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Murs – $hut Your Trap

Murs – $hut Your Trap

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Murs 316: 2014

Do your parents ever pick up your iPad and do everything but turn it on correctly? Or grab a Playstation controller upside down and try to join you in video games? That’s pretty much the equivalent of Murs doing trap music on his newest release, $hut Your Trap.

Already an accomplished independent artist (“I made a million dollars selling $5 tapes”, he boasts early on), Murs picks up this new-fangled trap music and tries to see what the youngins’ are up to; the result is, unsurprisingly, disappointing.

Murs describes the project as a “backpacker’s adventure into the world of trap music”. Like so many adventures the journey starts well enough, with a banging beat and some gnarly attitude. Maybe it’s the strength of the tense synths and the high-speed hi-hats courtesy of Curtiss King, but his grown man shit is kind of engaging here.

“I don’t do jewelry or videos with broke hoes. / It’s 20-14. What the fuck you sellin’ dope for?”, he rightly asks. I mean, marijuana is legal in two states and decriminalized in a dozen others. Get your white collar hustle on!

But before we know it, the listener is stuck sitting passenger-side in Murs’ Prius, talking about good credit and enviable gas mileage. For three minutes, the child-lock is on and we’re forced to hear the benefits of the car’s “eco-mode” and his futuristic dash display.

The dude can unquestionably still string together lines. But was that ever really in doubt? No, the issue here isn’t effort, technical ability, or even attitude. It’s his choice in topics and how that flow meshes with the production.

The beat of “Mo$ Def”cleaves ample space for one-liners, but Murs can’t help but fill it with unneeded syllables. It starts promisingly, talking about open thighs on Instagram, but he manages a way to sneak in a reference to the promising benefits of crossfit and paleolithic diets.

The album ends strongly with “Justin Bieber’$ Black Baby”, a song that conceptualizes a black baby in the pop-star’s head, one who tells Bieber to continue to engage in that head-scratching tabloid fodder. It’s the rare moment when Murs’ forward-thinking actually coalesces the production with interesting content, even if the listener has to sit through the songs that precede it. More often, the mixtape splits the difference between backpack lyricism and trap content in a middling quagmire that will likely disappoint fans of both.

Upon reflection, the title “$hut Your Trap” is an interesting one, as it seems exactly like something a grandfather would say; or an on-the-nose pun a thirty-five year old rapper would make. In this case, it’s all of the above.

★½☆☆☆
1.5 out of 5

21 Comments

  1. vitaltwofor
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 12:02:00

    Murs kills it!

  2. Mathyes
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 16:19:00

    you are so hard moron man.

    This aint about album, you weirdo, I wrote literally that this review is a garbage simply beacause it is.

    This might be the worst Murs album, but in this text we has about 400 words and maybe 2 arguments. Call me a moron, but it is harder to call you if you defend that pretentious review.. Ultra-moron?

  3. Gonzo9000
    Feb 08, 2014 @ 11:19:00

    I just listened to the album on YouTube, easily the most disappointing Murs album, the flow sounds forced at points and comes of like Murs trying to dumb down his usually well timed verses. It’s not that the production is terrible, they just don’t really mesh.

  4. EricBananaK
    Feb 02, 2014 @ 22:29:00

    I thought this album was easily one of Murs’ worst. He lacked his usual intricate lyrical content. I legitimately believe as more new underground hip-hop artists come up, Murs consistently digresses. Go back to Living Legends days please!

    Also Mathyes your a moron.

  5. Mathyes
    Feb 01, 2014 @ 16:38:00

    Im so curious how good is your second language. Exactly. you discredit your common sense by defending the quality of this review

  6. Mercy
    Feb 01, 2014 @ 12:12:00

    And you can’t type very coherently… grow up.

  7. Mathyes
    Feb 01, 2014 @ 09:32:00

    you are just naive, bro. That review aint an opinion not at all. There is nothing about album in that, author wrote that talking about prius is lame, etc etc. There is nothing about content in it. There is no opinion, just no.

  8. Brian H.
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 22:53:00

    Not trying to be extreme. My way of saying I didn’t like it. (If we hated it, it wouldn’t have gotten a review.) Others clearly feel different (and its free, right?) Give it a listen.

  9. Brian H.
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 22:50:00

    The production is good. Should’ve mentioned that.

  10. Bloodmoney Perez
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 20:13:00

    I havent listened to the album what so ever. But hasnt this only been out for like 3 days? You give it a 1.5? I wouldnt review a record i hadnt really given time. And im sure murs has had his flat moments, but 1.5? Thats some Cheif Kief Scoring. Sometimes yall are extreme just for the sake of it. You can give a constructive review without being all EXTRA.

  11. thomas
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 17:58:00

    a review is just someones opinion, everyone saying its “wrong” just comes off as an ignorant kid. your aloud to disagree with it without it being wrong. grow up

  12. LAQUESHA
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 17:55:00

    this blog is pretentious nerdy white kids talking about hip hop. sometimes they’re right and sometimes they’re so fucking wrong. not consistent enough. also, the writers are passive aggressive and whiny as fuuuuuckk. get off your high horses, muthafuckas.

  13. Mathyes
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 17:31:00

    you are wrong

  14. Nah
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 17:05:00

    It is a well-made album

  15. Alex
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 17:02:00

    God forbid a minor phrase of humor was used in the story… this project wasn’t good

  16. Mathyes
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 15:56:00

    you have to blame your writing skills first of all. Second of all this is very stupid you expect serious things in joke-sarcasm material. Yuh, prius are so lame.

  17. Brian H.
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 15:36:00

    I wish I hadn’t listened to this multiple times.

  18. Mathyes
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 15:07:00

    the problem is you could wrote this review without listening to the album, only by read tracklist… blogers, right?

  19. LAQUESHA JACKSON
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 13:03:00

    they give arteeeests like Beyonce 4 out of 5 stars so you can’t really trust them when it comes to reviews. (Btw, I haven’t heard this album so this isn’t about this album, just the general lack of merit when it comes to this blog)

  20. Brian H.
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 12:30:00

    haha

  21. Mathyes
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 12:18:00

    this review is a garbage

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