Class In Session
From Newburgh, New York to Atlanta, Georgia, Morehouse graduate, Naj Murph, went from the classroom to the stage, pressing his way forward in the music game. He fell in love with hip hop at a young age and with the combination of his out going personality, ability to “play on words,” and networking skills, Naj Murph is one of the elite of his generation and generations to come.
I first fell in love with music in my father’s record store around three or four and I would ask my dad to either play Kid n Play or Mc Hammer, specifically, “Cant Touch This.” A couple of years later I was watching MTV with my pops and he gawking over T-Boz from TLC. The next two videos were Jay Z’s “Aint No N***a” and Wu-Tang’s “Triumph.” I was either five or six but I was SOLD on hip-hop. Shortly there after I would tell my mother that my cousin and I were Puff Daddy & Ma$e. This had to be around first or second grade. By sixth grade I wrote a rap for a camp activity and the teacher later signed my yearbook, “To my little rapper, Najee.” THAT is when I wanted to seek music as a career for 1000%.
Class One -Well Rounded Kid
People should listen to my music because I’m probably one of the most knowledgeable and biggest hip-hop fans my age. I fell in love with hip-hop during its Golden Era and I channel that in all of my music. So for someone who didn’t get an opportunity to experience that, I can give them vibe from my perspective without replicating an artist’s work from that time period. I can give a 16 and make people have crazy reactions and I can create melodies and flows that make people bounce. There’s a time and place for everything and I give a well rounded package of music naturally. That’s the best part.
After listening to mixtapes, videos , going to shows and even having the opportunity to watch the creative process -some content that is public and even some music that is not, I must say I was very impressed.
Slick Rick, Babyface, Jay Z, Pharell, Cam’ron
It’s More Than Music
Music is my biggest love, but I have always wanted to act. I’m capable of doing radio and I’ve thought about it before, but I’m gonna hold off on that for now. I wouldn’t have a clothing line but I would definitely sell Student Union merchandise. On the flipside, I think it would be pretty dope to be a brand ambassador of a fresh urban wear brand.
Recently I was at ” The People’s Brunch” where Student Union launched its’ catering company. This was also a listening party for the highly anticipated album Mainstream Murph and a video premier for Kamm Carson who actually just released his album and is also part of the Student Union movement.
(See is information at the end of the article for catering needs)
This video is absolutely dope.
Student Union came from a conversation with my mother one Christmas break when I was home in Newburgh. She asked me if the campus had a Student Union and I told her that I didn’t know what it was. She went on to tell me that it was basically a place where students came together and studied, hung out, etc. I told her that I was going to start my own Student Union on campus. Although it wasn’t quite the same, Student Union represents what that “Student Union” building on my mother’s campus represented, togetherness. As a unit we truly show how working together brings ideas to life.
“The biggest piece of advice I can give is to stay consistent. Consistency shows people you’re serious and if they think you’re serious, they’ll take you seriously. Next big piece, be everywhere. Go to events and talk to people, exchange social media contacts and business cards. What keeps me going is competing with myself. I’m already better than everyone else because nobody can be Najee Murphy. It’s humanly impossible. As long as I continue to chase a greater me and try to impress myself more than the last time I’ll always keep going.”
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Student Union affiliate Beat Boy
He’s produced Kamm and Naj Murph’s most recent albums.Check Producer Beat Boy Out On Instagram