When LA’s own Murs linked with North Carolina’s 9th Wonder, it was quickly evident that the pairing was divine. Murs’s top-tier lyricism mixed with 9th Wonder’s multifaceted talents as producer, rapper and DJ yielded six studio albums to date. Each project garnered critical acclaim and fan praise, further solidifying their legacies within hip-hop beyond their respective solo careers.
Their first collaboration Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition released via El-P’s Definitive Jux imprint in 2004, with the label boss himself executive producing the project. The album was celebrated amongst the hip-hop literati, resulting in an 85 score on Metacritic. Commercially, it peaked at No. 87 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart, as well as No. 16 on the Top Independent Albums chart. Their second effort, 2006’s Murray’s Revenge, became Murs’s first release to enter the Billboard 200. Notably, the 10-track collection is free from profanity, a detail that separates the project from the vast majority of contemporary hip-hop albums. Two years later, 9th Wonder and Murs released Sweet Lord—a project where fans could access it for free online, provided they purchased each member’s solo efforts.
In 2010, their fourth collaboration Fornever was released, remaining true to their 10-track formula. Their fifth album—2012’s The Final Adventure—released via Jamla Records with only one guest appearance by Rapsody. Conversely, Murs and 9th Wonder’s most recent release—the 12-track Brighter Days—arrived on New Year’s Eve in 2015 with no dearth of cameos, as the sixth studio album featured the likes of Rapsody, Mac Miller, and more.