Tonight the rapper Murs will be performing at Marlintini's Lounge for the first time in Juneau. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and local rap and hip hop performers Astronomar, Judo and Phonetic will open the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are available for $25 at groovetickets.com.
Anchorage's Heather Prunty, who founded Synapse Productions in 2001 in Girdwood, arranged to have Murs perform three dates in Alaska. Prunty has been dedicated to bringing a hip-hop scene to Alaska for almost ten years.
"I brought the first hip-hop show to Juneau in 2007, with Del the Funky Homosapien, followed by Chali 2na, Zion I and the Grouch, then I brought Swollen Members there last year," said Prunty, who sees it as a win-win because the rappers can see the beauty of Alaska.
Murs, now working independently, is originally from the hip-hop group Living Legends that formed in Oakland in the early '90s. Living Legends was created so the artists could create, promote and perform their music independently. After many years together and over 300,000 units collectively sold, they have gone on to work on their own projects.
Murs, Nick Carter's performing name, is an acronym for "Making the Universe Recognize and Submit." He's now signed to the independent label Record Collection. In 2003 he released his first debut solo record "The End of the Beginning."