Z2 Entertainment will present The Road to Paid Dues Tour featuring MURS with Fashawn at the Fox Theatre on Friday, March 8th. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 7th for $18.00 in advance and $20.00 day of show.
While a past history as collaborators has been non-existent for left coast rappers Murs and Fashawn, eventually seeing them coalesce made sense considering their close quarters and likewise associates. With Murs playing the grizzled vet and Fashawn the lyrical wunderkind, This Generation thrives in its approach to bridge the gap for two emcees that represent a pragmatic attitude, with anecdotes of love and paper chasing stuffed in between.
This Generation appropriately carries a City of Angels theme with tracks like “64’ Impala” and “Reina De Barrio (Ghetto Queen)” lending a radiant climate. It also doesn’t hurt that full production is handled by K-Salaam & Beatnick, whose intrinsic expertise is worth its weight in gold. Take for instance “Yellow Tape,” where hollow drums and a seamy melody create a mischievous setting. Then on “Peace Treaty,” K-Salaam & Beatnick lock down a funky backdrop that would make DJ Quik proud. With each track averaging in at the three and a half minute mark, there’s very Little Room for frills or features as Murs and Fashawn focus their collective efforts on formulating records with purpose, such as “And It Goes.” Over a melancholic beat, the two lament on the trials of street life.
Though Murs has been a fairly successful partner to other artist collaborations (specifically Slug of Atmosphere and 9th Wonder), his kinship here with Fashawn is one that should work as a celebrated launching pad for both emcees, and hopefully will stand as a first project of many we’ll hear in the future.