Brian Michael Murphy | Black Fire

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Black Fire

by Brian Michael Murphy

Beats. Rhymes. Brilliance.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Alternative Hip Hop
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1. Represent
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2. Crazy
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3. Black Fire
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4. All the Things You Didn't Do
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5. Places I've Been
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6. Sun Shine
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7. Who Knew
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8. The Nacirema
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9. La Rica Ladrona
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10. 100 Percent
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
One listen to “Black Fire” makes clear Brian Michael Murphy’s profound poetic gifts and love for life. Integrated perfectly with Murphy’s words is music that is as much influenced by DJ Premier and 9th Wonder as it is by The Beach Boys and Bjork. Production includes work by up-and-coming beatsmiths K81 and Rare Kommodity, as well as multi-instrumentalists Seth Earnest and Dav Julca, Jonathan “Echo” Julca, and Murphy himself. “Black Fire” is truly an album for the 21st century, hip hop for those who love beats and rhymes but not the stagnated patterns and rhyme schemes that define the bulk of the genre. This album is for anyone who loves music no matter the category, as long as it’s good and you can play it again and again and again, like an old cassette you used to just keep flipping over in the deck.
The title track “Black Fire” is an account of Murphy’s mystical trip to Heaven, where everything is not bathed in light, but in total darkness. Amidst the wonders he encounters in Paradise, he has revealing conversations with the spirits of his grandfathers—one white, one black. Add to this tale recollections of growing up a biracial hip hop head in small-town Ohio (“Represent”), a scathing critique of violence in American culture (“The Nacirema”), a whirlwind tour through Murphy’s extensive travels from Mexico to Morocco (“Places I’ve Been”), and a heartbreaking love story rapped in Spanish (“La Rica Ladrona”), and you have a well-rounded album as personal and provocative as good café conversation.
“Black Fire” is extremely human music: songs of intelligence and lost innocence, pain and forgiveness, anger and serenity, and, above all else, love. It is this love—for life, music, and people—that ultimately sets Murphy apart from his contemporaries, and makes “Black Fire” an album that will continue to move us for years to come.


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Michael McLean

The dopeness
Expect big things for this guy in the future. His flow is tight. Check him out!

Brad at CD Baby


On "Represent," the opening track on the lyrically bursting full-length debut from this Ohioan MC, we get some background info that strives for full disclosure, offering both a refreshing take on the standard "intro," as well as perspective on just where his roots are planted. The wordplay works overtime, channeling humor through cliches and spinning the end result with razor-sharp wit: "I shot mad guns ...in a forest;" "Bought a Beretta but then I totaled it." This candor is effective because it's not overused, and when it's mixed with the intricacy in the rhyme schemes and an unbending sincerity for the music he's making, it becomes a powerful tool. The rest of the album springboards from this starting point, as Murphy adeptly handles topics spanning from serious to laid back, even going bilingual on the unexpectedly flamenco-themed "La Rica Ladrona." Needless to say, if you're looking for an MC who's versatile on the mic, you've found him.

Anthony Varner

Keep it Real
This is the second album of Brian's. He keeps it real in all his works. Been there for many of them. I wish him the best as he heads to the top.

Jesse

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Can't say much more then these other cats have but I will say that I agree with them all, record is smooth, title track is definitely where its at and I also give alot of airplay to track 2 "crazy" grab this record for sure and it gets better with each listen