When you begin looking into the life of story Atlanta’s very own, Steve Murf, it feels like music is practically his destiny. His parents were in a local singing group, and he spent a majority of his Friday nights there as a child soaking up the energy. Getting cassettes from them and vinyls from his brother, he spent hours listening to various genres. The emergence of hip-hop with the likes of KRS-One and Rakim was the one that resonated with him the most. From there he began watching Rap City every day after school and discovered works of art in the genre, like A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Maraudersand Outkast’s hit "Elevators," two definitive works Murf notes had a heavy impact on him.
As he reached high school age, he began writing his own raps, a heavy grounding in advanced storytelling with a hefty dosage of wordplay. It’s these inspirations of Q-Tip, Big Boi, and Andre 3000 that gave him the knowledge to craft a style of hip-hop of his own. As he finds himself firmly inside the new generation of the genre, Murf is unwavering in his message, becoming a vessel for truth and proving the art of the pen is far from dying. Rhythmic intricacies borrowing from funk and soul meshes seamlessly with modern day rap to create a fusion of the music that formed Murf into the artist he is today. Landing placements on Power Book II: Ghost, Grown-ish, and Ball in the Family, he is quickly finding an audience as he prepares to take 2022 by storm with an organic and timeless sound.
Listen to Steve Murf's debut EP Polaris
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