Murs is Kanye West, minus the teddy bears and robots. Like Yeezy, he includes diverse samples on the same album, pairing artists like Michael Jackson with James Blunt. Murs, aka Nick Carter, also drips with that freestyle swagger that's lost in today's overly processed rap.
Murs' breakout 2008 album, Murs for President, put the dreadlocked Los Angeles rapper in the limelight. But sometimes President feels preachy. The lyrics are more than just "guns and dope" as he states on "Can It Be," but it's a little like My First Manifesto.
His October 2011 album, Love and Rockets Vol. 1, redeems him, channeling Dr. Dre and Slick Rick. The homage to hip-hop, "Eazy-E," uses a beat that's far too bubblegum, but the rest are gems.[ Video is no longer available. ]