Artist: Keith Murray
Title: "Herb Is Pumpin'"
Producer: Erick SermonAlbum: The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World (1994)
Although "Get Lifted" gets far more accolades, and deservedly so, a lot of heads forget that Def Squad (does that crew even still exist at this point?) member Keith Murray's debut album, The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World, actually came equipped with a handful of weed songs, as that is Murray's intoxicant of choice. Or at least it was: I have no idea whatever happened to this guy, other than his guest appearance on that Kool Keith album a few years back.
While "Get Lifted" is obviously the superior weed track (and one that I love dearly), it falters just a tiny bit for me by having been released in the same year that Snoop Doggy Dogg's "Gin & Juice" dropped as a single: both tracks sample from the same source material (George McCrae's "I Get Lifted"), and Snoop's track is just better. "Herb Is Pumpin'" had no such expectations inadvertently thrust upon it, and, as such, exists solely for Murray to helpfully explain how bonkers his mind can be whenever he's baked as shit, aided and abetted by Erick Sermon's elevated heart rate of a beat (I believe the word I used in my original review was "bananas"), which, weirdly, sounds more like a cocaine high than anything weed-related, but that's a minor quibble. "Herb Is Pumpin'" is oftentimes overlooked: because it appears on the album immediately following the heavily-acclaimed-but-overrated-as-shit title track, it's entirely probable that a lot of hip hop heads found the tonal shift jarring and skipped ahead to "Straight Loonie" or even "Get Lifted" itself. But it is worthy of a wider audience.
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Keith Murray - The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World (Review)