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MURS IS DOPE

Murs does an amazing job with his breakdowns and is 100% the reason I found hiphopdx in the first place. The topics he brings to the table are really thought-provoking, unique, and are often glossed over or barely acknowledged anywhere else. Breakdowns like hick hop, gay rap, money ruining hip hop, and others have shown that Murs is really just a deep ass motherfucker and a really gracious but solid arguer who can back up all his claims with facts and history and acknowledge opinions that aren't his own. On top of that, he's chill af and got a good sense of humor too.

I like Justin Hunte's videos too, but one of the things that I'm glad Murs has taken down a notch is the whole GOAT debate, canonizing rappers, and emphasis on "beefs" and drama in the rap community. As someone who has studied musicology in the academic setting, one of the things that is challenged in the field is how the western classical music world has a standarized canon of dead white men that are accepted as "The Greatest" and the discussions of music and history are always and only revolve around them. I noticed how hip hop has been falling into a lot of that as well --a constant debate and conversation about which black men (many of whom are also dead) are the greatest. Even something like the wall behind the host of breakdown videos displaying pictures of the hip hop greats further emphasizes this (I'm glad it got changed by the way). I like how Murs has still been using artists in his arguments, but not centering every single video on them.

As an idea, perhaps you could address this obsession with the GOAT and worship of the artist? It's interesting how in Western culture the artist is most emphasized whereas in other cultures it's the actual art product that matters more, and the idea of ownership over the art doesn't exist. It's just for everybody. There's technically nothing wrong with either of course. There must be reasons for the way these structures happen. This doesn't have to be its own video, but I guess I am just curious about Murs' opinion on this matter.
An actual request I would like to make is a breakdown video focusing on influential women in hip hop (because we all know there are plenty) and why they aren't remembered the way their male colleagues are. I find this extremely important, especially as a woman whose deep interest in hip hop sort of feels out of place just because of my gender. This can somewhat go hand in hand with the above thoughts on the hip hop artist canon. I thoroughly believe Murs would do an excellent job presenting his thoughts and research on these ideas if he felt he was interested enough.

Basically, keep killing it Mr. Murs. I am totally serious when I say you could actually become Dr. Murs by writing a dissertation in hip hop history/musicology if you wanted. Looking forward to many more breakdown videos!
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