YOU GOTTA SEE THIS: “Animal Style” by Murs
“Animal Style,” the cinematic final track on Murs’ Love and Rockets Vol. 1, gets the mini-movie that it deserves. This harrowing depiction of romantic conflict in an intolerant environment easily translates to film. The actors (Murs among them) give affecting performances, anchored by the Living Legend’s incomparable ability to analyze complex emotions with straightforward verses. Homosexual relationships are unfortunately considered to be atypical subject matter in hip-hop, underground included, except as cruel jokes. Murs omits the punch line and ramps up the tragedy, daring much of his fan base to confront their discomfort, and hopefully challenge its perpetuation.