Like Murs’ 2005 album Murray’s Revenge, Fornever was produced by the incredible 9th Wonder. Unlike that album, the tracks don’t seem to be quite as memorable. Thankfully, Murs’ lyrics fill the gap creating another solid release from the prominent underground rap duo.
“I Used to Love Her” sounds at first like another relationship drama track, but the song ends with a great twist. Here, Murs showcases his strong lyricism as the song works on two levels. The listener thinks he’s referring to a love affair with a woman. In the last few verses, Murs reveals that he’s been rapping about Hip Hop music including its roots, rise to prominence, and its current state of commercialization. Only Indie or Underground rap can offer great gems like “I Used to Love Her”.
Murs has another lyrical trick up his sleeve on “Cinderella”. It’s an adaptation of the classic fairy tale retold to include the harsh realities of urban life today. Again, Murs gives us another creative track as we follow Cindy’s hardships as she deals with her step sisters and mother.
Murs excels at slice of life rap stories whether it be the typical relationship arguments or a trip to the store. On “The Lick” he gives us a track reminiscent of Ice Cube’s “Today Was A Good Day” as Murs and his friend discuss everyday life and plan a trip to the store.
In “Let Me Talk” I felt like I was sitting in his house watching him and his girl argue like a typical married couple. As he tries to watch the game and eventually ends up sleeping on the couch, Murs delivers comical, but very real lyrics that any man could relate to.
On the uneven “Asian Girl”, Murs offers an odd tribute to Asian women. At one point his descriptions reminded me of someone talking about a breed of dog. Other times I chuckled at the clever rhyming of Asian cuisine, language, and street slang. I doubt his fans will be offended, but parts of this track made me a bit uncomfortable.
I couldn’t put my finger on exactly why, but for some reason 9th Wonder’s production didn’t seem as strong as it was on Murray’s Revenge. In an interview 9th Wonder stated that he thought that there was more of a West Coast Hip Hop vibe in his work this time out. Maybe that shift was the cause of the shift in the sound. But overall, Fornever is a solid album from a great rapper.