Dre Murray was heavily involved in the making The End of Malice – the documentary about the life of Gene “Malice” Thornton.
Although Dre is a hip hop artist he did not contribute to the film’s rap-heavy soundtrack. Nor is he interviewed on screen to explain how big a fan he was of Clipse – the world-renowned music group founded by Gene and his blood brother Terrence (aka Pusha T).
Instead, Murray narrates the dramatic spiritual transformation of Malice into No Malice.
The audio played in movie theaters across the nation as well as on Sean “Diddy” Comb’s REVOLT TV network. And it’s quite likely Dre recorded it while staring into the beady black eyes of Snuggle the Fabric Softener Bear.
“It was February of last year so I definitely wasn’t in my house yet. And at my in-laws’ there’s really not a space where I could record ‘for-real’ so it had to be in either their laundry room or a spare bedroom,” Murray recalled. “Crazy, right?”
It’s not the first time he’s used his voice in this capacity. Locals may recognize his tenor in radio commercials advertising a plumbing service or Oklahoma State Parks. He’s also performed spoken word pieces at Tulsa’s Church On The Move and his various concerts.
The connection to this film came via Ditoremayo Entertainment – a production company that often partners with I Am Second for testimony videos like the ones that form the basis of The End of Malice. Murray previously worked with both businesses (recording for both video and live events) and was hired to do an initial read of the documentary’s script when it was in its rough editing stages.
Despite his credits as a professional rapper, this was the first-ever collision between Murray’s voice over work and the hip hop world.
“Everything else was really campaign stuff completely outside of that type of music. But it’s definitely cool to see it all come full-circle,” Murray said.
It’s an attractive side-gig he hopes to continue as a transitional supplement to his role as a touring performer.
“The more I do it, the more I learn about the field,” Murray said.
He said he was recently made aware of a few online resources where voiceover professionals post samples of their work to share with potential employers. A visit to an Emmy-winning local agency also provided encouragement.
“This is a company that has documentaries on Netflix with guys like Forest Whitaker narrating. They said they really liked my work and that I should pursue it. So to hear it from them I was like super-excited!” Murray said.
“Hopefully this will lead to work with even more films and one day you’ll see me on the Oscars.”
The 48-minute feature can be viewed in full via the Revolt TV player embedded below.
NOTE: In order to convey No Malice’s full and dramatic transformation, the movie does contain small portions of NSFW audio from his previous work as a member of Clipse.