HODGE- Iím glad to finally do this interview
man! Due to all of your success lately, itís
hard to get a hold of you these days. During
recent National tours, did any particular city
out as your favorite to perform in?
MURS- Since its you, of course I gotta say
Shout out to the kids that stand out in front of
ottobar, the ottobar, my man Claw diggie, all the
and of course M HODGE. But honestly there isn't a
I don't like to hit on tour because I purposely
exclude them from the routing.
HODGE- The last time I was able to witness you
the mic on stage, you had rap Legend SHOCK-G aka
HUMPTY(of DIGITAL UNDERGROUND) backing you up on
turntables. He even performed the MURS/SHOCK-G
single Risky Business along side you. That was
great collab by the way! Is their any talk of
another song with SHOCK-G? I mean cmon, the man
have a MURS tattoo now, lol.
MURS- Well, in recent sad news as I know you've
heard due to the closeness of your relationship,
has retired from studio work. And I both feel and
respect his decision. But it was an honor beyond
measure to have him on tour. He is a musical
mastermind and a pleasure and inspiration to work
with. Oh yeah, professional and punctual never
a show. But above all I am blessed to have him as
friend for life.
HODGE- I feel ya man. Even though SHOCK is
officially done making music now, the legendary
contributions of SHOCK-G and the DIGITAL
will forever be appreciated and celebrated by
HODGE- I can remember when I first met you in
Baltimore. I was psyched cause I was gonna be
suggest the idea of an interview with you. I
with yourself and SCARUB to an all night
downtown called the Papermoon. The vibe in there
sucked ass, due to an extremely rude(possibly
cook. However, the place had an action figure
to it. I mentioned about a few of the old
figures I noticed on the walls and BAM! The
salvaged! You read it right folks, MURS also has
connections in the wrestling industry BIG
In fact, if you wanna see just how big
connections in the wrestling world is, just check
his new HUSTLE video starring WWEís JOHN CENA.
case you readers arenít up on whoís who in pro
wrestling lately, JOHN CENA is a top dog in the
business. In fact, heís a current world
doesnít get much bigger than that.
HODGE- How did JOHN CENA and Yourself first link
MURS- Wow! Through our mutual friend Ian Davis.
HE- Mr. Cena, is an amazing dude! I hate that I'm
jocking people two questions in a row cuz it
like I'm one of those Hollywood dudes who loves
everybody. But you just happened to ask about two
my most favorite people in the world. I think we
initially linked up for me to do a song on his
But it didn't work out due to timing. Anyway we
in contact checking in with each other here and
Barely missing each other when our tour schedules
would cross. Sidebar= ok when I say keep in touch
mean once after the royal rumble The Big Show
John out of the ring and you could see Johns leg
tangled in the ropes, he got up and limped off.
Something was obviously wrong with his knee he
mightíve even left with the medics. I was furious
worried. I called his phone immediately asking if
was alright and half ass threatening to exact
on the 7ft. Paul white. I didn't really know this
from Adam, yet he took the time out to call back
insane rapper he had never met from the ER mind
Just to tell me he was gonna be ok. Finally,
PPV in L.A. he stopped through at my homies crib.
course rudely bombarded him with industry
But he politely answered them all. Then said he
go. Before he left I gave him a copy of the
instrumental and asked if he would be on the
said cool. Now being a man with only 10 days off
year I can't tell you how stoked I was when he
delivered his verse via U.S. Mail to my house in
a week. A-MAZING! And for all the non believers,
my man wrote that tight ass verse himself. He is
real deal. And true fan of the art and culture.
for the video, he rented a car fresh off an
international flight and drove to L.A. to meet
his upcoming film debut. Then he drove to south
central to the video set, choreographed and shot
part in about an hour, then signed autographs for
whole hood for 2 and a half hours, and never once
his smile leave his face. Did I mention he was in
south central L.A. with no security. There's not
platinum rapper I know who can say that! After
autographs he got in his car for the 3 hour Drive
Fresno where he would get a hotel, wake up at
find a gym, eat be to the venue @ noon, do the
then immediately get on a bus and head back to
airport for another international flight where he
to wrestle as soon as he lands. The real deal
I don't think I've met a more genuine human
HODGE- By the way, did you catch the ECW One
Stand PPV? Your thoughts on it? Hell yeah it
Just to be able to see all those devoted ECW guys
working together again on one show was a hellava
sight. Youíll dig the DVD man.
MURS- No damn you. But my boy has it for me on
when I get home. I heard it was awesome though!
HODGE- Hell yeah it was! Just to be able to see
those devoted ECW guys working together again on
show was a hellava sight. Youíll dig the DVD
HODGE- Alright, switching topics a lil bit.
latest group project- LIVING LEGENDS Classic,
without a doubt one of the best albums Iíve
all year! I was a big fan of the prior LIVING
album Creative Differences, but I think this
far more impressive. Never Fallin, The
Breath , and Down For Nothin are just a few of
Classic tracks on the album. All 8 members of
LIVING LEGENDS(including yourself) are obviously
seasoned MCís. Now youíve been in the game for
years now. Out of your extensive catalog, which
albums are still available in stores?
MURS- MURS 3:16 the 9th edition, the End of
Beginning, my 2 group projects- Three
Gypsies(me, Eligh and Scarub), and Felt 2 (me
On July 26th my new dvd+cd Walk Like A Man hits
shelves. And finally 9th Wonder and I have a new
project coming late fall called Murray's
HODGE- You occasionally slip in an old
Gypsies track in your albums. Since your success
grown rapidly these last few years and the demand
more and more MURS material is increasing, is it
possible that the fans might see a re-issue of
older 3 MELANCHOLY GYPSIES album?
MURS- No, the new one is coming out, but the old
staying underground for now.
HODGE- Iíve occasionally read rumors on the net
fans have seen you wiliní out at ICP concerts on
West Coast. Any truth to this rumor that youíre
MURS- Nothing closet about it. And I always
clown love to any and every Juggalo that comes to
of my shows. And Iím definitely interested in
song with those dudes should the opportunity ever
HODGE- Hey, thinking back on all the big tours
have under your belt, do you have any wild from
road stories you can share with me?
MURS- Man so many. Iíll give a simple and short
I once got head on the dance floor at a club in
HODGE- Is their any artist out there now that
havenít collaborated with yet, but would like to?
MURS- Yeah tons, but the ones I felt I HAD to
with are already in the bag. So I'm just
working with anyone with whom there's a mutual
HODGE- Alright, before we finish up with this
interview, how about a lil game of word
Iíll just throw out a random artists name and you
me the first statement that comes to mind.
SHOCK-G - Wise.
E-40 - G.O.A.T.
KURRUPT- Vocabularic havoc.
TECH N9NE- Grind.
SWOLLEN MEMBERS- Everywhere.
HIEROGLYPHICS crew- Pioneers.
CYPRESS HILL- OG.
HODGE- Alright, since I hardly ever get to
big wrestling fans, Iíll throw out some wrestlers
names as well.
SHELTON BENJAMIN- Wish heíd get a bigger push.
of the few black wrestlers not made to play up
street image. And a very good wrestler who
the world @ Wrestlemania(where I was ringside,
yes, I paid for my own ticket).
RANDY SAVAGE(Well, heís also a rapper these
One of the all time greats, and not of rap.
RANDY ORTON- The future. Along with CENA. They
the potential to have one helluva rivalry.
VAMPIRO (Former WCW Tag Champ, International
Legend, Former JCW Champ, and of course my
Hodge, please make him go work for Vince. I miss
He is Awesome!
MIC FOLEY- Great author and wrestler. Foley Is
ORLANDO JORDAN- I hope he beats JBLís ass.
like em both. It would be a great match.
KURT ANGLE- Future Hall Of Famer. Never
BOOKER-T- A staple.
HODGE- Alright folks, there ya have it. Be sure
pick up the new MURS cd/DVD titled Walk Like a
in stores everywhere on July 26th. A big thank
goes out to MURS himself for taking time out of
hectic schedule to conduct this interview with