Murs probably wouldn't get elected on a change platform. His major-label debut after years on Def Jux feels status quo for the most part, and new labelmates will.i.am and Snoop only dilute his product with lazy cameos. But there's still much to admire about Mur's campaign to turn on some heads.
The song Everything, for example, glides with crisp beats (mixed by DJ Quik) and even manages to utilize a James Blunt sample effectively. Politics, fittingly, dominate Murs For President: the Los Angeles-based MC dissects hip-hop mindsets on The Science and examines his own moral convictions on Road Is My Religion. Much of the album is dedicated to what must have been a brutal breakup, and after three songs on the CD's back end we're feeling the pain, too.