I don't spit metaphors (metaphors) I spit L-R-P's Loyalty and Betrayal by E-40 6

He is not concerned with being the best lyricists using rap staples such as similes and metaphors but he’d rather street educate the listener via his L-R-P Long Range Pimpin'

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We invite you to something epic, you know? Can I Live by Jay Z 4

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June 24th, 2012

I..Just…I just can’t…I’m, I’m truly baffled! I will now re-examine his entire catalog to see where Murs gets off! I just wish he could’ve explained on how he went about evaluating each lp. did he do it “song for song” like jay would’ve wanted, or did he “just skim through it.” Murs states Jay as one of thee greatest writers of our time, but RD uses the most literary techniques of Jays catalog. His style and delivery was thee most authentic, as he was still in his “street mode” steez. His foundation was the foresight of the rest of his life. Yes, he dug deeper into his repertoire as the lp’s kept coming, but it was a “heard it all before” moment and RD he was much more detailed about it. I…. I DO NOT KNOW ANYMORE, I need more time!

June 26th, 2012

I’m sorry, but what Murs said was ridiculous. To me, it’s like saying Illmatic was a horrible record and I Am is better. Bullshit. I love The Blueprint and every other Hov LP, but Reasonable Doubt is fucking amazing. His lyrical patterns, his metaphors (“So I keep one eye open like CBS”), his truth. One thing you gotta realize about RD is it’s really the first hip hop LP that talks about the hustle and drug dealing in more depth than just, well, drug dealing. He explains that because people in the hood were deprived of opportunities that hustling was the only way you could provide for yourself, and because you were deprived of opportunities it brought the survival instinct out of you. Like Irv Gotti said in the Classic Albums documentary about RD, it’s like the tagline on the Scarface movie poster, “He loved the American Dream. With a vengeance.” Therefore meaning you’re willing to do whatever you can to eat and live good, while also simultaneously not giving a fuck about what you do or what happens to you in the progress (“I’d rather die enormous, than live dormant”). He also makes it clear on the album that even though that’s what it is, he’s still not proud of what he’s doing to his community and the stress with always having to look over your shoulder is at times a bit overbearing. It’s fucking poetry. You also have to realize the album was (and I mean this figuratively) 26 years in the making. This was Hov’s last chance to get on and he took all of his life experiences and put it on wax. It’s one of the greatest albums ever, and with it being complex poetry, yes, it does need analysis. RD uses the most literary techniques of Jay’s catalog. Murs said himself, Hov’s one of the greatest writers of our time. So my question is, what the fuck else did you expect??

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August 30th, 2012

fuk murs wit a sik dick

knostyle
September 4th, 2012

Reasonable Doubt is one of the only albums I have ever heard that you can bump all the way through without skipping a single song, they are all good…Not to mention it is littered with absolute gems such as Feelin It, Can I Live, and Regrets. My only complaint with the album come from my Christian roots and are about Jay’s extreme choice of lyrics on D'evils. But to say you are a Jay-z fan and then hate on RD…you need to re-evaluate your damn music taste brah.

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September 12th, 2012

Why is this an “explanation”? Murs can have his opinion, but this random youtube rant does not belong to Can I Live or any other song.

Please don’t dilute the purpose of RapGenius just because some celeb signs on.

xela510
September 12th, 2012

I give this man no respect.

November 12th, 2012

who ever said he was asking for respect. he is giving his opinion, just like everyone one else on RapGenius. No one said you had to agree… To go rant somewhere else, his opinions don’t change who he is as an artists.

haters.

Jon
January 6th, 2013

When jay speeds his bar up a little to stay on beat and things like that, it shows there’s no structure. jay Z actually says he lacked structure in this album. So technically Murs is correct, as Jay Z himself agrees.

Lyrical content a 10 but Lyrical delivery a 6

February 25th, 2013

it is stupid to say jay-z wrote this LP because he didn’t .. what he actually did was sculpt a master sculpture with words whom people of all ages and rappers across time will have a hard time mimicking , what murs is saying is merely a point of view , because even jay-z himself calls this album his baby and he recognizes the effort and the outcome of this record which is an all time best or just “Classic”.

Michael
May 22nd, 2013

Are you high Murs? No one I know who listens to Jay-Z even knows this exists half the time. “Looked over too much?”. This was his most lyrically dextrous, and layered album, with flow variety period. Every time I listen to this I learn something new. He says a lot, but it never mattered because the flow was so ill. So it subliminally sticks with you. This was the real PSA. Can I Live had the multifaceted layers. Cashmere Thoughts is one of the Top 5 Rap Flows of All Time. I can’t think of a single album by any other rapper with instrumentals like this, or such an approach to lyrics. Now if you mean, did he master the pop rap later on…yeah. But in terms of balance. And seeing him as a full human being? Reasonable Doubt is just raw & complete. I’m 21 years old and have been rocking with Jay since middle school. My introduction was the Blueprint 2: Gift & the Curse. OVERLOOK THAT CRAP. Reasonable Doubt However, is Hov’s Illmatic. A masterpiece. An album that made grown men cry. At first my ears were like “huh?” when I heard this. But then I kept playing it, the instrumentals spoke to my soul the way no other rap record ever has. Never was a street hustler, but I felt like I could connect to some of my father’s experiences through the bars. And the flows…the flows. This was back when albums sounded like movies. I have no idea what you’re getting at with this video commentary. Maybe its because we Millenials (you 1978 or 80?) can’t appreciate nuance the way older cats can. This was Jay-Z’s Illmatic.

August 3rd, 2013

Murs, eat a dick

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December 15th, 2013

Yea sure dude…I think I’d rather listen to Murs' annotation than yours, Murs without a doubt knows more about hip hop than you do. Plus, I’m sure Jigga knows who Murs is, he’s an LA legend who started the Paid Dues festival, Wu Tang plays that festival, you think Jay hasn’t heard of THAT? Come on man, you can’t honestly think your opinion means as much as Murs'. Just dropping some real on you.

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MURS: bow our heads, bon apetit Life & Time by Murs (Ft. Ab-Soul & O.C.) 2

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Let's turn Paid Dues into Coachella and have a feast! Life & Time by Murs (Ft. Ab-Soul & O.C.) 2

Ab-Soul has a Paid Dues tattoo

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You think I got it backwards but It really doesn’t matter
Producer meets the rapper he’s the former I’m the latter
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Speaking to me being the rapper and 9th Wonder being the producer

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I read lines and bring drama like a actor
But I’m so Hollywood that you would think that I’m a rapper
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The term Hollywood was originally used to describe the arrogant attitudes and glamourous lifestyles of actors but these days the rappers are the arrogant and glamorous guys

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See I grow up with the blue team before there was a ustream Enjoy by 9th Wonder (Ft. Kendrick Lamar, Murs & Warren G) 3

Referring to growing up in a Crip neighborhood

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KMEL Eazy-E by Murs 3

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Shout out to Tommy G and Ray Barbee Eazy-E by Murs 3

Tommy Guerrero and Ray Barbee are pro skaters who are also very talented musicians

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Dream about hitting up the Hubba Ledge or EMB Eazy-E by Murs 3

Infamous skate spots in San Fran

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