Keith Murray – Mixtape (feat. Tony Touch, Def Squad, Busta Rhymes, EPMD, Cocoa Brovaz…)

1. Keith Murray – Walk Up (Skit) (feat. Tone Capone) 0:00
2. Keith Murray – Da Intro 0:28
3. Keith Murray – High Diverz 0:31
4. Tony Touch – Freestyle (feat. Keith Murray & Def Squad) 4:59
5. Keith Murray – This That Shit 7:02
6. Keith Murray – The Majors (feat. Casual, Planet Asia & Prince Ali) 10:57
7. Erick Sermon – Stay Real Part 2 (feat. Nature & Keith Murray) 14:47
8. B-Doub – I Who (feat. Keith Murray, Maylay Sparks & Sadat X) 17:44
9. DJ Honda – Hi! (feat. Keith Murray & 50 Grand) 21:09
10. Frankie Cutlass – Pay Ya Dues (feat. Busta Rhymes, Cocoa Brovaz & Keith Murray) 24:30
11. Keith Murray & L.O.D. – Till Somebody Gets Hurt 27:42
12. Humanreck – High Divas (feat. Keith Murray & Kel Vicious) 33:20
13. Keith Murray Freestyle 38:00
14. Keith Murray – What They Say 39:49
15. EPMD – They Tell Me (feat. Keith Murray) 43:51

Keith Omar Murray (born May 29, 1974) is an American rapper from New York. Murray grew up on Carleton Ave, in Central Islip, which is located on the South Shore of Long Island in Suffolk County. Murray was a known member of a local rap collective in Long Island called Legion of Doom (L.O.D.) which included fellow rappers 50 Grand, Ron Jay, and Kel-Vicious. Murray is more famously known for being a member of the Hip Hop trio the Def Squad, which includes fellow rappers Redman and fellow Long Island native Erick Sermon, previously the co-founder of the legendary Hip-Hop group EPMD.

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Murray debuted his spaced out, complex, multi-syllable rhyming style on Erick Sermon’s ruggedly produced song ‘Hostile’ off his first solo album ‘No Pressure’ which was released in 1993, and was Sermon’s first project since splitting with former rhyming partner Parrish Smith. In 1994, Jive Records released Murray’s debut single, “The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World”, which was quickly followed up by his debut album of the same name, released to both critical acclaim and commercial success. Along with his solo work, Murray is known for his association with the Def Squad, with whom he released an album, El Niño in 1998.

Murray initially got his start in the music industry under the name MC Do Damage, but later decided to just go by his birth name.

In 1994, he was introduced to Erick Sermon of EPMD by his friend K-Solo. Sermon included Murray on his album No Pressure on the single “Hostile”, with critics praising Murray’s lyrical ability. His appearance on Hostile led to Murray being signed to Jive Records, and work began on his first album. Murray’s debut single, The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World was released in 1994 and was a hit. The song was produced by Erick Sermon (who also provided background vocals) and peaked at number 50 on the Billboard 200 and number 3 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. Murray’s debut album The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World, was named after the single and released in 1994 to widespread critical acclaim and commercial success,[4] being certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in August 1995. The album was also given “4 mics” by The Source.

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Murray continued to enjoy a high media-profile by appearing on a Coca-Cola advertisement and as a featured guest on Mary J Blige’s “Be Happy”, Total’s “Can’t You See”, R Kelly’s “Home Alone” and both versions of LL Cool J’s “I Shot Ya”. However, his appearances of both versions of “I Shot Ya” led to brief friction with rapper Tupac Shakur, who believed that the song was a diss towards him being shot and robbed at Quad Recording Studios, regarding the timing, title, and lyrical content. Sometime in the following year, Tupac Shakur approached Keith Murray at the California House Of Blues, wanting to know if the record was a diss to him. Upon questioning, Murray made it clear that the record was not about Shakur, peacefully resolving the situation. Murray has continued to publicly addressed this in several interviews over the following years.

Murray’s second album Enigma was released on November 26, 1996, on Jive, once again to critical acclaim. The album peaked at number 39 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached number 6 on the R&B Albums chart. Murray also continued to work with other artists, appearing on tracks by Busta Rhymes, UGK, Redman and Jamal.

After Murray was released from prison, he signed with Def Jam who released He’s Keith Murray in 2003, once again to critical and commercial success. The album contained the single “Yeah Yeah U Know It.”, and featured guest appearances from Busta Rhymes, Redman and Jamie Foxx, among others. The same year, Murray was featured as a playable character in the video game Def Jam Vendetta. Despite the success and acclaim of his first album on Def Jam after this, Murray was dropped from the label just one day after its release after being accused of choking two label employees, although he said the confrontation was limited to words. After being released, Murray announced plans to continue recording music independently.

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