Fornever

Album Review of Fornever by Murs & 9th Wonder.

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Fornever

Murs & 9th Wonder

Fornever by Murs & 9th Wonder

Release Date: Apr 13, 2010
Record label: SMC
Genre(s): Rap

64 Music Critic Score
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Fornever - Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

After the paranoid tendencies of Murray’s Revenge and the lackluster, politically charged Murs for President, Murs teamed up with his old pal, 9th Wonder, for a spirited full-length that harks back to the days of 3:16: The 9th Edition. Maybe it’s because it was recorded in L.A., on Murs’ home coast, or due to the fact that the two have a brotherly chemistry that lends itself to wisecracking good times, but Murs sounds reinvigorated and -- for the first time in a while -- glad to be where he is as a rapper. Instead of wasting time boasting or targeting adversaries, Murs concentrates solely on storytelling.

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Pitchfork - 61
Based on rating 6.1/10
61

If it weren't for the promise to release an additional nine records this year, Murs' first 2010 offering, ForNever, might look like a foreboding back-to-the-drawing-board exercise. After his lukewarm major-label bid Murs for President in 2008, it makes a lot of sense to see the diehard Californian calling on an old friend to help get him back into a headspace that produced some of the rapper's strongest records to date. 9th Wonder-- a producer's gold standard for understated, laid-back cool-- is back for a fourth time helming the entirety of a Murs project.

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PopMatters - 50
Based on rating 5/10
50

“Murs is Better Than Your Favorite Rapper” was a bumper sticker for sale briefly somewhere between Murs’ first two collaborations with producer 9th Wonder, Murs 3:16 (2004) and Murray’s Revenge (2006). At the time, with maybe a few big-name MC exceptions, the statement might have been pretty damn true. So I bought one and threw it on my truck.

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