Murray Cooper, born 1977 in Chicago IL. I grew up in Burlington, IA. I had a love for music at an early age. My mother had a record player and me and my other 2 siblings would listen to Michael Jackson “Off the Wall”, the double Dutch bus, Anita Baker and many other artist.My aunt Caroline was a blues woman so I listened to a lot of blues on the weekends at her place I also grew up listening to the 80’s. The radio station played songs from guns and roses, Phil Collins and many other artists. Eventually, I started hearing artist like LL Cool J. and Run DMC and JJ Fade and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. Rap music was a slow progression to the community where I grew up. I wrote my first rap when I was 12 years old.
The coldest DJ’s at the time was my cousin Kip and DJ def master les. Kip and Les created a couple nice sounds from mixing music with tapes and recording the raps.
I got my first time to perform during 1994. The event was a fund raiser but I tried to perform on short notice. DJ les sampled warren g. and big daddy cane.
During the mid 90’s my friends and I was into listening to east coast rap and west coast rap. I was just a big fan of music that had a good beat.So eventually I started writing raps again because hip hop was popular in my community. I was living in the Manner government housing at the time I wrote raps about the things that was going on in my neighborhood.
So here it is 2013 and I am still writing hip hop. I go under the stage name of moepoet because I feel like my lyrics are similar to poetry so I changed my name from Moe to moepoet during 2008. Becoming a rapper was just like many kid’s dream of being a professional basketball player. I honestly enjoy many genera’s of music and I want to be a part of the music world because I always felt destined for greatness. I never lived my basketball dream so now I am pursuing my music dreams…
I also would not be inspired if it wasn’t for people like the DJ’s Kip, and DJ Def Master Les, Dj T Dubb, Dj Gatsta and the beat makers and my big brother Willie who been knowing me since I was 2 years old and who believed in the dream as well. Dreams are nothing without people around who help you believe along the way. I owe much of my inspiration to the family and friends in my life and God who bless me with the talent.