Kur is a Philadelphia rapper with a sound that could consume the east-coast. The 22 year-old is from the Uptown section of Philly where his music is blasted out of car speakers and the words to his songs are ingrained in the memories of everyone in the community. Kur’s music has grown over the years. Nearing his high school graduation in 2012, he released his debut mixtape Straight From The Kur. The reception was phenomenal, he quickly followed up with the sequel, Straight From The Kur 2. The projects have a combined download total of over 50,000.
Kur is an interesting artist. I’ve personally followed his budding career. In his earlier music he tells stories of his struggles. His struggles with his family, his friends, with school and finding a way to deal with it all. Choosing to release his first mixtape simultaneously with graduating high school was a pivotal moment for Kur. A new life was just on the horizon, so he hit the ground running and made sure all of Philly knew who he was.
In early 2015, he dropped another project the streets couldn’t ignore. How It Never Was, was skillfully put together. The tape features, Meek Mill, Guordan Banks, Omelly, Lihtz Kamraz; production by Don Cheese, Maaly Raw, Mike Zombie, and Dougie On The Beat.
Finally Happened is Kur’s latest project, which was released later in 2015. In his most evolved mixtape, he surprises us with a different sounding Kur. With songs like “When We Die,” “Everything,” and “Run It Up.” I’ve had the pleasure of sitting in on many studio sessions with Kur and watch his creative process for making music. He’s very meticulous and knows how he wants his music to sound. That is the divide between a rapper and an artist. Knowing what sound you want to create before you go into the booth takes talent.
He’s worked with a multitude of artists including, Dave East, Lil Uzi Vert, Coop Poppy, A$AP Twelvyy, Quilly, and Lil Reese. Cosigns are important in the music industry and his list of those isn’t short either. Timbaland, Pusha T, and Meek Mill have all sent their well wishes of success for this promising young rapper. Kur has been featured in XXL, The Source, HipHopSince1987, and on BET Jams.
I can barely put into words how excited I am to watch him rise to fame. In only four years Kur has made a name for himself in and outside of the city. All from working tirelessly to make his dreams his reality. Make sure to follow him on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with his latest music. Get familiar with his name and face, you’ll be seeing a lot more of him.