nice Life focuses on societal ills, several songs center on another one of MURS’ favorite topics: women. With “Mi Corazon,” for instance, he raps in Spanish and English about falling for Letty, a half Mexican-half Salvadorian girl he met at a party. After dropping Letty off, MURS nearly gets jumped by two guys who don’t approve of their relationship. Fortunately, the police intervene. “That’s happened to me a couple times in my life where I’m like, ‘Thank God you guys came by to racially profile me because I was actually about to get my ass beat,’” MURS says.
MURS shifts gears with “The Worst,” a cautionary tale of a married rapper battling the temptations of the road. MURS based the song on stories he’s heard about side chicks wrecking relationships.
“Being a married man, I’m definitely familiar with the temptation,” he says. “The story isn’t true. I’ve never cheated on my wife. Not cheating on your wife and being in my profession is like being in recovery from alcoholics anonymous. You don’t ever say you’re not an addict. I treat every day like I’m a potential cheater and that way I don’t cheat. So, that song serves as a warning to me and a warning to others.”
Though his music often deals with high stakes situations, MURS has settled into a good business groove now that he’s signed to Strange Music. After recording a string of one-off albums for the majority of his career, Have A Nice Life stands as MURS’ debut solo project on Strange Music, following 2014’s collaborative album with ¡Mayday!, ¡MursDay!
¡MursDay! formally introduced MURS to the Strange fanbase, kicking open the door for him to become a fixture at the independent powerhouse. After working with the imprint on music and tours, MURS was glad to join the label.
“I believe that the people who work for Strange Music are good people and that they want to see me succeed and they want to see the label succeed,” MURS says. “It’s good to have that for once.”
And with Have A Nice Life, MURS has a project poised to have him succeed in ways he never has before.
¡Mayday!
¡Mayday!
Traditionally, “mayday” is an attention grabbing distress signal, so, it’s no wonder that the Miami-based hip-hop group ¡MAYDAY! is generating a sound way too strong for anyone to tune out.

Starting out as a 2-man project ¡MAYDAY! has since evolved into a full-fledged 6-man band with a buzz so loud that it came to the attention of hip-hop mogul Lil’ Wayne who had to stop and take notice. He invited the band, which consists of MCs Bernz and Wrekonize, producer/guitarist Plex Luthor, bassist/keyboardist Gianni Ca$h, drummer L.T. Hopkins and percussionist NonMS, to be his on-screen band in 3 of his videos (“Get A Life,” “Da Da Da,” and “On Fire”), had them perform at his 2010 Super Bowl party, and then gave them the ultimate high-five by wearing a ¡MAYDAY! t-shirt in his “Get A Life” video and proclaiming himself the next member of the band. It doesn’t stop with Lil Wayne – as the #1 indie rapper alive, Tech N9ne quickly signed the band to his Strange Music label. So far, the relationship has proved fruitful. The band completed two US Strange Music tours, including the record breaking 90 shows in 99 days Hostile Takeover tour with Tech and Machine Gun Kelly; produced the entire Tech N9ne Klusterfuk EP which hit #1 on the indie Billboard charts; released their Billboard top 100 charting Strange debut album, Take Me To Your Leader, and most recently, released their new EP, Thirft Store Halos, which quickly hit #3 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts on the first day of release. Numerous platinum and buzz-worthy artists and producers such as Cee-Lo, David Banner, Black Thought (The Roots), SpaceGhostPurrp, NORE, Jim Jonsin (TI, Lil’ Wayne, Kid Cudi), Ace Hood and more have stepped up to work with the ¡MAYDAY! crew.

¡MAYDAY!‘s distinctive fusion of urban and alt.rock is pushing the boundaries of music as they flex their muscles in areas of funk that hip-hop has yet to explore. Their attention to detail (they write, arrange, mix and produce all the music themselves) and explosive live show is impossible to ignore. Miami Magazine said of their performance: “¡MAYDAY!‘s musical mash-up fuels both its frenzied live shows and a new album that oozes Miami cool.” ¡MAYDAY!‘s signature style has already caught the ear of media outlets like MTV, XXL, RapRadar, HipHopDX, 2DopeBoyz and more, and as DJ Khaled proclaimed: “¡MAYDAY! is headed to the top floor.”

After premiering the video for their Cee-Lo assisted single “Groundhog Day” on Youtube, the clip achieved a record-breaking 2 million plus views in less than two days and garnered attention from The New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, NBC 6 Evening News and Inside Edition. Later that year “Groundhog Day” was featured on HBO’s Entourage. Other songs including “Watching Me” from ¡MAYDAY!’s debut album, have been used in video games (NBA Street Homecourt 2007) and television, including Stuck on an Island’s “On 2 Somth’n” which was featured in ABC Family’s popular show Lincoln Heights.

¡MAYDAY! has long been a force in the Miami underground scene. Live ¡MAYDAY! puts on an impressive show with a exhilarating party vibe. The Miami Herald said ¡MAYDAY! “…captures the electric excitement of a city on the verge of a breakthrough” and the Miami New Times called them “…one of Miami’s hardest-hitting bands.” After the release of their self-titled debut album, URB Magazine placed ¡MAYDAY! In their next 20 Artists to Watch and MTV chose them as one of the Freshmen Five giving them opportunities to travel the US performing to packed houses with a spectrum of artists ranging from Daft Punk to Big Boi to Method Man and Goodie Mob.

¡MAYDAY! is a band that fits right in, but their sound is different. It’s live, hard-hitting, future brand of music posted up somewhere between rock and a hard place, strangely familiar, yet brand new.
Ces Cru
Ces Cru
Ces Cru comes up with a new acronym for each of its releases. But after feeling held somewhat captive by the title of 2013's Constant Energy Struggles, Ubiquitous and Godemis felt creatively liberated when they settled on Codename: Ego Stripper as the title of its second Strange Music album.

"On Constant Energy Struggles, I felt like we were constantly defining what that meant from song to song," Ubiquitous says. "On this one, we're not spelling it out for you."

"The thing that appealed to me about that name is that you couldn't put a finger on exactly what that meant," Godemis adds. "I felt like that was a good angle to come from in writing the music, with no preconceived ideas. I thought that it would open up our writing and draw people in."

The Kansas City duo showcases this newfound latitude on the skeletal "Sound Bite." Sans chorus, Ubiquitous and Godemis deliver stunningly intricate, braggadocio tag-team raps for three-and-a half minutes. "It really showcases our lyrical talent," Godemis says of the Internet hit that has logged more than 70,000 YouTube views in about two weeks. "The beat's kind of empty in a way to where your ear's not taken away by a lot of other different things. The lack of a hook is suicide in a way, I guess, but it's for another MC or a connoisseur of hip-hop."

Ces Cru then flexes its sociopolitical muscles on the masterful "Axiom," a meditation on everything from making a positive change in the world to the War on Drugs and the concept of freedom. In addition to the lyrical heft Ubiquitous and Godemis demonstrate, producer Michael "Seven" Summers adds stirring sonic layers throughout the song. "I really like the pianos that start popping up during Godemis' verse," Ubiquitous says. "The whole front half of the song feels different than the back half. By the end, you're rocking out to the piano. It's a beautiful, thoughtful piece."
Kap Kallous
Kap Kallous
Florida all-star and OZONE representative Kap Kallous is the embodiment of an MC in terms of versatility and style. His artistic range can either send you on a cinematic journey through deep emotional experiences or embody you with the passion to rip your enemies face off. This aggressive and unapologetic rapid-fire style works as the cohesive force that formulates his music. less
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
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