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Keith Murray (born September 13, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York City) is an American rapper and member of the popular hip hop group Def Squad, which also includes Redman and Erick Sermon

Life and career

Murray’s best known song is “The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World”, which appeared on his 1994 debut album of the same name. From 1994 to 1999, he released on Jive Records. After that, he changed labels for each album – from Def Jam to Koch Records to Legion of Doom Records.

In 1998, he was sentenced to three years in prison for assault for attacking a man with a bar stool during a disagreement.
Murray denies the crime.

His latest album is called Rap-Murr-Phobia (Fear of Real Hip Hop) and was released via Koch Entertainment. In addition to his Def Squad colleagues Redman and Erick Sermon, Tyrese and Method Man can also be heard on the long player.

Discography

Studio albums

Year Title Highest Placement, Total Weeks, AwardChart PlacementsChart Placements[1][2]
(year, title, placements, weeks, awards, notes)
Notes
DE EN AT AT CH CH UK UK US US
1994 The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World – — – — – — – — US34

Gold

Gold


(19 Wo.)US

First release: November 8, 1994
1996 Enigma – — – — – — – — US39
(11 Wo.)US
First release: 26 November 1996
1999 It’s a Beautiful Thing – — – — – — – — US39
(6 Wo.)US
First publication: 12 January 1999
2003 He’s Keith Murray – — – — – — – — US40
(4 Wo.)US
First publication: July 15, 2003
2007 Rap-Murr-Phobia (The Fear of Real Hip-Hop) – — – — – — – — US52
(2 Wo.)US
First publication: 31 July 2007

Compilations

  • 1999: The Most Beautifullest Hits (first release: August 10, 1999)

More albums

  • 2008 Intellectual Violence
  • 2008 Puff Puff Pass

Singles

Year Title
Album
Highest Placement, Total Weeks, AwardChart PlacementsChart Placements[1]
(year, title, album, placings, weeks, awards, notes)
Notes
DE EN AT AT CH CH UK UK US US
1994 The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World
The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World
– — – — – — – — US50
(18 Wo.)US
First release: 10 October 1994
1995 Get Lifted
The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World
– — – — – — – — US71
(10 Wo.)US
First release: January 27, 1995
1996 The Rhyme
Enigma
– — – — – — UK59
(2 Wo.)UK
– —
First release: October 21, 1996
1998 Incredible
It’s a Beautiful Thing
– — – — – — UK52
(2 Wo.)UK
– —
First release: September 15, 1998
feat. LL Cool J
2003 Yeah Yeah U Know It
He’s Keith Murray
– — – — – — – — US99
(1 Wo.)US
First release: January 28, 2003
feat. Def Squad

As guest musicians

Year Title
Album
Highest Placement, Total Weeks, AwardChart PlacementsChart Placements[1]
(year, title, album, placings, weeks, awards, notes)
Notes
DE EN AT AT CH CH UK UK US US
1998 Shorty (You Keep Playin’ With My Mind)
Imajin
DE100
(1 Wo.)EN
– — – — UK22
(3 Wo.)UK
US25
(20 Wo.)US
First release: May 1998
Imajin feat. Keith Murray
Home Alone
R.
DE82
(6 Wo.)EN
– — – — UK17
(5 Wo.)UK
US65
(16 Wo.)US
First release: October 30, 1998
R. Kelly feat. Keith Murray
2001 Fatty Girl
The Good Life
– — – — – — – — US87
(14 Wo.)US
First release: December 4, 2001
with Ludacris & LL Cool J

Further guest contributions

  • 1993 “Hostile” ft. Jeffrey Stewart / “Swing It Over Here” ft. Redman – on Erick Sermon’s “No Pressure” album – Rush Associated Labels
  • 1994 “Cosmic Slop” ft. Erick Sermon – on Redman’s “Dare Iz Darside” album – Rush Associated Labels
  • 1994 “Keith Murray Interlude” – on Mary J. Blige’s “My Life” album – MCA Records
  • 1994 “Newark To C.I.” – on Shaquille O’Neal’s “Shaq Fu – Da Return” Album – Jive
  • 1995 “Be Happy (Puffy Remix)” – on Mary J. Blige’s “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” Maxi CD – MCA Records
  • 1995 “Tell ‘Em” ft. Roz / “Welcome” ft. Aaron Hall / “Set It Off” / “Open Fire” ft Redman – on Erick Sermon’s “Double Or Nothing” album – Rush Associated Labels
  • 1995 “What I’m After (I Know You) (Remix)” – by Lords of the Undergrounds “Faith b/w Neva Faded” 12″ – Pendulum Records
  • 1995 “Get Down To It” – from Kapone’s “Get Down To It b/w No Jurisdiction” 12″ – Penalty Records
  • 1995 “Genetic For Terror” ft. Erick Sermon, L.O.D., Redman – from Jamal’s “Last Chance, No Breaks” album – Rowdy Records
  • 1995 “Live In 1995 Freestyle Session” ft. Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, Guru, Ill Al Skratch, Q-Tip, Rampage, Unique Mop, Wu-Tang Clan / “Bad Boys II Freestyle Session (Part 1)” ft. Erick Sermon – on Doo Wop’s “Live In 1995 Freestyle Session”
  • 1995 “I Shot Ya”, “I Shot Ya (Remix)” ft. Fat Joe, Foxy Brown, Prodigy – on LL Cool J’s “Mr. Smith” album – Def Jam Recordings
  • 1996 UGK – “Live Wires Connect” ft. Lord Jamar – on V.A. – “Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood – The Soundtrack” – Island Records
  • 1996 LL Cool J – “I Shot Ya” / Skin Deep – “No More Games (Remix)” – V.A. – “Kool DJ Red Alert Presents…” – Next Plateau
  • 1996 “Da Ill Out” ft. Jamal – on Redman’s Muddy Waters album – Rush Associated Labels
  • 1996 “Pay Ya Dues” ft. Busta Rhymes, Cocoa Brovaz – V.A. – Frankie Cutlass – “Politics & Bullshit (Sampler)” – Epic Records
  • 1996 “Flipmode Squad Meets Def Squad” ft. Rampage, Jamal, Lord Have Mercy, Redman – on Busta Rhymes’ “The Coming” Album – Elektra Records
  • 1997 “K.I.M.” ft. Redman – on EPMD’s “Back In Business” album – Def Jam Recordings
  • 1997 “Off The Wall” – on Tha Alkaholiks’ “Likwidation” album – Loud Records
  • 1998 KRS-One – “5 Boroughs” ft. Buckshot, Cam’ron, Killah Priest, Prodigy, Redman, Run, Vigilante – Jive
  • 1998 “Down South Funk” ft. Erick Sermon – on Redman’s “Doc’s Da Name 2000” – Def Jam Recordings
  • 1998 “Hai!” ft. 50 Grand – DJ Honda’s “II” Album – Relativity
  • 1999 “It’s My Thang ’99” ft. Erick Sermon, Redman – on DJ Clue’s “The Professional” Mixtape – Roc-A-Fella Records
  • 1999 “High Divaz” ft. Kel-Vicious – on Humanreck’s “Deadly And Dangerous” Album – Bad Newz Records
  • 1999 “The Right Time” – on Cherrelle’s “The Right Time” album – Power Records
  • 2000 “Hostility” ft. Redman – on Erick Onasis “Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis” Album – DreamWorks Records
  • 2001 “Wrong 4 That” – on Redman’s “Malpractice” album – Def Jam Recordings
  • 2001 “Now What’s Up” ft. Redman, Sy Scott / “Up Them Thangs” ft. Cadillac Tah / “Music (Remix)” ft. Redman – J Records
  • 2002 “So It Ain’t So” ft. Boo & Gotti, Mikkey – on Baby aka Birdman’s “Birdman” album – Cash Money Records
  • 2002 “Hold Up Dub” – on Erick Sermon’s “React” album – J Records
  • 2002 “Take It to the Head” – on Kelly Price’s “Priceless” album – Def Soul
  • 2002 G-Dep – “Special Delivery (Remix)” ft. Craig Mack, Ghostface Killah – Bad Boy Entertainment
  • 2004 “Listen” – from Erick Sermon’s “Chilltown, New York” album – Universal Records
  • 2004 “How Many Times (Remarkable)” ft. Lord Tariq – on Rahzel’s “Rahzel’s Greatest Knock Outs!” Album – Sure Shot Recordings
  • 2004 Obie Trice – “Rap Game (Remix)” – Shady Records
  • 2006 Legends of the hood feat Karim (Jentown Chryme Hamburg) Album Schwarzer Rabe

Track Appear On

  • 1994 “How’s That” ft. Erick Sermon, Redman – V.A. – “A Low Down Dirty Shame (Music From The Motion Picture)” – Jive
  • 1995 “Freestyle” with Redman – on Funkmaster Flex’ “60 Minutes Of Funk – The Mix Tape Volume I” album – Loud Records
  • 1995 “Get Lifted” – V.A. – “Jive West 25th Vol. 2” – Jive
  • 1995 “East Left” – V.A. – “New Jersey Drive Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” – Tommy Boy Music
  • 1996 “It’s That Hit” – V.A. – “Insomnia – The Erick Sermon Compilation Album” – Interscope Records
  • 1998 “Freestyle” – on Funkmaster Flex’ “60 Minutes Of Funk – The Mix Tape Volume III” album – Loud Records
  • 1998 Too Short – “Independence Day” – V.A./Too Short – “Nationwide: Independence Day: The Compilation” – Jive
  • 2001 “He’s Back” – V.A. – “Rush Hour 2 – Soundtrack” – Def Jam Recordings
  • 2001 “Freestyle” – on Funkmaster Flex’ – “Special Delivery – Freestyle EP (Part 2)” – Fat Beats
  • ? “Rapper’s Delight” ft. Redman, Erick Sermon – V.A. – “Rapper’s Delight b/w Sucker MC’s” – White Label

Unofficial releases

  • ? “Untitled Freestyle” – V.A. – “Classic Freestyles Vol. 1”
  • ? “Get Lifted” – V.A. – “Get Lifted / Verbal Intercourse / ’93 Til Infinity / God Lives Through” – Hip Hop Classics
  • 1995 “Get Lifted (Instrumental)” – V.A. – “Hot Funk”
  • 2003 “The Rhyme (Slum Village Remix)” – V.A. – “A.K.A. J. Yancey” – Once Upon A Time

Def Squad

  • 1998 “El Niño” (Def Jam Recordings)

Sources

  1. a b c Chart sources: UK US
  2. Music Sales Awards: US

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