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 6 Quincy, WA Rock the Bells @ Gorge Amphitheatre
September 13 San Diego, CA Aubergine
September 27 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles State Historic Park
October 7 San Francisco, CA The Independent
October 8 Reno, NV Tonic Bar
October 9 Eugene, OR WOW Hall
October 10 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
October 11 Seattle, WA Nectar Lounge
October 12 Missoula, MT The Other Side
October 14 Sioux Falls, SD Nutty’s
October 15 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
October 16 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
October 17 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
October 20 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
October 21 Chicago, IL Abbey Pub
October 22 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
October 23 Columbus, OH The Basement
October 24 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
October 25 Pittsburgh, PA Shadow Lounge
October 28 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
October 29 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
October 31 Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar
November 1 Washington, DC Rock And Roll Hotel
November 2 Baltimore, MD Bedrock
November 3 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
November 5 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
November 6 West Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
November 7 Nashville, TN The Mercy Lounge
November 8 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
November 10 Saint Augustine, FL Cafe Eleven
November 11 Miami, FL Churchill’s Pub
November 13 Tallahassee, FL Platform 809
November 15 Gainesville, FL ComGrounds
November 17 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
November 18 Austin, TX Emo’s
November 19 Denton, TX Hailey’s
November 21 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar
November 22 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
December 11 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre