The best mixtape you’ll ever watch


The cartoon persona of rapper Captain Murphy.

Omar Oseguera, Photo and Multimedia Editor

Captain Murphy is hip-hop’s new mysterious character. Internet buzz has generated around this new artist who has only appeared on the web and as a cartoon, but boy can he spit.

Nov. 15 was the release date of his first official mixtape, “Duality,” and although most in the hip-hop world know what mixtapes are going to be like, Captain Murphy’s release officially changed the way fans will perceive a mixtape from now on.

Rather than only placing a download link to a few tracks, Captain Murphy linked fans to his website,, which is only displaying a video. That’s right, “Duality” is a 35 minute-long video project with Captain Murphy as the soundtrack.

Captain Murphy’s mysterious persona and making a short film as an official mixtape release is already a big change in the hip-hop atmosphere, but the best part has to be the content of the video.

For 35 minutes, viewers hear Captain Murphy’s creative and at times vulgar wordplay as a collage of cult videos, pornographic imagery, psychedelic effects and satanic messages are being poured into our eyes.

I could not keep my eyes off the video as cult leader Marshall Applewhite introduces the mixtape.  Scenes from Anton Lavey’s satanic rituals played, and minutes later turned into random clips from Bill and Ted films all flowing smoothly to the music. Although the video itself is a beautiful work of film manipulation, Captain Murphy’s rhyming abilities are like no other and I further stress the urge to know who he really is.

The mixtape features appearances from Earl Sweatshirt of Odd Future, as well as Brainfeeder label mates Azizi Gibson and Jeremiah Jae. Production credits include Flying Lotus, Madlib, and TNGHT.

Captain Murphy is another beautiful addition to the large impact Los Angeles-based hip-hop music has been making in the airwaves. “Duality” has opened up more doors in the experimental side of hip-hop that has not been seen since MF Doom and Quasimoto were America’s Most Blunted.