The End of the Beginning (Murs album)

The End of the Beginning is a studio album by American rapper Murs. It was released on Definitive Jux in 2003.

The End of the Beginning
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 25, 2003 (2003-02-25)
GenreHip hop
LabelDefinitive Jux
Murs chronology
Murs Is My Best Friend
The End of the Beginning
Murs for President
Singles from The End of the Beginning
  1. "God's Work"
    Released: 2002 (2002)
  2. "Risky Business"
    Released: 2003 (2003)

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone[5]
Stylus MagazineB−[6]
Tiny Mix Tapes4/5[7]
The Village VoiceA−[8]

John Bush of AllMusic described The End of the Beginning as "one of the most refreshing rap records in years."[1] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club called it a "stellar label debut".[9]

In XLR8R, Philip Sherburne praised "Murs' lyricism, which combines an unhurried, conversational flow with a confidence so solid he needn't resort to boasting".[10] Louis Miller of CMJ New Music Report said, "While delivering bold statements against wannabe gangstas and shaking his head at record industry politics, Murs manages to marry street-life thug-appeal with intelligent lyricism and spitfire delivery, attempting to bring The End to corporate Hip-Hop."[11]

Track listing

1."You & I"Tate the Example3:14
2."Dibbs Did This Shit"Mr. Dibbs2:09
3."What Do You Know?"Belief4:05
4."The Scuffle"Oh No3:44
5."The Night Before"Jizzm High Definition4:38
6."Transitionz az a Ridah"Patchwerk3:26
7."Happy Pillz" (featuring Aesop Rock)Blockhead4:56
8."Risky Business" (featuring Shock G)Shock G4:53
9."The Dance" (featuring El-P)El-P4:37
10."God's Work"Belief4:24
11."Def Cover"El-P3:56
12."Please Leave"Oh No3:46
13."Sore Losers"RJD22:50
14."BT$"Sunspot Jonz3:07
15."18 w/ a Bullet"Ant4:27
16."Brotherly Love"Belief3:50
17."Got Damned?"Ant4:19
18."Done Deal" (featuring 3 Melancholy Gypsys)Mum's the Word3:29


Chart (2003) Peak
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[12] 27


  1. Bush, John. "The End of the Beginning – Murs". AllMusic. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  2. Hsu, Hua. "Murs: The End of the Beginning". Blender. Archived from the original on August 20, 2004. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  3. J-23 (February 25, 2003). "Murs – End of the Beginning". HipHopDX. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  4. Kallman, Matt (April 23, 2003). "Murs: The End of the Beginning". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  5. Caramanica, Jon (February 20, 2003). "Murs: The End Of The Beginning". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on July 22, 2009. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  6. Thomas, Fredrick (September 1, 2003). "Murs – The End Of The Beginning – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on December 15, 2006. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  7. Wolfman. "Murs – The End of the Beginning". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  8. Christgau, Robert (December 30, 2003). "MLK Fever". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  9. Rabin, Nathan (March 4, 2003). "Murs: The End Of The Beginning". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  10. Sherburne, Philip (March 26, 2003). "Murs: The End of the Beginning". XLR8R. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  11. Miller, Louis (March 3, 2003). "Murs: The End Of The Beginning". CMJ New Music Report: 7. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  12. "Murs Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
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