Jamal Murray is one of the biggest surprises in the playoffs, playing absolutely incredible basketball, torching the Utah Jazz in the first six games. The 23-year-old guard has shown incredible savviness and plays like a veteran player despite being one of the youngest guys on the court. One of the reasons behind his scoring outburst in the bubble might be his recent change in the music that he listens to.
In a recent interview for the XXL Magazine, Murray talked about hip-hop and some of his favorite rappers. Interestingly enough, he also said Carmelo Anthony‘s taste in music inspired him to switch to the things he would usually listen to. Murray was immediately interested in learning more and expand his knowledge about rap music in general.
Sometimes when I go back and if I’m getting a haircut, a lot of guys say, “[Car]melo [Anthony] likes to listen to a lot of the old music, most music.” And then, that kind of put me on where I’m like, OK, let me go back and look at my collection, to all the music that I listen to. With all the players here, everybody is so different from each other [and] everybody listens to different stuff.Jamal Murray, via XXL Magazine
Many would say the golden era of rap music was in the ’90s, and they wouldn’t be too far from the truth, so Murray, inspired by Carmelo, listened to some of the most popular rap artists from that era. Method Man, Wu-Tang Clan, and Raekwon were some artists he found that he considers fantastic to listen to.
It definitely brought my mind in terms of Method Man, I listen to Wu-Tang [Clan] and Method Man, and they’re showing me tracks from Method Man that I didn’t even know. So, stuff like that where I can broaden my mind, broaden my listening to different rappers, different artists, and just kind of get that feel. Like, I put on Raekwon the other day. I don’t even know Raekwon’s album, but I know a couple songs on it are just fire.Jamal Murray, via XXL Magazine
Wu-Tang, Raekwon, and Method Man might sound like a no brainer when it comes to good rap music if you’re coming from an older generation. Murray belongs to the up and coming generation of young and talented players that somewhat belongs to a totally different mindset, which also reflects on the music they mostly listen to. It’s great to hear Carmelo influenced him to mix it up a bit and get familiar with some of the songs that were probably popular before he was even born.