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@star2official Shares “Run Away” Visual

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Asian-American San Diego based artist Star2 just released his new visuals for “Run Away”.
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.  
“…So mean, so unfair.  People suffer every day, with these hurricanes and viruses. It’s all real shit, killing thousands of people every day. I pray to God to bless this place, to make this world a safer place…”

He delivers the chorus, retreating to an aching pain of wanting to “run away” and “fuck the world.”“Hella shit’s been going on! Killing, shooting, people dying…”  
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…
The visuals are instantly recognizable and bring sadness and even temporary numbness.Star2 reveals, “I wanted to write a song about the state of the world.  I was in the studio recording during most of COVID and in LA during the Black Lives’ Matter protests.  My family fled genocide, has experienced starvation and atrocities.  My neighborhood in San Diego is a crossroads for refugees and the problems of poverty, homelessness, mental illness and addiction.” “The chorus poured out of me – at my lowest point, I literally want to run away – to a place of safety. Most of the suffering in the world is heartbreaking and so unfair!” The end of the video asks everyone to “Pray for peace in our world.” Star2 implores: “pray for my Ka-ren people who continue to experience genocide, for the Ukranian people, and for everyone suffering injustice – pray for peace.”

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BREAKOUT RAPPER JELEEL! TEAMS UP WITH DENZEL CURRY ON OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “SHOTS!”

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Following the release of their monumentous new single, breakout rapper JELEEL! teams up with Denzel Curry on the official video for “SHOTS!”

Watch it HERE and get “SHOTS!” HERE via 10K Projects.

The high-energy visual finds JELEEL! as a robotic machine stuck in a metal contraption in a warehouse, ready to break free. While he raps his way through his verse and into the chorus, Denzel Curry makes the final tweaks on JELEEL!, bringing him to life and helping him break free.

The video arrives on the heels of the duo’s collaboration, which dropped on Friday to praise from the likes of The FADER, HotNewHipHop and Hypebeast who said, “pumping up listeners…the new single is sure to inspire a sense of playful, party-ready rage in fans.”

“’SHOTS!’ is such an important song to me because I feel like it’s an elevated version of a lot of my harder and aggressive type songs, and obviously Denzel just made it that much more special,” says JELEEL! We were jumping on couches having so much fun making this in the studio. We are such a great combo on the track, and I’m just super proud of this record.”

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Massachusetts rapper Millyz shares new single + video “Die Clouted”

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Massachusetts rapper Millyz has just shared his new single and visual for “Die Clouted”. As he glides over a sentimental piano and stirring guitar, Millyz creates a contemplative atmosphere. Throughout the track, he reflects on his journey, full of both moments of glory and times of struggle, and takes pride in the legacy he’s creating. The video shows Millyz taking stock of how far he’s come amid scenes of dressing rooms and luxury vehicles, surrounded by a star-studded list of cameos, including G HerboWallo, and Dave East. After catching the attention of mainstream tastemakers and developing a committed fanbase through his non-stop work ethic and dedication to hip-hop, Millyz is continuing to show the world his forthright creative vision with the release of “Die Clouted”.

Millyz has been lighting the internet on fire all year with standout freestyles on L.A. LeakersThe Come Up Show, and most recently Fire In The Booth. Last year things started to really heat up for him with the release of his last project Blanco 4in 2021. The album had a string of successful singles including “Emotions” featuring G Herbo“Benny Blanco” alongside expert bar spitter Benny The Butcher & “Hopeless” with Jadakiss. Leading up to the release of his most recent project Blanco 5, Millyz released the singles “Ashes In The Maybach” featuring Mozzy, “Love/Hate” (feat. Gio Dee) and “Closure”.

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Star 2 Shares “UP” ft Mozzy, $tupid Young & Hood Trophy Bin

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Star 2 is back with a brand new track titled “Up” featuring Sacramento sergeant Mozzy, Long Beach’s own $tupid Young, and South Central upstart HoodTrophy Bino. The Asian-American artist is making waves up and down the West Coast with one smash single after another. A few months after his single “New Me” featuring Soulja Boy and Luh Kel, his latest offering “Up” is a vertical leap musically with immense replay value as all four contributors put their best foot forward. 

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