Murs Sounds Off On Reactions To "Animal Style" And His "Through The Mic" Series

Exclusive: On the eve of Murs' final "Through The Mic" showcase at LACMA, he talks about fan reactions and his decision to kiss a man in the "Animal Style" video.

It’s been a busy year for Murs. In addition to the usual output of albums and his duties at Paid Dues, he’s been a co-curator of the “Through The Mic” series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He’s also been in a collaborative spirit dropping joint albums with Fashawn and 9th Wonder to name just a few.

Thursday, October 18 marks the final “Through The Mic” showcase. Gaslamp Killer, Vince Staples & Michael Uzowuru, Problem, Luckyiam, and J*Davey are all scheduled to perform. More details on “Through The Mic,” tickets and parking information are available via the official LACMA website. The finale kicks off Thursday at 7:00 pm behind the Urban Lights installation as usual. But how does the event’s co-curator feel about what may be Los Angeles’ best kept secret?

“I think more people are finding out about it,” Murs offered during September’s showcase, which featured Blu, Exile, Madlib, Freddie Gibbs and Nocando. “On a Thursday last month, I announced that [this showcase] would be free. We didn’t know who would be performing, so we just announced it. And on the following Monday, 500 people signed up so we had to stop it—just in case the fans of the artists that we had yet to announce wanted to get some tickets. So it’s been great. No disrespect to anyone that’s performed so far, but now I just think people are into the event. They’re coming for ‘Through The Mic,’ and it doesn’t matter who’s on the bill. It’s just a good time.”

During any given Thursday, fans were likely to see Fashawn, Co$$, Medusa and more. Bonus points for all those that caught Houseshoes vibing out to Madlib’s extended Dilla set. As Murs pointed out, access to the entire museum, the food and drinks available via the swanky, adjacent Ray’s Stark Bar and the always agreeable Los Angeles weather don’t hurt either.

Sometime in between his multiple album releases, Paid Dues and duties with LACMA, Murs made time for what may have been 2012’s most controversial video.

“To be direct, we’re talking about me kissing a man [on camera] right?” Murs asked in response to a statement regarding his “Animal Style” video. “We’re talking me being married to a woman, but taking a stand for same sex marriage and equality for all human beings?”

Yes, we’re talking about that…in a roundabout sort of way. With the critical and commercial success of Frank Ocean—and his decision to write an open letter regarding his sexuality after UK scribe Max Akhtar was one of the first to point out some of his songs referenced a “him”—Hip Hop has been forced to confront a long history of homophobia this year.

“It feels really good to be making a difference…to be making an impact for something other than rapping dope,” Murs added. “For being respected both as a storyteller and somewhat as an activist—I feel like I could still do more—but I’m glad to have a positive light focused on Rap music in general. I’m happy to strive for what I feel is right and take a stand for it.”

Murs and 9th Wonder will drop, their fifth collaborative album, The Final Adventure on November 13. In the meantime, you can cop his joint album with Fashawn—This Generation—via select retailers and digital outlets everywhere…the same applies to his solo album Love And Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation.

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23 Comments

  • Dru

    Yall chillout Murs is a dope MC and people just ignore the other songs on the Album where he talks about his love for his Wife. Murs could have a future in Hollywood with the way he acted in the music video so chill with the derogatory statements about Murs when he was merely acting.

  • Devin

    He gay. What kind of straight man kisses another man to show there support for gay people. That ish is stupid.

    • rdcj

      Check out your boy Will Smith on Six Degrees of Separation.

    • youareanidiot

      Actors have always done this, and there is nothing odd about it. In the music video he is acting. In music,movies, whatever- people play characters.

  • Notorious H.A.T.E.R.

    Murs lost me when he kissed a guy. I honestly think he did it for the publicity but we all know how that panned out. One more thing, lets talk about tolerance and the freedom to believe what you want. If you don't believe in mix marriages that doesn't make you a racist. If you don't believe in same sex marriage that doesn't make you a bigot. If you think homosexuality if gross and morally wrong that doesn't make you homophobic. That is your belief. It amazes me that the same people who preach tolerance our guilty of being intolerant. They criticize and label people bigots when they don't support their views. People have the right to believe what they want as long as they don't discriminate in the public sphere. We pick and choose what we accept. Two men can marry yet a guy can't marry more than one woman. Its like believing in Superman but not Batman. If you are going to allow one abnormal practice why not all? I'm so tired of those on the left trying to deny everybody else their opinions by labeling them as soon as they disagree. I don't think homosexuality should be promoted. Personally seeing it in action is disgusting. Some people cringe from horror movies, blood, etc. I cringe seeing two men kiss. It is what it is. However, I don't believe in discriminating against the LGBT community. I just believe homosexuality is an abnormal practice that is the result of some sort of biological misfire because there is nor BIOLOGICAL reason people of the same sex should be sexually attracted when the only purpose of SEX is procreation which in HUMANS requires a male and female. Peace

    • Anonymous

      Word. Only God will judge us in the end no matter our sexual preference, no matter our beliefs, no matter what. Who are we to judge.

  • Chris Newberry

    Niggas actin like he kissed them and shit!lmao

  • khordkutta

    Dayum...Good Ish Murs

  • Anonymous

    dope song with an actual message in it. #RealHipHop/MC

  • G

    cuz that sht nasty. im no homophobe . . that shit just nasty though lol

  • CWNGODFATHER

    Funny how heads was all jerkin off and shit when Queen Latifah's was slobbin down whoever that other chick in "Set it Off", but when Murs makes a video and pop kisses another man for a song that was specifically making a statement showing the struggle Gay people go through EVERYDAY, people wanna have a problem with it. If you got a problem with one aspect of it, you should have a problem with all of it, period. Don't be a hypocrite. Bottom line, the song was dope, he did the damn thing, and I respect that man for taking a stand and doing something he believes in. Meanwhile the rest of you zombies can roam in empty-ness and hop on the next trend. Props to Murs

  • Anonymous

    The same guy who got 2 pornstars buttnaked and had them sit on his face made a video where he portrayed a gay character. Sorry I just couldn't take Murs seriously in that video. Hes a great artist and Im glad to see he still takes a stand.

  • hnic

    murs lost my respect with this shit for real!

    • Ken R.

      Lost respect because someone took a stand for what they believe in? When I seen 3MG in Denver my only disappointment with Murs set was he didnt perform Animal Style. Murs said Hip-Hop hasnt shocked anybody in a while (or something to that effect on Sway radio show) Guess its true the best answer to stupidity is silence so to you I say; ......

  • thought dog

    How you know the world is fucked. An MC makes a track about millions of lives lost thru war----- Silence An MC makes a video about man sex------ People stop buying his albums

  • Anonymous

    Can't wait for the Final Adventure, but still c'mon MURS just cause you support it don't mean you gotta kiss a dude, that shits just overkill.

  • Jus10

    This dude is an inspiration to humanity. We frown upon racism, neo nazis, and sexism, but people still won't accept homosexuality.

  • QBN

    He could've mad a stand for gay marriage without having to kiss a man on screen.. that shit was unnecessary. Gays can have equal rights, but personally I don't want to see men kissing other men in my rap videos.

  • Anonymous

    Murs is fucking trash-- El-P shut his label for a REASON, this bum being one of 'em.

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