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Low Starr – In Search of the Light (EP, Light Commissionerz)

January 5, 2011

The constantly evolving nature of hip-hop often sees artists ditch their former personas to take on new projects and gain wider appeal. KMD’s Zev Love X became MF Doom while Messrs. Nas and Ghostface dropped their respective Nasty and Killah monikers to chase the big bucks. Now rapper and producer Low Starr becomes the Starburst to the Opal Fruits of Lee Ramsay that older Notts heads already know and love. Ramsay made his name with legendary group OutDaVille − alongside Scorzayzee − going on to form Marga Boys and pursue his own projects. On this new EP Low Starr goes it alone, releasing a self-produced four-track teaser marketed under his own Light Commisionerz label.

The stand-out single here is Reminisce − an exploration of the rapper’s fame forged in his near two decades of recording. Low Starr’s flow lilts while peppered with double-time bars that merge perfectly into the sultry hook of You’ll Remember Me. Electronic drums and Kanye-style synths make this perfect summer pop. His slick production skills are showcased again on Orchestra Minded where grand horns and handclaps turn it in to what sounds like a Jay-Z smash. The bouncy soul of Oh My Dayz and I’m Coming compliment Low Starr’s local vernacular with production that works on an international level. This name change and new direction should hopefully give this most hard-working of artists the wider recognition he deserves – and I’m willing to stake a Marathon bar on that.

Originally published in LeftLion magazine Aug-Sep 2010.

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