Calling on the spirit of a young Common Sense, L.A. rapper Murs and accomplished producer 9th Wonder revisit nineties hip-hop classic “I Used To Love H.E.R.” on their new collaborative album, “Fornever.” Although Murs spits Common’s lyrics with a slightly more domineering tone, a byproduct of his home city’s gangsta-rap roots, this new adaptation might barely be distinguishable from the first if not for 9th Wonder’s production. The Raleigh, North Carolina producer gives the song a unique spin by providing Murs with an airy, melodic beat listeners will find it hard not to bob their heads to. As always, 9th Wonder’s unique production talent shines through, but Murs’s gritty reality raps are the album’s real draw. On “Let Me Talk,” the hip-hop veteran may not provide the same “grit” West Coast hip-hop fans are accustomed to, but authoritatively paints a picture that quite possibly every adult male can relate to: arguing with a significant other. “West Coast Cinderella” vividly describes the ups and downs of a struggling teenage girl while urging females everywhere to keep their heads high regardless. Providing a little something for everyone imaginable, he even pens an ode to Asian women, predictably titled “Asian Girl.” A rarity in hip-hop, Murs shows unprecedented versatility, providing significant messages and displaying great story-telling while still having fun. (Darrel Sangster)
May 12 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, (773)525-2501, 9pm. $13-$15.