Hi! My name is Kristofer Murray aka C£SAR (César). I am a 2x GRAMMY Nominated songwriter signed to Kobalt Music Publishing. I've written on two Top 10 Billboard 200 and Billboard Hip Hop/R&B albums respectively. I specialize in rap hooks, urban contemporary and pop songwriting, demos, vocal production, and I'm also a gifted and witty lyricist.
I have collaborated with artists and producers such as Diddy, Ty Dolla $ign, Keri Hilson, Estelle, TGT (Tank, Ginuwine, Tyrese), Rodney Jerkins, DJ Camper, Bryan-Michael Cox, and more. I got my start as a rapper under chart-topping producers Dre and Vidal (Usher, Chris Brown, Ciara) and early in my career as an artist I was a 2006 Finalist in the Hip-Hop category for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (headed by his widow Yoko Ono). I'm a former member of the Philadelphia GRAMMY chapter and I am heavily involved with the musical eco-system in my city of Philadelphia.
- Professional Songwriting (Lyric and Melody)
- Features for artists and DJ's
- Demo Vocals
Terms and Conditions:
- I provide 1 FREE revision, any additional edits are subject to a fee (prices vary)
- All jobs are completed in the order they are received (average turnaround time 7 business days)
- Vocal files will be sent once the balance is paid in full
- Work for hire/buyouts (contact for pricing)
-Please have all pertinent information for your finished composition ready: Your full name, the name of your PRO (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC), your IPI number (preferred) or SSI number (if you don't know it), and your publishing company if you have one set up.
50% Lyrics and Melody of Complete song
25% Lyrics and Melody of Chorus
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7 ReviewsEndorse 2x GRAMMY NOMINATED
K done a rap for me ..IT DROPPED - HE KILLED IT..
That's it; what more do you want?!
Great professional! Amazingly talented songwriter! Was a pleasure to share sum work and ideas with you! Keep it coming! Avé César!! ;)
Kris was very professional, easy to work with and has an amazing voice! Really enjoyed working with him! He also gave great suggestions to make the song better. Will definitely work with him in the future!
Kris is an extremely talented songwriter. In working with him I have found his process to be quick and the results are undeniable. He is also just an all around fun person to be around in the studio!
Kristofer and I have many common friends, we've crossed paths at various studios over the years and I even had the pleasure of having him visit my studio and playing some of his work for us. Kistofer is extremely talented, passionate, and professional. He is easy to work with and highly respected among his peers.
Creativity and quality at it's finest. I've worked with Cesar a few times now simply because he get's it. He knows how to write songs as well as raps with ease and I always get the end product that I need. His songs are high quality and ear catching sonically. Dope ideas! No wonder he's accomplished so much! Definitely will work with him again :)
KRIS is the man! His ear for both melody and lyrics are unmatched in Philadelphia. The few songs that we have collaborated on have all turned out of be some of my best work. On top of his exceptional talent, Kris is also loving and full of laughter, never one to leave a dull moment in the studio!
Interview with 2x GRAMMY NOMINATED
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My most common work I do for clients is full lyric and melody compositions as well as referencing the song. I generally do a lot of Contemporary R&B songs, Rap hooks, Pop songs here and there and when the opportunity presents itself, and Traditional R&B as well.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Well as far as songwriters go: my favorites are The Dream, Ne-Yo, James Fauntleroy (for his vocal arrangements), Bruno Mars & The Smeezingtons, Sia, and if I had to say all-time I would also include Stevie Wonder and Babyface. My favorite producers are D'Mile (who I frequently collaborate with), Brandon "BAM" Hodge (another frequent collaborator), and Kanye West, Timbaland, Danjahandz, and The Neptunes (all-time).
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I record in Protools 12 and use a Neumann U87 microphone.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Generally when I get a beat to work on, I come up with the melody first. If I haven't been given a title/concept, I normally defer to a list I keep in my phone of creative concepts and titles. Sometimes though, the melody kinda leads me to what to talk about. Once I have all that squared away, I get to work on the lyrics. That's more loose to me. Sometimes I start with the hook and sometimes it's the verses. I generally record as I piece the song together. After getting a rough idea down for the song, I go back and perfect the execution to make sure it comes across correctly.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring energy. My hip-hop influence always comes out usually so I'm very very detailed when it comes to lyrics until i get the "right" lyric. For me it's not just about saying something: it's how you say it, what is the context of what's being said, and the inflection of my voice. If I feel it can be said "better", I always want to take it a step further. I'm also great with different flows, cadences, and melodies as well. I don't like to settle for anything that feels too generic or that's been done before. I like to put my signature on a song.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is songwriting...But more specifically: great, creative, descriptive and witty lyricism as well as a dope melody.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on a lot of Urban Contemporary music, Rap hooks, Pop songs....but I've also done Gospel and Dance records too.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be innovative. The biggest producers got there because they did something no one else did first.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Oh gosh...there are so many but if I had to choose one right now in 2016, it would be Anderson.Paak. There are many other more well known and established artists who I would love to work with as well, but his creative approach to songwriting, his soulfulness, and his tone really stand out to me. I think he is going to be around for awhile.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Lyrical, edgy, fresh, young, and fun.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been songwriting professionally for 12 years. But I've been writing songs my whole life. I wrote my first rap when I was like 7 or 8, stuck to it....By the time I was in middle school I was battling people in the lunchroom. By the time I was in 11th grade I formed my own rap group and was booking studio time for myself. My manager at the time introduced me to Marc and Sherman Byers from Philadelphia who at the time managed R&B producers Dre and Vidal (Usher, Jill Scott, Michael Jackson, Ciara) and who had previously managed Beanie Sigel and Eve too. It was being at that studio that I began to learn more about songwriting and production, and where I also began to meet a lot of writers, producers, and artists that would come through. I kept at it, also honing my chops at HomeCookin studios at the time (Carvin and Ivan, Musiq Soulchild,Raheem Devaughn) and eventually landed my first major placements on Chrisette Michele and TGT's GRAMMY nominated albums that year. I signed my deal with Kobalt Music Publishing a year later and am still going strong.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A MacBook Pro, my Neumann U87 microphone, my iPhone to record myself on the go, a pen, and a notebook.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please know exactly what you want before contacting me. If you have questions, feel free to ask! I'm very friendly and accommodating. I've had some instances where users have turned a potential 5 minute conversation over the phone into 2 and 3 days of back and forth general questions about the music industry on here. Although, I have a wealth of knowledge and am HAPPY to answer questions, my time is very limited and valuable to me. If you would like consulting prices, please ask and I will be glad to discuss that with you. Also, please have all pertinent information for your finished composition ready: Your full name, the name of your PRO (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC), your IPI number (preferred) or SSI number if you don't have one, and your publishing company if you have one set up. Before the completion of the job, a split sheet will be furnished with this information. I do this for two reasons: 1. My publisher requires me to register songs with them manually and I need this information to do this. And 2. if the song ends up being released commercially, all parties are registered, there is no scrambling after the song is out to get this info, and most importantly: EVERYBODY GETS PAID CORRECTLY. My proposed potential split percentages are listed in my profile. If there is co-writing or edits between myself and a client, of course that is negotiable. Other than that, those percentages are NON-NEGOTIABLE. If you would like to buy the publishing rights outright, we can talk about that, but it will be exponentially greater than what I charge to write a song on here. My price is already discounted from what I would charge off this site, so please no haggling. If you're serious, I will deliver an excellent and timely product every time. And if it's not up to your standard, I will work hard to make sure you as my client are happy. Other than that, any questions you have PLEASE don't hesitate to ask! I just like to get the fine print out of the way up front.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What type of song are you looking for (genre-wise, topically, and feel: I normally ask for an example of a song), would you like it to be male/female/or gender neutral, who could you see singing it, and are you looking to feature me as an artist or are you looking to place it on someone else.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think people tend to send me more rap-centered opportunities not realizing that I can hold a note and actually love doing other types of music too lol.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creative process. I LOVE SONGWRITING. I once really wanted to be an artist, and although I would never totally shut that door, I realize that my true love is writing, creating and recording songs. I like to see a great idea come to life.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to be professional, courteous, upfront, honest, and quick about getting songs back to them.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog for the natural feel but digital for the technology and the ability to do things quicker and in less steps.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on records for Ty Dolla $ign, Estelle, Ab Liva (Pusha T/G.O.O.D. Music), Nicki Minaj, and Trey Songz. Also, my own acts Julian King and 2Mil under my production company Twenty20 Entertainment.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Kristal "TyteWriter" Oliver (songwriter), Ivan Barias (producer), Benjamin Thomas (producer/engineer), and WhiteNoise (producer)
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My girl duo 2Mil and their debut album Millionaires. We released their first album this year (July 2016) and it felt like I gave birth to a baby. I was the executive producer and co-wrote every song. I've worked with a lot of "big name" people in this game but there's nothing like creating your own. It is 11 tracks of very creative songwriting and hard hitting beats that tell honest stories in a time where a huge majority of artists in urban contemporary music only choose to talk about partying, material things, and drinking/drug use. It's definitely not preachy and I'm proud that we made something that was original, current, but has a message. We released it independently on iTunes, Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, etc. and I had my hand in every facet of the roll-out including the marketing/promotion. It's available to preview for free on soundcloud.com/2milmusic. Check it out!