I first met Erick Murphy during an interview I did with Tha Afterparty Radio back in July. He kept me rolling the entire interview and had a very cool personality. He’s also an artist, producer and songwriter. After checking out his music, I had to get a chance to interview him as well about his single “Amazin” and some other great tracks he has released. I got a chance to catch up with Erick recently and here’s an excerpt of our interview below. You can also listen to the full dialogue below.
Tell us a little bit about yourself Erick.
I’m Erick Murphy. A guy that really loves music. I’ve been around it my whole life, just really kicked off when I was in the band in 4th grade. I played trumpet, everything in the brass and drum line. I started off making noise with pots and turning them into a snare when I was younger. As far as turning to the rap game, I was initially more into the production of things. I’m a big fan of Dr. Dre, Mannie Fresh, a lot of southern artists and producers. I step into soul, classical, country and rock too. Anything really that catches my attention.
The rapping started when I began producing another artist. He gave me the first honor of producing for him. Over the years, he went on to create a group and I was in that group. We turned it into a 6 piece group. We all ended up getting signed to 67 South Records. I then became a solo artist and my name was Kreech. Now I go by Erick Murphy.
I know you have your new single, “Amazin”, which is jamming. How did that song come about and the collaborators you have on it?
Actually that track itself was originally meant for another artist on the label, David Cast. He kinda gave up on working on that track and I picked it up. I was fan of his as well. It was a pretty long track and I knew I couldn’t really kill it by myself. I’m not a selfish artist and I have features everywhere on my music. Layzie was on the old roster on the label, which was brought back. I met her for the first time doing this track. She’s really a dope artist; really creative. She’s almost like me in a female artist form.
Daunte is a mutual friend of our engineer, Dre. He’s from LA. He came down and blessed us with a verse. We actually met before while doing another guy’s track called “Cruising”. Me, Layzie and Daunte are a nice collective right now. We work very well together. David Cast is the screwed up voice on the hook too.
What are your thoughts on the current state of hip hop?
It’s portrayed as in danger, but I think it’s misrepresented. I think it’s being mislabeled by the new era of music. They don’t know what to call it. Everybody has the opportunity and right to how they view stuff. You may or may not agree, but it’s making sense to somebody. Hip Hop is pretty much confused right now. There’s a lot of dope artist out here now though, even in Dallas. There’s Bobby Sessions, Sam Law, Topic. There’s a different variety of artists too.
What are some new projects you’re working on now?
Right now I’m working the Snick project, which “Amazin” is on. It’s a collective of dope singles. “Amazin” was the track I was pushing, but I’ll be pushing others as well. Before that one, I had “Another Sip” that has over 10,000 spins on YouTube. That’s the after work clock out drink song right there. We had a couple more singing before that “Drippin” is like a slow, sex song. I really like that track, but it’s too short. So I may extend it and put it out as a single. I’m not really too much of a slow song person.
Really? All of your songs are good, but your flow and delivery fit the slow songs well to me.
The only reason I don’t like them as much, is because there would be more I would want to do to it. I get the idea of singing, but I’m not a singer. But I am getting singing lessons. I may drop an R&B project way down the road. I’m working everything on that tape one by one. We’re doing music videos for every song. By it being called Snick, you know that’s from the 90s, so it will have a 90s feel. Right now I’m open with projects. I’m down to do features, produce a track, help write. I try not to put any boundaries with my artistry.
You can find Erick Murphy’s music at www.ErickMurphy.com. His single “Amazin” is also available on iTunes and Tidal.
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