Rapper Murphy Loud got into the game to have fun, and–by his account–he’s doing just that. “I work with concepts and storytelling half the time, and the other half of the time I write simple positivity music for my homies or the girlies,” he told AAHH. “I can put out an eight-minute monologue spoken over some alternative electronic riffs that I composed one day and the next day I might put out a two-minute jam about wanting to stick my dick in a foreign exchange student.”
Murphy took some time to chat with AAHH about his music, and where he’s headed. Check it out, below.
How did you get involved in music?
I’ve been jamming out since I was a kid. I started out playing guitar and then got into rap when I was about 12. I made a goofy youtube channel, where I would upload videos of me spitting some original bars over beats that I [probably] used illegally without meaning to. The channel’s still up. I don’t remember the password for the account, so I can’t deactivate it.
Who/what were some of your influences?
Some of my biggest influences right now are Wolfie’s Just Fine, Ugly God, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler, and everyone they hang around with, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and that gang of SoundCloud rappers running around fucking shit up in Florida. X, Ski Mask, all of them. Some of my biggest influences of all time though are Royal Blood, Foo Fighters, Die Antwoord, Crystal Castles, Death Grips, Arctic Monkeys, Lil Yachty, and Hollywood Undead. I listened to Hollywood Undead all the time when I first got into rap.
What have you released?
I’ve put some pretty solid tracks on my Soundcloud and released two mixtapes on there that I don’t know if I’m proud of. I released The Yellow Shark Demo and Gusher when I didn’t care much about the production so although I might be proud of some of the lyrics and the concepts, they sound rushed and carelessly mixed. Since then I’ve become more patient with my work, and I think my current and future projects reflect that perfectly.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently putting together my official demo, titled Nitro, and pumping out SoundCloud tracks on the dl in the meantime. I’ve also been doing some video projects with 314 Filmz on YouTube and my top secret board game is still in development. I also adopted two baby chickens recently and that’s been a bit of a handful. Their names are Reggie and Gambino.
What have been some of your biggest achievements thus far?
Just last month I had my first show, and it was lit. Stephen Cooper, Deezy Da Paperboy; well-known guys in the local scene. Stephen’s done some work with Tech N9ne and Akon. I was the opening act of the show, and everyone was hype all night. I did my little half hour show and all the other artists who were there at the time eventually had something to say about it. I wish I knew the DJ’s name. The realest of us all was probably Dirté, who spit some bars about riding his skateboard, smoking weed, and his girl’s downstairs mixup. My man Crazy J, who put the whole thing together and invited me in the first place, got cuffed over some stupid shit halfway through the night and made it back just in time to do his set and top off the night. It was crazy, and I’m looking forward to doing some cool shit with these guys in the future.
What are your goals in the industry?
My only goal in the industry is to grind and flex. I’m not trying to blow up overnight, but if it ever happens then God Bless America. I’m out here hustling and trying to express myself. That’s all it’s about for me. I know it’s a big trend right now for every up-and-coming rapper to say they’re gonna “fuck the industry” and I mean maybe but I’m not even a part of it yet. And neither are most of those other rappers. I’m paving my lane, and I know it’s gonna take me places, whether it be now or later. That being said, one of my goals is to seal a marketing deal with Boost Mobile in which they release a $20 phone called the Hustle Box, and I get to be the spokesperson for it.
What’s next for you, professionally?
I’m trying to be as genuine as possible in my approach to music, and I think it’s starting to pay off a little. People would rather hear songs about real shit than about fake shit, even if they can’t consciously tell the difference. My #1 professional goal is never to forget that. Next up is some more SoundCloud fire, some collabs with other local artists, some dope music videos with 314 Filmz, and hopefully more shows. I got into this shit to have fun, and by that standard, I think I’m succeeding already.