Keith Murray

The Most Beautifullest Hits

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All of Keith Murray's strengths -- his distinctive delivery, unique rhymes, and best of all, his incredibly smooth flow -- tended to suffer from excessive repetition on his individual solo albums. Each of his three LPs to date have paired a couple of incredible tracks with many more that try the same things and often fail simply because they'd already been tried. Given that, a best-of collection hitting on all of Murray's strongest tracks is a natural fit. Also important is the teaming of Murray with producer Erick Sermon (on 11 of the 14 tracks here). It has to rank as one of the best combos in hip-hop's history, and the duo has combined for tight, innovative tracks time and time again on Murray's albums. And thanks to fraternal licensing agreements, The Most Beautifullest Hits also includes Murray's best appearances on other rapper's records, back to his breakout on 1993's "Hostile" from No Pressure by Erick Sermon to the remix of LL Cool J's "I Shot Ya" (also featuring Foxy Brown, Fat Joe, and Prodigy) to his appearance on the soundtrack to 1997's Dangerous Ground. Taken in sum, the album is well-compiled and skips over Murray's weaker joints to embrace all of his best.

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