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Beautiful Eulogy with Dre Murray
June 20, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Beautiful Eulogy is a Portland, Oregon-based group made up of artists Braille, Odd Thomas and Courtland Urbano. The group introduces a distinct and directive sound that’s driven by a desire to worship and glorify the God of the Bible, based in the context of its members’ hip-hop roots and shaped by influences like electronic music, folk songs and old hymns.
Dre Murray’s story is a rap world tale that hits all the familiar touch points. He was raised by a single mother in the inner city, seduced by hip hop culture at a young age, and witnessed the incarceration of a close family member. While many in his position pursue rescue through wealth and fame achieved by athletics or a recording career––two avenues he did indeed attempt, Murray ultimately found salvation elsewhere. Such optimism is a running theme in his music, which otherwise deals with the gritty details of life through first-person and fictional narratives punctuated with witty wordplay.
Although Dre Murray is no stranger to the mic––his first solo album, Manumit, was released in 2008, the Houston-born MC exponentially grew his audience a year later when he teamed with producer Wit for the Hell’s Paradise series. The success of those critically-acclaimed albums led to other high profile features for Dre on KJ-52’s Dangerous album and Lecrae’s mixtape Church Clothes hosted by Don Cannon.