This new epsiode of #BeforeTheFame the rising Asian rapper Star2 spoke about a few things in his career. It’s form speaking about linking up with Mozzy and Soulja Boy on records. How he started out making music in San Diego, the inspiration he want to help future Asian artists, and more.
Star2 is a visionary who imagines a future full of opportunities for Asian-American rappers like himself. He was born at a Thai refugee camp and grew up in San Diego surrounded by violence from a young age. He uses these experiences to pinpoint the intersections of hip-hop and identity on his powerful new EP Different Breed. The project is a joint effort between Star2 and Asian American hip hop icon $tupid Young. Together, these two Asian-American artists are ready to usher in a new era of hip-hop.
Different Breed recently dropped this year is a chock-full of slick beats, growling undercurrents, and vocals that exude an intoxicating darkness. Star2 and $tupid Young write from the depths of adolescence and remark on core memories involving gangs, the police, and survival.
Star2 has worked with musicians including Soulja Boy, Mozzy, HoodTrophy Bino, Luh Kel, YSN Flow, and MarMar Oso. He has also collaborated with the highly acclaimed producer Chico Bennett to create his dynamic, one of a kind sound. Different Breed is his latest release, further contributing to the revolution that is Asian-American rap.
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.