Have a Nice Life

Have a Nice Life

by MursMurs

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Overview

Like Tech N9ne's 2015 effort Special Effects, Murs' album Have a Nice Life flirts with mainstream to the point of almost f'n with it, but this blow against the empire is an altogether better LP. Every track here punches with a purpose, beginning with the opening title track, which marks the rapper's move to Tech N9ne's imprint with "Strange Music is the label" and then hits upon all the benefits with the on-point "so now your boy is able." Able to draw myriad slick productions that go indie ("Skatin' in the City" finds Mayday's Plex Luthor adding some Best Coast-ish guitar), underground ("PTSD" with E-40 is the kind of dark at home on Strange), or offworld (the great "Okey Dog" is a funky redo of the Kraftwerk sound), but not so odd that the crowd-aimed album goes off course. "Black Girls Be Like" is a big James Brown blast of power soul with Murs giving the ladies some praise, while the provocative "Pussy and Pizza" plays Xbox, spends all its extra money on Jordans, and makes him the thinking man's Caligula, or maybe just a freedom fighter who's contradictory and crass under it all. Until the man records a song called "Pussy and Pynchon," it'll be up for debate in the mind of his detractors, and yet the "educated doesn't always mean politically correct" stance of the album is arguably refreshing, plus, with so many alluring productions underneath, it might woo a puritan into a porno shop. Beating your label boss at his own crossover game is a bold move, but don't expect anything less from the shameless and smart Murs, especially when he's in top form.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2015
Label: Strange Music
UPC: 0853435003654
catalogNumber: 654
Rank: 171348

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Murs   Primary Artist
E-40   Vocals
Ryan Evans   Vocals
Wrekonize   Vocals
Keith Cooper   Horn
Raquel Rodriguez   Vocals
King Fantastic   Vocals

Technical Credits

Maurice Washington   Composer
Earl Stevens   Composer
Ryan Evans   Composer
Mayday!   Producer
Jesse Shatkin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Richie Abbott   Publicity
Plex Luthor   Producer
Christopher Jenkins   Composer
Benjamin Miller   Composer
Arsonist   Producer
J. Taylor   Composer
Nicholas Carter   Composer
Bernardo Garcia   Composer
Travis O'Guin   Executive Producer
Curtis King   Producer
Migui Maloles   Engineer
Doc   Producer
Aaron Eckhart   Composer
Gianni Perocarpi   Composer
Gianni Ca$h   Producer
Bernz   Producer
Daniel "Keys" Perez   Additional Production
Andrews Diaz Mujica   Composer
Daniel Emilio Perez   Composer
Derrek Clarke   Composer
Keith Cooper   Composer
Amanda Lucille Warner   Composer
D'wan Howard   Composer

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