Anyone who’s heard his music will agree that Murs is a good rapper. Like, a really good rapper. For two decades now, the South Central native has been one of the most prolific, yet underrated, emcees in the game—both as a solo act and a member of the Living Legends collective.
If his catalog hasn’t already provided confirmation, then Murs’ latest lyrical display makes him an automatic first ballot Hip-Hop Hall of Famer.
This week, Murs became the new Guinness World Record holder for longest continuous rap by spitting bars for 26 hours straight. I’ll say that again: 26 hours straight. Unlike Chiddy Bang’s (dreadful) nine-hour freestyle a few years ago, Murs’ marathon session was strictly covers; a hip-hop karaoke like you’ve never seen before.
From 9 a.m. Wednesday to 11 a.m. Thursday, with only two hours of periodic breaks in between, Murs rhymed his way through ‘80s and ‘90s hip-hop classics, from Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” to Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” There were even a few of his own joints, like “L.A.” and “God’s Work,” thrown in for good measure.
Needless to say, Murs looked pretty exhausted throughout the whole thing. I mean, I couldn’t even sleep for 26 hours, let alone perform my favorite rap songs. But his superhuman endurance and passion for rapping (and a coffee or 12) carried him through to the finish line, where a red carpet celebration and title belt awaited him.
Murs’ record-breaking rap marathon was part of the promotional campaign for Boost Mobile’s new unlimited music streaming program through Slacker Radio, but in light of unapologetic ignorance among rap’s new generation, it took on an even deeper meaning for the man himself.
"Lil Yachty made his statement about not having to know older songs,” Murs toldRolling Stone. “And then setting this record became more about me paying tribute to the music I grew up on. And using this platform to maybe even expose someone younger or unaware to the classics.
"I understand where Yachty is coming from especially with the lack of respect he's been shown from the old school and underground heads,” he continued. “But at the end of the day, hip-hop is rooted in African culture and it's an oral tradition. And the only way for the essence of the culture to stay intact is for it be passed down from generation to generation. And from Lilted Yachty to Young Thug to Pete Rock to Shock G, no one wants to be forgotten."
Thanks to this record-breaking feat, Murs definitely won’t be forgotten.
By Andy James. You can follow him on Twitter.
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