Murs For President

Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Alternative Press
    90
    President isn't just one of the year's best; it's one of the finest efforts to come out of hip-hop in a long time. [Dec 2008, p.153]
  2. 80
    Murs for President has a cumulative bang that's impossible to deny.
  3. Mr. Dibbs and Oh No might have been preferable to will.i.am and Nottz, even though the beats here are decent enough. It's cool to see Murs get the money he deserves for his project and even to hear him team up with luminaries like Snoop, and it's head and shoulders above the other garbage the major labels are circulating these days.
  4. So with Murs for President, he just did what he does, churning out another strong album of choppy retro samples that pretend chipmunk-soul and snap never existed.
  5. Filter
    78
    Murs' spitball rhymes and thick beats have always showcased a proclivity for stardom, and they bear fruit on the soulful piano galumph of 'Time Is Know.' [Fall 2008, p.102]
  6. President is patchy, but the consistent ''time to change'' message still makes Murs one of rap's most memorable lyricists.
  7. Murs For President is pretty much the kind of album its creator might have made for Definitive Jux or Rhymesayers: lots of good, specific, thoughtful lyrics about politics and love (which dominate the album's first and final thirds, respectively) that treat them like everyday concerns rather than grandstanding.
  8. Murs for President isn’t the most perfect campaign, but it’s more than worthy of being on the ballot.
  9. Murs was obviously ready to put his best foot forward--and yes, Murs for President is just as ambitious as the title indicates.
  10. Under The Radar
    70
    Cameos range from Kid Rock to Snoop Dogg, and Murs' swift rhymes, chunky beats, and distinctive rapping style showcase an appetite for the sounds of high fashion gleam and street swagger. [Fall 2008, p.88]
  11. Murs for President is such a weird album to listen to in a strictly critical sense, where it stands as a more-or-less average release.
  12. His major-label debut after years on Def Jux feels status quo for the most part, and new labelmates will.i.am and Snoop only dilute his product with lazy cameos. But there’s still much to admire about Mur’s campaign to turn on some heads.
  13. As strong as many of the tracks on Murs for President are, they are inevitably marred by the aforementioned duds. Without those, it would be a different story for Murray.
  14. The Wire
    60
    A usually sharp MC, Murs sounds conflicted throughout, a little too anxious to be loved by everyone. [Dec 2008, p.74]
  15. Too often, though, Murs's charm is scrapped in favor of finger-wagging and outright lecturing about respecting women, reaching out across racial lines, and any number of other things that are relevant but in mainstream hip-hop are like vegetables being forced down our throats.

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