Back in 2012, Murs and 9th Wonder set forth on what they would call the Final Adventure as they released their fifth and “final” album. Thankfully, after seven years of maneuvering through the industry, the emcee/producer duo are back at it with album number seven, The Iliad Is Dead And The Odyssey Is Over.
“9th [Wonder] and I have been working together since ’03, and we’re like brothers at this point. This album is my first release post-Strange Music and post-a lot of other major life changes,” Murs told AFH. “I wanted to give it my all, so my wife was kind enough to hold down the fort for a few weeks while I immersed myself in the recording process. [We spent] 18 hours a day listening to beats and trying to craft the best material possible.”
Locked in at 12 tracks, the album features Rapsody (“High Noon“) and “a group of extremely talented mf’ers that [Murs] respects immensely–which includes GQ, Reuben Vincent, Heather Victoria, Cojo, Pookie Blow and $ilk Money. On the production, 9th Wonder is joined by The Soul Council–his production troop with Khrysis, Eric G, AMP, Kash and E. Jones.
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On top of the album, Murs and 9th also released a mini-movie which highlights a handful of tracks: “The Hulk,” “My Hero,” “F*ck Them,” “Cancun 08″ and “Gas Station Gucci Belt.”
“As a kid I loved Hip Hop, comic books, cinema and sports. When I hit high school and realized my growth spurt wasn’t coming. I took to smoking and selling weed. When I graduated I traded weed for women. When I got married… well I think you get the point. I’ve always loved comic books, cinema and Hip Hop. This video was a chance to combine all three,” Murs told okayplayer. “The first time I created a short film was for ‘Walk Like A Man’ off of me and 9th’s first album. It was fun and very well received. I’ve wanted to do something similar for years, and now seemed like the perfect time!”
“This being my first project post-Strange Music, I wanted to make sure the content was comparable to the visuals I had been releasing over the past few years,” he continued. “When director Justin Marmostein sat down to discuss the visuals for this album, we knew this is what we had to do. We created superheroes like myself (“The Hulk”) and Alexis (Nikki Narcos) the protagonist of my song “My Hero,” which was inspired by Cyntonia Brown and her case (Cyntonia was released from prison yesterday after having her life sentence commuted). We also created villains like the muscle-bound chain wielding cheater (Michael Giovanni Rivera) and the gun-toting Pookie Blow who along with her henchmen played by Villain Park try to shoot-up my after-party. Making this mini-movie a reality was fun and expensive as fuck. All fifty-something of us cast and crew members worked our asses off to make this film a reality. 9th and I hope you all enjoy the film as well as the album that inspired it.”