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Blaqstarr Is Still Making the Weirdest R&B (New Track)

March 6, 2012
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Blaqstarr Is Still Making the Weirdest R&B (New Track)

Blaqstarr dropped a new track yesterday (via his label Interscope) and there’s nothing Baltimore club about it. Which isn’t a big surprise; dude’s been onto something more for a while, even when you could properly call him a club producer. This is like a new strain of anti-R&B—lo-fi backgroundy production, a kind of “just...
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Here’s Some More New Weird Blaqstarr

March 3, 2011
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Here’s Some More New Weird Blaqstarr

Over the past few weeks, Blaqstarr has been haphazardly tossing out new songs onto his YouTube account. First, there was “Ride,” a club remix of “Rider Girl” from January’s Divine EP. “Rider Girl” is, of course, a slightly less club music-friendly version of “Ryda Girl,” so it’s kind of a strange loop of remixes...
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Preview: Blaqstarr’s Divine EP

January 24, 2011
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Preview: Blaqstarr’s Divine EP

Let’s get this out of the way: Divine EP doesn’t really have any club music on it. OK, the parts of the title track that aren’t grimy indie rock featuring Blaq asking if he can “lick your ice cream” do indeed shuffle and stutter like “Tote It,” but that’s about it. Even when Blaq’s...
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Rye Rye Drops New Mixtape With Blaqstarr, DJ Booman Remixes “Bang”

April 20, 2009
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Rye Rye Drops New Mixtape With Blaqstarr, DJ Booman Remixes “Bang”

Thanks to City Paper contributor Brandon Soderberg‘s blog 410YO for tipping us off to the Blaqout mixtape. Rye Rye gets top billing, but this is certainly Blaqstarr’s show, mixing up the Rye Rye catalog–save for, notably, “Shake It To the Ground” and “Bang”–for about a half hour of heavy, unfettered/spare Baltimore club for the...
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Know Your Product: K-Swift, Greatest Hits (Koch/Unruly)

February 2, 2009
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Know Your Product: K-Swift, Greatest Hits (Koch/Unruly)

It’s interesting to chart the relative reactions to the announcement of this record and the record’s actual release. It’s been a month and a half since K-Swift’s final mix officially dropped, and it hasn’t garnered much discussion, at least nationally. It’s near enough to make you wonder how large the subsection of people interested...
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Know Your Product: Blaq Starr/Diplo, “Get Off,” (Mad Decent)

January 20, 2009
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Know Your Product: Blaq Starr/Diplo, “Get Off,” (Mad Decent)

Blaq Starr’s dead-set on respectfully wrecking his hometown genre’s trappings, but late 2008′s cloying cover of The Wire theme (featuring M.I.A) and “Bang Hard,” an affecting slow burner that, nonetheless, was on some “fame’s gettin’ to me” business, felt calculated weird–not Blaq Starr weird. “Get Off,” a new single released through Mad Decent–on pink...
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Blaqstarr reinterprets The Wire theme with M.I.A.

November 7, 2008
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A recent, pre-Nov. 4 holiday in London confirmed a few suspicions I had from daily online reading of The Guardian: 1) That UK citizens were as agitated about the outcome of our presidential election as we were, and 2) that The Wire has earned a loyal a British fan base during its recent UK...
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“Raise Your Hands if You Got $20 In Your Pocket”: Artscape, My Crew Be Unruly party, DJ Culture Stage, and Paradox, July 18

July 22, 2008
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“Raise Your Hands if You Got $20 In Your Pocket”: Artscape, My Crew Be Unruly party, DJ Culture Stage, and Paradox, July 18

www.joshsisk.com Scottie B and K-Swift A funny thing about Baltimore club music is that you can listen to it almost endlessly and not get sick of it. By all rights you should–it’s technically repetitive as all hell, and there seems to be a mathematical law that demands that over the course of three DJs,...
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