Our good friend Mike Schpitz is about to release his third official project, Mike Murder, which is co-sponsored by BallerStatus.com, DJBooth.net, YNotMyDream.net, RefinedHype.com and PMG Media. What is this Mike Murder persona all about? Read on as the rapper reveals the background story and how it shows a different side of the rapper.
It’s been a little over a year since I first started releasing music to promote my debut album/project, Sunday Drive, so I wanted to take some time reflect on my current mind state as it relates to the current climate in hip-hop, as well as bring everyone up to speed about what is going on now. On the one year anniversary of Sunday Drive, I am releasing my third official project, titled Mike Murder. It showcases another side of me, my writing and my music that might not have been evident with my two previous releases: Sunday Drive and Love Potion Number 9th: The Hangover.
My favorite element of hip-hop has been and will always be the emcee. Although I have great appreciation for, and understand the value of the DJ, the producer, the engineers, the breakers, etc., I always listen to lyrics first. I am fascinated by the way emcees put together words. I heard that country music has the greatest song writers, but I couldn’t disagree more. Emcees manage to string together their thoughts in a way that not only makes perfect sense, but flows so well. It seems like the words were meant to fit. The stories in their songs read like novels with vivid descriptions of street tales, childhood struggles, and pursuit of the “American Dream”, that any author could appreciate. I think the message often gets lost in the assumption that the language is foul for no reason, but if you actually read the lyrics on paper, it’s easy to see how much power the words hold. Take Nas’ “Rewind” for example. He raps the entire story backwards, all the while keeping his flow precise. When you mix in the different styles of “flow,” rapping becomes one of the most difficult forms of writing.
In comes my new project, Mike Murder, which is all rhymes, no hooks. I took ten familiar, “industry” beats and rapped anywhere from 65-110 bars … non-stop. My focus on this project was simply to show people that I rap good. Sorry for the grammar error, but that is the best way I know how to put the project into a simple description. It’s easy to run out of subject matter when you write thousands of verses and hundreds of songs, so with Mike Murder, I tried to be as clever as possible with the wordplay and patterns. I tried to write bars and use punchlines that I have never really heard another emcee/rapper use. I’ll save the rest of the “back-patting” and let the music speak for itself.
I’m not really a fan of mixtapes because rappers tend to run EVERYTHING into the ground. Any hot beat that comes out, at least 50 rappers have jumped on and “bodied” the track. The majority of the time, it leads to the song getting played even quicker. However, I haven’t really dropped any material where I simply “go in” and “murder” the mic. Most of my songs, to date, are personal, laid back and more concept heavy, but Mike Murder is none of that. If you have ADD and find it difficult to listen to a rapper for more than 12 bars, this will not be your cup of tea.
This project is to really bring the lyrics to the forefront. I love writing songs and I love writing hooks, but a lot of the times, emcees get overshadowed by the beat or the hook and people don’t even really know who the rapper is. Songs nowadays seem to just be a formula, rather than letting the writer/emcee bring it to life. The beats already come with built-in hooks and the rapper just simply plugs-in his 8-16 bars. The music really feels prefabricated to me. I guess, I miss the rawness of the emcee, where he/she spazzes on the song, forcing the listener to rewind several times to catch everything that was said. To me, that is the purpose of Mike Murder, where the end result is the Jay-Z scrunch or the Mac Dre “thizz face.”
Mike Murder features ten tracks of nothing but rhymes. I was fortunate enough to bring in some of my favorite people on board to help sponsor the tape, so it could reach as many people as possible. DJBooth.net, BallerStatus.com, YNotMyDream.net, RefinedHype.com and PMG Media all showed their support by lending their sites, their input and their brand to help me get as much exposure as possible. I spend countless hours in the studio with Classick, recording, mixing and mastering the project so it would sound as good as possible with no budget. Dakota Blue Harper once again brought out his lens and captured the promo pictures and the shots for the artwork and of course, Heath O’Campo “murdered” the artwork. I invite everyone to open their ears and listen to my new project, Mike Murder.
So far, Mike has released two tracks from the project. The first was his version of Nas’ classic track, “Nas Is Like,” of course titled “Mike Is Like.” He’s also just dropped another, titled “Death to My InnerMe’s”, where he goes in over 50 Cent’s “Death To Me Enemies” instrumental.
The full Mike Murder project drops May 26th. For more info on Mike Schpitz, go to his official website MikeSchpitz.com.