Star2 is stamping his footprint on the future of Asian-American hip-hop with his adrenaline pumping beats and vividly rich visuals that tell a story of grit. His latest music video for “Gangstas” alongside $tupid Young and Lil Poppa is an immersive trip through the subconscious scars each artist has endured on their climb toward greatness.
“Gangstas” will set your pulse racing with dark lashes of piano, mesmerizing beats that cast shadows over the gloom, and intrepid vocals that ruminate on each rapper’s difficult past. Directed by Chico Bennett, the music video takes place at a haunting church adorned with holy icons that add to the inescapable gravity of “Gangstas”. Each rapper bears their soul from the confines of a confession booth, praying in the pews or gazing up toward the heavens in search of a better future. $tupid Young raps, “Life is like a game of chess, you better watch how you move.” “Gangstas” will immerse you in the cavernous bends of each artist’s inner-psyche as they walk through memories full of danger and deceit.
Star2 and $tupid Young recently collaborated on their EP entitled Different Breed. Together, these two rappers are shaping the trajectory for Asian-American hip-hop to come. Star2 has worked alongside the likes of Soulja Boy, Luh Kel, and HoodTrophy Bino to name a few. The “Gangstas” music video continues his legacy of hard-hitting beats laced tight with experiential lyricism.
Star2 began his life in a Thai refugee camp where he was forced to flee genocide from the Burmese army in Myanmar who burned his village to the ground. A lottery in the camp brought him to San Diego with his grandmother and her four children. Working alongside producer Chico Bennett, his collaborations with acclaimed rappers include Soulja Boy, $tupid Young, Mozzy, MBNel, Luh Kel, Lil Poppa, HoodTrophy Bino, YSN Flow, and MarMar Oso to name a few. Star2 has also received acclaim from the likes of Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam, GQ, Earmilk, BET, Lyrical Lemonade, HotNewHipHop, HipHopDX, The Source, Ones to Watch and more.
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