Underground rapper Murs is going national with his upcoming tour in support of his major label debut, “Murs for President.” The 39-date headlining campaign...

Underground rapper Murs is going national with his upcoming tour in support of his major label debut, “Murs for President.” The 39-date headlining campaign begins on September 6 in Quincy, WA, and continues through December 11 in Los Angeles, CA.

The album, “Murs for President” is the seventh studio effort from the rapper, who is based out of Los Angeles, CA. He debuted on an independent label in 1997 with “F’Real,” and has built up a strong following with his subsequent records, including his collaboration albums with Slug, 9th Wonder, and 3 Melancholy Gypsys. The release of “Murs for President” is scheduled for September 30.

With this new release and the complementary campaign tour, Murs has declared himself as a candidate for change within the world of hip-hop. In a musical genre where references to violence and drugs run rampant, the articulate and sober Murs represents a stark contrast to his rap and hip-hop peers. His official Web site states that rapper’s musical campaign runs on the platform of “peace, love, unity and having fun.”

“Let me speak for hip-hop. I’m the one guy who is qualified to represent us to the masses — which are obviously tired of us because hip-hop often can’t sell records,” Murs is quoted on the site. “It can only sell ringtones. It’s become a mockery of itself. It’s become club music.”

He continued, “For us to lead back into the marketplace and to be a respected art form, I feel that I’m the most qualified person. It’s time for hip-hop to have a change.”

Though his own campaign may be limited to the world of music for the 2008 election year, he is also trying to get his fanbase involved in the real thing. Murs is slated to appear at the Democratic National Convention this week, not only as a performer, but also as a reporter and speaker. His official MySpace page includes links to register to vote through “Rock the Vote,” the voter initiative focused on getting youth involved in politics.

Murs itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

September 6Quincy, WARock the Bells @ Gorge Amphitheatre
September 13San Diego, CAAubergine
September 27Los Angeles, CALos Angeles State Historic Park
October 7San Francisco, CAThe Independent
October 8Reno, NVTonic Bar
October 9Eugene, ORWOW Hall
October 10Portland, ORHawthorne Theatre
October 11Seattle, WANectar Lounge
October 12Missoula, MTThe Other Side
October 14Sioux Falls, SDNutty’s
October 15Omaha, NEThe Waiting Room
October 16Des Moines, IAVaudeville Mews
October 17Minneapolis, MN7th Street Entry
October 20Madison, WIHigh Noon Saloon
October 21Chicago, ILAbbey Pub
October 22Ann Arbor, MIBlind Pig
October 23Columbus, OHThe Basement
October 24Cleveland, OHBeachland Ballroom & Tavern
October 25Pittsburgh, PAShadow Lounge
October 28Boston, MAParadise Rock Club
October 29New York, NYBowery Ballroom
October 31Philadelphia, PANorth Star Bar
November 1Washington, DCRock And Roll Hotel
November 2Baltimore, MDBedrock
November 3Carrboro, NCCat’s Cradle
November 5Charlotte, NCTremont Music Hall
November 6West Columbia, SCNew Brookland Tavern
November 7Nashville, TNThe Mercy Lounge
November 8Atlanta, GAThe Masquerade
November 10Saint Augustine, FLCafe Eleven
November 11Miami, FLChurchill’s Pub
November 13Tallahassee, FLPlatform 809
November 15Gainesville, FLComGrounds
November 17New Orleans, LAOne Eyed Jacks
November 18Austin, TXEmo’s
November 19Denton, TXHailey’s
November 21Kansas City, MOThe Record Bar
November 22Boulder, COFox Theatre
December 11Los Angeles, CAEl Rey Theatre

Last Updated on August 26, 2008 by By Allison Reitz