Thursday, April 3, 2014

Revisiting Keith Murray's "The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World"

It's a little crazy that up until now I haven't done a post on Keith Murray. As usual, better late than never! Like most fans, I first heard Mr. Murray on Erick Sermon's "Hostile." This was a hell of an introduction, and Erick would likely be the first to tell you he stole the show with his verse. Check it out below!

After that one verse, the buzz was on for Keith Murray. In addition to dropping some dope freestyles on mixtapes with Doo Wop and Funkmaster Flex, just to name two, and a couple of guest appearances, he released his debut album, "The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World." I remember buying this on cassette in the early part of 1995 and really liking it at the time (automatic strong nostalgic vibe here). Let's head back to 1994!

(Note: In the 90s, this was one of a few albums that didn't have the "Parental Advisory" sticker, but clearly deserved it, lol. Not sure if it was forgotten or what, but that's something I've always noticed.) 

Release date: November 8, 1994

All songs produced by Erick Sermon

1. Live From New York
The streets were present to report the arrival of Mr. Murray and his debut, leading us into.....

2. Sychosymatic

"Cowabunga, I'm takin MCs straight under/You can't see me, like Stevie Wonder!"

Definitely an energetic song right here, I certainly couldn't picture any other song on the album coming right after "Live From New York." I've always thought that Erick's beat, while bangin, was a slight influence directly from DJ Premier's classic "Come Clean" beat for Jeru.
*5 out of 5*

3. Dip Dip Di

"You all in the mustard and can't catch up (ketchup)"

Dope song, featuring the standard dope beat with dope lyrics.
*4 out of 5*

4. The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World

"The most beautifullest thing in this world/It's just like that, I get in ya!"

"I comes down breakin ground/So back up offa me and sit yo ass down!"

This classic is what sold me on the album from the get go, and it's possibly Keith's best song ever (I said possibly, lol). Erick's beat, another banger, fits this appropriately titled song perfectly.
*5 out of 5*

5. Herb Is Pumpin

"I'll take a Philly blunt to go/And yo, I'll flow as long as the herb is pumpin"

Well, there you have it, lol. That one line sums everything up on this fast paced song.
*4 out of 5*

6. Sychoward
I never really understood this particular skit and why it even made the album, so let's move on. (Then again, it may have served its purpose considering the next song.)

7. Straight Loonie
Featuring Erick Sermon and Jamal

For some reason, Erick's verse wasn't credited as a guest appearance (not sure why), but he, Keith and Jamal indeed get "straight loonie" on this one, which sees them wildin' out over a dope "jeep beat," and there were lots of "jeep beats" in the 90s!
*4 out of 5*

8. Danger

"Lounge homeboy you in the danger zone" -Erick Sermon

Beautiful and dangerous on the mic, I think so!
*4 out of 5*

9. Get Lifted

I can only imagine this classic sounding a little better "when you're high." So with that said, I'm sure the smokers to this day still love this one. Another interesting thought I had on this song came while listening to Snoop's "Gin & Juice" a few months ago. I thought about the acapella version of this song mixed with the "Gin & Juice" instrumental, and vice versa, and how DOPE it would sound. Maybe I should try to put that together, lol. Nevertheless, "Get Lifted," classic stuff.
*5 out of 5*

10. How's That
Featuring Erick Sermon and Redman

"I freak a technique, goin way back like Just Ice/And don't think twice because I'm nice" -Erick Sermon  

"Count Dracula, get back wit the, tow truck the/Get biz like Mark, fuel injected like Maximas/My style sicker than an AIDS victim drinkin 45 malt liquors......" -Redman

"The underground slam, shock like Shazam/Check my jams get Def, when I kick methods like Man" -Redman

"When I do em, I glue em, stick em like Patrick Ewing/My shit bumps like Puerto Rican people moved in" -Redman

"I brings classic drama, microphone embalmer/Have your momma beg behind bars, for your kidneys tomorrow" -Keith Murray

My ONLY complaint about this song is that it was too short. This would also mark the first collabo of the three man team who would later go by the "Def Squad." Erick and Murray bring good verses, but Redman kills this one. Speaking of Red, his sophomore album "Dare Iz A Darkside" would be released 2 weeks after this album.
*4.5 out of 5*

11. The Chase

12. Take It To The Streetz
Featuring 50 Grand and Ron Jay

Neither 50 Grand (one half of L.O.D., two of Keith's proteges) and Ron Jay were credited for their appearances on this apply titled song. It's decent, nothing more or less. (Ron Jay sounded a little like Keith on this one too.)
*3 out of 5*

13. Bom Bom Zee
Featuring Hurricane G and Paul Hightower

This song was ok, however, I'm about to say something before that I've said for a long time. I have mad love and respect for Hurricane G's contributions with the Def Squad. She was easy on the eyes, but not on the ears, and this is another one of those songs where she adds nothing to it. It was a combination of her voice and delivery, not refined to say the least.
*3 out of 5*

14. Countdown

15. Escapism

In a hip hop form, Keith talks about what it would like if he escapes the world and does his own thing.
*4 out of 5*

16. The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World (Green-Eyed Remix)    
This was a very good remix, but compared to the original, it doesn't knock as hard.
*4 out of 5*

To date, this is Keith's most successful album, hitting 500,000 units sold (certified Gold in August 1995). It still holds up well today, especially the two classics in the form of the title track and "Get Lifted." He took advantage of the hype and buzz surrounding him after "Hostile" and delivered a nice, 4.5 star album. 

Next up, I'll be revisiting his sophomore album, 1996's "Enigma"     

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