MP3: Blaqstarr - "Handstand"
"Handstand" is the second leak from the boundless Blaqstarr's upcoming mixtape - Blaqstarr: The Mixtape - Set to be released on April 12th via Blaqstarrmusic.com as afree download, The mixtape will feature original guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Shanell (Young Money), MIA, Rye Rye, Diplo, Jack Beats, Steve Aoki, Nadastrom, Diddy Dirty Money, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Akon, Flostradamus, Switch, Excel, and Amy Winehouse .
Download Blaqstarr: The Mixtape on April 12th at Blaqstarrmusic.com
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Blaqstarr, often known as DJ Blaqstarr, experienced local success in the early 2000s with a series of tracks he released via his own Starr Productions label. He is well-known for his songwriting and production work on M.I.A.'s 2007 album Kala and 2010's MAYA. He also scored a 2006 club hit, "Shake It To The Ground," after discovering Baltimore dance-rap dynamo Rye Rye, whom M.I.A. has also signed to N.E.E.T. Over the last two years, Blaqstarr has released a mixtape, 2008's King of Roq (on Diplo's Mad Decent label), toured with Diplo, M.I.A., and Rye Rye, and participated in the 2008 Rock The Bells tour. He has also produced tracks for Mos Def, Switch, Talib Kweli, and K-Swift, among many others. Constantly evolving as an artist, Blaqstarr is now stepping out with the Divine EP, which showcases his fearless and relentlessly experimental brand of electronic hip-hop. "There are no bounds for my music," he says, "so expect to experience every one of your best feelings when you listen to it." Spin.com raves, "Blaqstarr builds his lo-fi hip hop sound by adding in touches of R&B (glossy piano cadences, soulful, melismatic vocals)- imagine Prince re-making Sign O'the Times as a banging Baltimore Club record on a beat up four track recorder." Fader praises "Oh My Darling," calling it "a simple loop with Blaqstarr's melancholy plea, something between Kanye, Prince, and Robin Thicke - direct and driving."
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