March 13, 2011

People You Should Know: Moruf

Hello my good good people! Today’s ‘People You Should Know’ feature is quite special because I will be presenting you all with an immensely talented individual. I had the absolute privilege of interviewing someone who I believe are the most talented up-and-coming rapper I've listened to in a very long time: Moruf. This young man is nothing short of inspiring; the fact that he are out in the world chasing their dreams and working endlessly at his craft is something that moves me deeply. Nas wasn’t lying when he said the world is yours. If you dream big and believe in yourself, you can achieve anything. It is up to us to claim ownership of our destinies. We were all born with the tools of success, we just have to put them to use.

The things that strike me the most about Moruf’s music are his flow, his lyrical content, and his choice of beats. The manner in which he seamlessly weaves storylines filled with riveting rhymes and witty wordplay over the soulful sound of clapping drums is mesmerizing. Moruf’s style of music is right up my alley; I am a huge fan of Slum Village so I was more than thrilled to hear some of their beats on his awesome mixtape entitled Garden State of Mind: Ready To Live. There is so much depth to his songs; I hear hope in his music. It's definitely something you can vibe to. I also appreciate the fact that his music stays true to what I would consider pure hip-hop: poetry to a beat. Like I always say, if you took a rap song and stripped away all the background noise and was left with the soulful sound of spoken word, you’ve got some genuine hip-hop. That is exactly what Moruf's work is; he is straight soul, no chaser.

Here are a few of my personal favorite tracks from Moruf (click to play)Love JonesSlumdogPeach Gone BadCanon

How long have you been making music? What initially got you interested?
I’ve been making music for the past 2-3yrs I would say. I always had a huge interest since I was young; started off singing in my middle school choir. I always wrote raps but I would say that’s making music. I actually started recording songs about 2-3yrs ago. The no riles factor within creating is what interested me. I love the fact I could say what I want over a beat and people would appreciate it.I'm a lover of music first before just hip-hop. I love oldies: Anita, Marvin, alternative, Theophilus London, Little Dragon, The Beatles…but hip-hop was something that I thought I was good at so I decided to give it a try.
Are you in school or doing any other type of work? If so, how do you balance these other activities with your music?
Yes, I attend Kean University in Union, NJ. Lord willing, I shall be done soon. 1 more year 8) And yes, I do work as well. Radio, a little part time gig. In all honesty, almost every day I’m busy from music, class or work and if I’m not doing either one I feel as though I’m not doing enough so I try to be balanced as possible when it comes to the timing. I feel I was born to keep myself busy…for now at least. It’s apart of the grind I would say.

How do you feel about the current state of hip-hop? Do you think it's dead?
Hip-hop isn't dead; THE RADIO IS! The best music nowadays is not on the radio which really sucks. Everything is pretty much the same. It sucks how the radio nowadays doesn’t give new artists a chance but rather has the same 10 artists playing in a cycle ALL DAAAAAY! AND WHAT REALLY SUCKS IS THAT AT THE JOB I WORK AT, I HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE RADIO ALLL DAY.

Who are your favorite hip-hop artists?
Jay Electronica, Mos Def, Talib, Madlib, Quasimoto, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye, J Dilla (as a producer & MC), Andre 3000, Pete Rock, Baatin (Slum Village), Melo-X
I love your mixtape, Garden State of Mind: Ready To Live because I get so much of that feel-good, soulful, genuine hip-hop vibe from it. In an age where most rap music is very commercial, what inspired you to stay true to a very conscious brand of hip-hop?
I don’t know to be honest. This is something that I just felt. I didn't think "hmm, I wonder how the radio would feel about it"; I simply felt right and the homies agrees as well so I put it out.  I get that question a lot. I don’t know, I’m just myself within the music so by me not trying to sound like anyone else I guess it all works out for the best!


  1. Anonymous3/13/2011

    GREAT POST!!!!!! I had heard of Theo before but not Moruf but I love Moruf's flow! You are right, the brotha is smooth! And Theo is great as well. Great job on this.

  2. Anonymous3/13/2011

    very nice

  3. i seriously felt this post---great vibez on it!

  4. OH MY GOSH, what a dope post! great interview, I really enjoyed reading this. These 2 are good.

  5. Yemi U.3/13/2011

    Dee. You've done it again #smash

    Moruf is WOW! That song Love Jones is beautiful.

  6. Thank you for the good words. Greatly appreciated.

  7. I thought i recognized theo's name from sartorial sounds! lol. I really like his music..definitely something to groove to ;]

    and moruf is awesome! i really like that first video of him...amazing.

  8. thank you for putting the download links, i'm downloading both their mixtapes ASAP.

  9. Great post!..really good artists..I love Theo´s music is just amazing!..I´m downloading his mixtape righ now!

    The Black Label

  10. Cool Interviews! :) Just posted this on my radio show facebook wall!

  11. James Dean3/14/2011

    Theo Martins is that dude. Sincerely Yours is the best mixtape i've heard in a really long time. I think it's a game changer.

  12. I just recently discovered Moruf myself. I am falling more in love with his flow every time I listen. My faves are Mailman, Story of My Life, and Canon. I love the beats... ahh. Your posts are great. ♥

  13. Lovely sounds!! Yeah, isn't it sad how 'radio is dead' and the best sounds aren't represented enough? I'd never had known about them if not for you :( So thanks!


  14. oh my goodness thank you so much!
    didnt think you'd actually reply, love this post!
    God bless

  15. i really love your blog! you feature some pretty cool people

  16. Thank you all so much for commenting and showing Theo & Moruf love!!

  17. Nigerians doing big things!!!

    Very good post, I love these 2 artists!

  18. Theo was dope. I keep on enjoying the fact you bring ppl out that are not always mainstream.

  19. very nice post, really feeling Theo

  20. Hey, thanks for commenting on my blog. Couldn't agree more with what you were saying, thanks for directing me to Moruf and Theo Martins! Especially loving Moruf, he has a little Blu twist to him! Blog's on point as always, definately gunna have a listen to his mixtape now, have a look at my reviews if you've got a minute.

  21. good music here .... one of the most entertaining blog :)


  22. Thank you all so much for your feedback!!

  23. WOW thanx for introducing me to some great artists!!!

  24. Moruf is illll..



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