Mixing rap, pop, hip hop and R&B, Asian-American rapper Star2 uses this collision of sounds as a backdrop for lyrics that blur the line between reality and art. Hailing from a refugee camp in Thailand, and growing up in a downtown neighborhood after immigrating to the United States, the young artist distills his experiences and struggles to make music with hard beats and raw honesty. .
His latest single, “Big Groups” with stupid kidchronicles Star2’s coming of age on the streets of City Heights, San Diego and entering the rap scene.
“Look, I came from the bottom, now I’m rolling up…. growing up in the neighborhood, I heard a lot of gunshots. Pop after pop, all we hear is body drop… Gotta watch how they talk, he’s nothing less than a boss,” Star2 raps.
Beneath the artists’ rap, dramatic staccato strings and a series of mysterious minor chord notes repeat and end at the end, creating an explosive barrage of beats and lyrics.
The music video for “Big Bands” features Grand Theft Auto-like animation beginning with stupid kid stop at a bank, rob the cashier and jump with Star2 in their getaway car. The two then go to a strip club to spend their loot.
“Big Groups” along with several other singles released by Star2 in the past year, are featured in its Real life EP, available now on YouTube and soon on other streaming platforms. The EP features a mix of guest collaborators, including Luh Kel and lil poppa.
Star2 arrived in the United States after her grandmother was selected in a lottery at a refugee camp to emigrate to the United States, taking with her six-year-old Star2, who by then had fled 500 miles with his family after the fire in their village. on the ground and attacked by soldiers.
Being part of the Ka-ren people of Burma, who suffered genocide by the Burmese army and Myanmar government, Star2 channeled these heartbreaking and heartbreaking experiences to make something of themselves and found a space to be free. and express themselves through music.
After collaborating with numerous artists and racking up praise from fans and critics, Star2 continues to create new music and have completed upcoming singles and music videos and are set to release with Soulja Boy, stupid kidand two others with lil poppa.
Lyrics: Patti Sanchez
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