There’s something about a confident MC that is contagious. Whether it’s the swag of their look, or the flow of their rhymes, portraying self-assurance always equate to a win – especially in the rap game. Starrz is no exception. “Stars exist where no one can really reach. I like to stay in a place no one can reach with my music. I want to be the next hot thing before people even know what it is.” The Baltimore, Maryland master of ceremonies hails from humble beginnings, but his name says it all.
The Fugees album The Score, first caught Starrz’ attention at the age of eight, but it was Mase’s Harlem World where Starrz was first introduced to the over-confidence we hear in his rhymes currently. Particularly appealing to the aspiring words worth was Mase’s braggadocios flow regarding capturing the interest of another man’s girlfriend. Stylistically, Mase, Biggie and Puff Daddy infused the energy that fused the lyrical content Starrz captures to elevate as a self-assured rapper.
After studying his rhyme craft, the bug first bit Starrz at the age of fifteen. It wasn’t until the age of eighteen when he really began to develop as an artist. “I’m the voice of the kid who didn’t believe he could do it, who loved music and loved expressing himself,” boldly proclaims Starrz. The self-professed backpacker/ skateboarder boasts that the art of rap is what feeds his creativity. Easily, the old adage – if you do what you love, the money will follow – comes to mind.
A basketball star in high school, Starrz loved the game but didn’t love the books. It was after he decided to leave his college hoop dreams behind and focus on his rhyme pursuits that people began to notice. Nigel McIntosh and Living Proof Records began working with Starrz to really initiate his career in the rap game. Together they created The Best Mixtape Ever which amassed rave reviews in the Baltimore area and beyond. Enter Tamba Hali and Religion Records. A hip-hop rock tune entitled “Dance All Night” caught the attention of Tamba and thus began the Living Proof Records/Religion Records relationship. The de-stress record aims to be a release for all the listeners to focus on the present moment and leave the worries for another day.
The lane Starrz has created from himself is one of an aggressive hustle and a lot of hard work to bring his concept records to life. “I want to make you feel my records in every way possible,” says Starrz. “The brand of hip-hop is about making good music. There’s a way to touch the hood without making hood records. I write about what I see to stay true to myself,” proclaims Starrz. It was Starrz persistence with his music that finally paid off. “I kept drowning Baltimore with the internet, blog sites, release parties, performances, networking – anything to get Starrz seen, because once you do you’ll remember it.” Clearly Starrz embodies the fulfillment of aiming high, because if you land amongst the stars, it’s really not all that bad to be in a class all by yourself.