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Keith Murray

Keith Murray had a rough childhood. Both of his parents used intravenous drugs, and died when Murray was young - when Murray was in eighth grade, his father died from cirrhosis of the liver, his mother later died from AIDS. His sister would also die because of AIDS. In 2001.

Before Keith Murray ever recorded an album, he battled Big Daddy Kane, a man widely considered to be one of the greatest MC's of all time. At that time, Murray went by the name of MC Do Damage. Murray did not win the battle, but he did earn the respect of Kane. Later, Murray would be introduced to Erick ...read more

Keith Murray had a rough childhood. Both of his parents used intravenous drugs, and died when Murray was young - when Murray was in eighth grade, his father died from cirrhosis of the liver, his mother later died from AIDS. His sister would also die because of AIDS. In 2001.

Before Keith Murray ever recorded an album, he battled Big Daddy Kane, a man widely considered to be one of the greatest MC's of all time. At that time, Murray went by the name of MC Do Damage. Murray did not win the battle, but he did earn the respect of Kane. Later, Murray would be introduced to Erick Sermon of EPMD by K-Solo. Sermon would feature Murray on his album No Pressure on the Single “Hostile”. Murray then quickly established himself as one of the most creative lyricists in the industry with his first album, "The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World", which was released in 1994 by Jive Records. The title track from this album remains Murray’s biggest solo hit.

Murray’s second album "Enigma" was released in 1996 by Jive. It received similar ratings from critics, but it was not quite as commercially successful as the previous album. In 1998, The Def Squad (a hip hop group comprised of Murray, Redman and Erick Sermon) covered “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang. They would later release their own album, "El Niño". Murray’s third album "It’s a Beautiful Thing" was released in 1999 while he was in prison. Like the previous album, it received relatively good reviews, but it showed yet another drop in sales. Murray also appeared on the song “Home Alone” by R. Kelly.

While he was in prison, Murray began writing for his next solo album. Upon his release, he would leave Jive and sign with Def Jam. "He’s Keith Murray" was released in 2003. Murray claims to have chosen this title because the album represents him, but many fans saw it as an obvious attempt at crossover success because of singles like “Candy Bar” featuring Patti Austin. The album also featured the single “Yeah, Yeah U Know It.” This song has guest appearances from fellow Def Squad members Redman and Erick Sermon. Murray dedicated “Christina” to his sister. That same year, Murray was featured on the video game Def Jam Vendetta.

In 2004,he was featured in Mantis’ song Day By Day which was about street life and children. It was very emotional and touching in which means we should change the world.

He released his fifth solo album Rap-Murr-Phobia on July 31 2007. It debuted at number 52 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 13,000 copies in its first week . The lead single is “Nobody Do It Better” featuring Tyrese & Junior.

Keith Murray is infamous for his extensive criminal record. In 1995 he was charged and convicted of second-degree assault stemming from a bar fight in New Britain, Connecticut. Murray allegedly struck sixteen year old David Hughes with a stool after members of Murray’s posse had already knocked Hughes unconscious. Hughes was said to be trying to break up a fight between his brother and members of Murray’s crew. After failed appeals, Murray fled. He finally turned himself in in 1998. He was sentenced to five years, but he only served 33 months. Murray still says that he is innocent. He gained the support of many fellow artists including LL Cool J and Britney Spears. Unfortunately, his legal troubles did not end there. He was also fired from Def Jam after allegedly choking a fellow street team member in 2004. In 2005, a lawsuit was filed against Murray in Kings County Court in Brooklyn, New York, claiming that the rapper allegedly stabbed a fan during a concert in the early morning hours of Christmas day of 2004. « hide

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Rap-Murr-Phobia (The Fear of Real Hip Hop)
2007

3
1 Votes
He's Keith Murray
2003

2.8
2 Votes
It's a Beautiful Thing
1999

3.7
3 Votes
Enigma
1996

3.6
4 Votes
The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World
1994

3.9
13 Votes

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