Star2 –  “Run Away” (Video)

Star2’s staggering new “conscious rap” release, documents the crushing social and environmental catastrophes that plague our world and consume us with alarm and despair, including the horrific invasion in Ukraine. Woven in his sobering retrospective is his personal sorrow and anguish growing up without a mother and father in a refugee camp in South East Asia – fleeing genocide and ethnic cleansing of his Ka-ren people by the brutal Burmese Army and Myanmar Military Regime.
The acoustic guitar song begins with a haunting arpeggiating guitar intro that flows into Star2’s almost spoken narrative about the world’s ills and his own hollow suffering, “we should appreciate things we have in life, appreciate your mama and papa…I’m one of those kids who grew up with no parents you see…it’s ok, it’ ok, it’s what I say to myself everyday…but deep down I ain’t feeling ok, I been puttin on a fake smile every day! I been putting on a fake smile.”

The song builds through the first verse and at the chorus carries to the arpeggiating guitar’s actualization, along with haunting, filtered vocals, and a sustained bass synth which support the song’s intense emotional refrain:  “I just wanna go away, just wanna go away, I just wanna run away, got me thinkin, fuck the world … this place ain’t safe.”

Part religious testimony, part philosopher’s insight, Star2 directs us to consider what the rest of the world is facing and how they are suffering – also how people are in misery and anguish because of homelessness, poverty, violence, and war.  

The video was filmed in an LED panel warehouse in Compton, California.  A wet floor reflects the panoramic and mesmerizing images as well as a series of vintage tv sets Star2 views in a 1970s style living room watching in a peace symbol sweatshirt. Included are the Black Lives’ Matter protests, the desperate exodus from the Afghanistan airport, border patrol agents whipping Haitian refugees, tornado carnage in Kentucky, apocalyptic fires in California, homeless encampments, Burmese soldier atrocities, the Russian invasion in Ukraine, and the juxtaposition of the last views of stunning nature – birds, ocean, forests, mountains, what once was…

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Star2 New Single & Video, “Thinkin Bout You”

The melodic hip hop meets pop artist Star2 releases his new single and video “Thinkin Bout U.” In the music video for this catchy, acoustic-guitar-based love song, reminiscent of the Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah”, our hero is depicted as an “everyday Joe”.  A Lyft-driver to be exact, who is taken with his beautiful fare from a chic Hollywood hotel. Star2, as fate would have it, unknowingly meets this very girl online.  Later in the song, as he has fantasies and hallucinations about her throughout his week, he discovers the girl he has been texting is the girl from the hotel! “When you see a hella hot girl, you get a little obsessed…the butterflies and that rush! Dudes can definitely be romantic!”

“Thinkin Bout U” follows this extremely versatile artist’s reggae-based hit single “December,” his hip-hop banger “Real Life” which featured Jacksonville, Florida rapper Lil Poppa, and the broken-hearted love ballad “I Wanna Get F’d Up” featuring megastar Luh Kel.

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Star2 feat. Lil Poppa – “Real Life” (Video)

Entitled “Real Life” the song is Star2’s next hit with Jacksonville, Florida’s Lil Poppa. child of a refugee camp, Star2 and Lil Poppa bond through their experiences growing up in inner city poverty – Lil Poppa in Florida and Star2 in San Diego, California, they both sing “I live in a place where you hear sirens all the time” throughout the song.  

The urban rhythmic elements of the song are presented in an overlay of classical piano and a rush of strings that bring sorrow, angst, and despair. The haunting ballad is accomplished by an A-flat major chord progression with a B-major melody across it along with rich layers from drums, bass, and a trap drum beat. The despair is highlighted by distorted 808’s and trap drums – creating the feeling of desperation and deprivation along the backdrop of violence in the refugee camp as well as the urban hood.

The video begins with Star2 rolling his desert ATV and scrambling to the top of it sharing “you will never understand the pain that I’m feeling inside, I’ve done seen a lot of shit, shit you probably don’t even want to see in real life.” The video is set in the desert with the backdrop of a plane crash, the cockpit and fuselage at opposite ends. Star2’s lyrics tell us “I grew up in the jungle” and “if it weren’t for the music, I wouldn’t be here today.”  He also remembers that to help support his grandma, who brought him from the refugee camp, “gotta hustle on the block…I was just too young, I was just a kid.” 

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Star2 x Luh Kel New Music Video “I Wanna Get F’D Up”

Asian-American singer, songwriter and rapper Star2, who seamlessly blends pop, R&B and hip-hop for an enthralling immersion of sound. Raised in inauspicious circumstances and born into a refugee camp in Thailand, Star2 takes influence from overcoming his life struggles, creating musicthat is bold, high-spirited and soulful. 

His new single “I Wanna Get F’d Up” features acclaimed St. Louis rapper Luh Kel,  who is best known for his platinum hit song “Wrong,” and conveys the message of heartbreak, abandonment, and disillusionment. Star2 paints a vivid and emotive scene of painful relationship dynamics that is highly relatable – an emotional exorcism complete with an infectious French horn melody, somber lyrics, and soul-infused vocals over a prominent hip hop beat.

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San Diego Artist Star2 New Music Video “I Wanna Get F’D Up” Feat Luh Kel

San Diego based Asian-American singer, songwriter and rapper Star2 just released his all new single and visuals for “I Wanna Get F’d Up,” featuring acclaimed St. Louis rapper Luh Kel.

“I Wanna Get F’d Up” conveys the message of heartbreak, loss, and disillusionment.  Star2 confides, “”I wanted to write a song with the backstory of the best relationship of your life that blows up out of nowhere leaving you wondering what happened- leaving you in pain and wanting to self-medicate. It was a dream come true to do a song with Luh Kel, my dude. Our song is the diary of a toxic relationship with a toxic shawty you loved heart and soul who cheated. Even though it’s hard because you really love that one person – there is at least one time for everyone when after a breakup you just want to be gone – gone from the universe.” 

In the accompanying video for “I Wanna Get F’d Up,” Star2 and Luh Kel replay the song’s narrative using imaginative imagery complete with CGI and brilliant, post-apocalyptic landscapes. Star2 adds, “Making this video with Luh Kel was dope as hell.  We used CGI (computer generated imagery) with a green screen to make Luh Kel’s car fly and to make me fall hundreds of feet backwards off a cliff into the ocean – swimming underwater.”

Star2 is an artist who seamlessly blends pop, R&B and hip-hop for an enthralling immersion of sound. Raised in inauspicious circumstances and born into a refugee camp in Thailand, Star2 takes influence from overcoming his life struggles, creating music that is bold, high-spirited and soulful.

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