#26 I.Am.Tru.Starr

#26: I.Am.Tru.Starr

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Hope for the Hopeless

In today’s episode of The Healer Hip Hop Podcast I interview US rapper and singer I.Am.Tru.Starr. His name is an affirmation for himself and anyone who says it. I.Am.Tru.Starr was born and raised in Rochester, New York. There, he has seen and been through some tough times that he references in his music.

On his first album “Old Stuff”, released in 2015, he says about those hard times: “Wish I could drop a tear, but my sorrow well dried up”. Ironically, the song’s name is ‘Joy’. However, he wants to give “Hope for the Hopeless” as he raps in the following song “Night calls”.

Despite his modest upstate roots, he made this his mission and purpose. I.Am.Tru.Starr is working with the intention to lead by example. With a dedicated passion to show the next generation that beautiful things can grow out of what others consider a deadbeat town. 

Before music, I don’t feel like life was really anything. It was just life in the ghetto. I.Am.Tru.Starr

Artist

Evolving with every album

You can’t put his music in a box. With the help of his long-time team of producers he navigates through genres and styles. One time, he raps smoothly and laid back as in the song “26 inches”. (I added it to my March playlist and it was the first song I heard of him.)

At other times he sings a powerful mantra: “A 20 Thousand Dollar watch won’t buy you more hours. But look into the mirror and you see your power” (“Power.”). When you listen to his music you’ll notice that he gets more versatile with every album.

He personally uses the word Soul Hop to best describe his style that mixes elements of hip-hop, R&B, funk, gospel and alt-soul.

Representation matters

His 2015 EP “Hair like Basquiat” was most influenced by one of the most prevalent issues of that year: the killing of unarmed People of Color by the Police, which seemed to have reached a sad peak in the public eye. With the album he wanted to create a manifest for the much needed self-love for himself and PoC in general. His hair, which actually looked like Basquiat’s at the time, was a further representation of this self-love.  

Smoke Break

“Smoke Break”, his latest work of art which was released in 2018, is a Soundtrack to his directorial debut. The “Smoke Break Movie” that came with the album. is about what price you’re willing to pay to create the life you want. If you want get in touch with I.Am.Tru.Starr you can follow him on IG, Youtube, Facebook.

Listen to the full Interview with I.Am.Tru.Starr on The Healer Hip Hop Podcast on you Podcast App, Spotify or on this blog.

 

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#26 I.Am.Tru.Starr

Hope for the Hopeless In today's episode of The Healer Hip Hop Podcast I interview US rapper and singer I.Am.Tru.Starr. His name is an affirmation for himself and anyone who says it. I.Am.Tru.Starr was born and raised in Rochester, New York. There, he has seen and...

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#25: Tacheles und Tarantismus

#25: Tacheles und tarantismus

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Ich habe mich im letzten November mit Tobias Frühauf und Philipp Wolpert, den beiden Gründern des Heilbronner Theaterlabels Tacheles und Tarantismus für dieses Interview getroffen.

Wir haben bei Falafel Beirut darüber geredet, was ein Theaterlabel eigentlich überhaupt macht, wofür Tacheles und Tarantismus steht und wie sie Theater neu denken und revolutionieren und wollen.

Tacheles und Tarantismus steht in Kurzform für TNT, also Sprengstoff. Wir sorgen dafür, dass wir unangenehme Dinge ansprechen, die in unserer Gesellschaft passieren.

Tacheles und Tarantismus

Theaterlabel

Die beiden haben im Herbst 2018 zusammen mit Rappern und anderen Künstlern (Juicy Gay, Dennis Da Mennace, Sasa Stubbs, Thea Rasche, Andreas Posthoff, Raik Singer, Leah Wewoda, Alexander Ilic, Michel Schulze und Gunnar Schwarm) die Trapoper “UBU” im Heilbronner Club Mobilat aufgeführt.

Was sie dabei erfahren durften, wie das Publikum auf das neue Format reagierte, ihre Verbindung zur Musik und was sie für Pläne für die Zukunft haben hört ihr in diesem Interview.

Wenn ihr Teil der Revolte sein wollt und wissen, was Tacheles und Tarantismus demnächst vorhaben, folgt ihnen auf Facebook und Instagram oder schaut vorbei auf ihrer Seite. 

#24: Refugee Canteen

#24: Refugee Canteen

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

In der heutigen Episode unterhalte ich mich mit Beni aus Hamburg, dem Gründer von Refugee Canteen.

Die Refugee Canteen ist die erste gastronomische Vorschule, die Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund und Geflüchteten eine Grundlagenausbildung für gastronomische Berufe vermittelt.

Beni und sein Team setzen dabei auf die Kombination aus praxisnaher Kenntnisvermittlung und dem Erleben in der gastronomischen “Echtwelt”. Hierbei unterstützen sie renommierte Restaurants und Hotels, indem sie interessante Einsatzstellen zur Verfügung stellen.

Ich freu mich, dass wir auf so vielen Ebenen eine Win-Win Situation erzeugen können und dass das Thema Geflüchtete nicht so schwer ist.

Beni

Refugee Canteen

Im Interview erzählt Beni wie er in der Gastronomie ein zu Hause und sich selbst gefunden hat und wie das ihn dazu bewegt hat Refugee Canteen zu gründen. Er erzählt auch von den Herausforderungen, die das Projekt mit sich brachte, aber auch den Erfolgserlebnissen.

Wer Refugee Canteen unterstützen oder vielleicht in seiner eigenen Stadt eine Eigene gründen möchte, kann hier mit Beni und seinem Team in Kontakt treten. Ansonsten freuen sie sich auch über Besuch und geben gern auch mal ein Essen aus. 

 

#23: Black History Month 2019 mit Boqor Bantu

#23: Black History Month mit Boqor Bantu

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Black History Month

Jedes Jahr im Februar wird in zahlreichen Ländern der Black History Month (BHM) gefeiert um die Geschichte Schwarzer Menschen in aller Welt zu würdigen. Diese Tradition geht auf das Jahr 1926 zurück, als der Historiker Carter G. Woodson eine Veranstaltungsreihe initiierte, um die breite Öffentlichkeit in den USA über Schwarze Geschichte und die kulturellen, wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Leistungen der afro-amerikanischen Bevölkerung aufmerksam zu machen.

Auch in Deutschland wird BHM seit Anfang der 1990 vielen Städten von der Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland e.V. (ISD) organisiert.

Afro-Deutsche Geschichte

Wie schon in Podcast Episode #15, zum BHM UK im Oktober, habe ich mich auf ein Interview mit Boqor Bantu von  Geschichte Afrikas getroffen, um anhand von drei afro-deutschen Autobiografien über die Geschichte von Schwarzen Deutschen zu reden. Soulsänger Billheincock, der in seinen Liedern auch von seinen eigenen Erfahrungen als afrikanischer Deutscher erzählt, war so freundlich mir seinen passenden Song “Dealer” zur Verfügung zu stellen.

(Im Podcast habe ich von der Organisation “Über den Berg” erzählt. Der Verein heißt Mountain Activity Club und organisiert Trips in die Berge und über die Alpen für ehemalige Drogensüchtige.)

Londri Mingolo-Tite:

Allein in einer fremden Welt

Geboren und in den ersten Jahre beim Vater und der Oma im Kongo aufgewachsen, beschreibt Londri Mingolo-Tite seine Lebensgeschichte, erzählt von den unbeschwerten Kinderjahren im Kongo und wie er schließlich mit sieben Jahren von der Familie ganz allein ins Flugzeug gesetzt wird und über Umwegen nach Deutschland kommt. Er schildert den Kulturschock in dieser gänzlich anderen Mentalität. Er erzählt vom Alleinsein ohne Halt und Orientierung, ernüchtert von der harten Realität des Alltags in Deutschland und der schwierigen Integration.

Von den Problemen als ›schwarzer‹ Asylbewerber in Deutschland, den Verlockungen unserer ›weißen Welt‹, seinem Abrutschen in die Kriminalität, dem Großwerden in einem Heim der Jugendhilfe, bis zum Abschluss der Regelschule und dem Erlernen eines Berufes und dem Antritt einer Arbeitsstelle als Krankenpfleger in Trier.

Er beschreibt in harten Worten seine persönlichen Erfahrungen und seine Entwicklung vom Kind zum kleinkriminellen Gangster in Köln und Umland bis zum resozialisierten und integrierten ›Normalo‹ mit Frau und Tochter. Dieses Buch zeigt schonungslos und offen die Risiken der deutschen Asylpolitik, aber auch die Chancen und Ressourcen einer gelungenen Integration. Diese Geschichte ist real und wahr und brandaktuell.

Die Würde des Deutschen ist unantastbar.

Londri Mingolo-Tite

Hans J. Massaquoi:

Ein unaussprechlicher Titel

Als Sohn einer weißen Mutter und eines schwarzen Vaters wächst Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi in großbürgerlichen Verhältnissen in Hamburg auf. Doch eines Tages verlässt der Vater das Land. Hans-Jürgen und seine Mutter bleiben zurück und ziehen in ein Arbeiterviertel. Als die Nazis die Macht übernehmen, verändert sich ihr Leben grundlegend.

Hans J. Massaquoi beschreibt in seiner außergewöhnlichen Autobiographie seine Kindheit und Jugend zwischen 1926 und 1948 als einer der wenigen schwarzen Deutschen in diesem Land.

Theodor Michael:

Deutsch sein und schwarz dazu

Theodor Michaels Vater kam vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg aus Kamerun, damals deutsches »Schutz gebiet«, nach Deutschland und wurde wie andere Kolonialmigranten freundlich aufgenommen. Er heiratete eine Deutsche und gründete eine Familie. Doch schon während der Weimarer Republik fand man, Farbige sollten den Deutschen keine Arbeitsplätze mehr wegnehmen. Bald konnten sie nur noch in den sehr beliebten »Völkerschauen« unterkommen. In der Nazizeit wurden ihnen die deutschen Pässe entzogen. Nur als stumme Komparsen in den zahl reichen Kolonialfilmen waren sie noch gefragt.

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#26 I.Am.Tru.Starr

Hope for the Hopeless In today's episode of The Healer Hip Hop Podcast I interview US rapper and singer I.Am.Tru.Starr. His name is an affirmation for himself and anyone who says it. I.Am.Tru.Starr was born and raised in Rochester, New York. There, he has seen and...

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#19: Small Literature

#19: Small Literature

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Lafayette Lewis goes by the producer name Small Literature. I first got in touch with him through IG and he made a The Healer Hip Hop remix for me which I was supposed to play in this epsiode. But I ended up choosing a song from his latest album instead.

That album – Kind of you – is dedicated to his sister who passed away last year around the same time I received my gift to second chance at life. That’s why I feel a special connection to him and his music about her. I dedicate this episode to his sister.

From Hip Hop to Rock and back

Small Literature is from St. Petersburg, Florida, so he grew up predominantly around Southern Hip Hop Rappers such as  Mystikal, Master P, T.I. etc.

Starting High School, he also came in touch with Rock Music, e.g. Fall Out Boy, Creed, but also classics like Led Zeppelin and the Pixies. From there he transitioned to discovering all types of music across all genres and eras.

The name Small Literature was originally meant for a band, but it ended up becoming his producer name. 

Your music should reflect your personality

Producing came natural to him, because he had always been passionate about listening to every detail of music. Some of his favorite producers are Madlib, J Dilla, The Alchemist and Oddisee.

He puts out a lot of music (just look at his IG) because he has found a formula that makes him able to produce a beat quickly. Also, he found that in the 60’s bands used to put out 5 to 6 albums a year. To Lafayette  it’s not just about creating the perfect album, but also documenting the journey of the creative process to that perfect album. 

Favorite Music

Lastly, Lafayette is my go to person for musical inspiration – new and old! On each of my playlists there is at least one song or artist that I got to know through him. His favorite artists at the moment are Black Milk, The Alchemist and Tokimonsta:

There is a right way to use music. It’s all about what’s in you. What you are willing to give on a positive end. People can feel that. In the South they have Soul Food. You can tell when it’s made with the heart and soul. The good in Hip Hop is always made with a heart and soul.

Small Literature

on how Hip Hop can be a Healer

In the future, he plans to have artists sing to his beats, so feel free to contact him through his Bandcamp or IG!

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#26 I.Am.Tru.Starr

Hope for the Hopeless In today's episode of The Healer Hip Hop Podcast I interview US rapper and singer I.Am.Tru.Starr. His name is an affirmation for himself and anyone who says it. I.Am.Tru.Starr was born and raised in Rochester, New York. There, he has seen and...

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#18: Neville Sigauke

#18: Neville Sigauke

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Neville Sigauke is a Rapper and Artist who was born and raised in different parts of Zimbabwe and now lives in South Africa. Growing up in different cultures of Zimbabwe, he decided to overcome the ongoing tribalism by mixing Shona and Ndebele and sounds and fuse it into what he calls Mbira Dze Hip Hop – it stands for something unique that was born in Zimbabwe and for identity.

The Mbira is an important music instrument when it comes to traditional music of Zimbabwe. It is played with the thumbs and it’s also used for traditional ceremonies and meditation.

Neville has two projects on the way – his first solo album and a joint project with his rapper colleague and friend YStan. Both projects will mix hip hop with traditonal and tribal elements.

You can find more about Neville on Youtube, SoundCloud, Instagram and Facebook.

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#26 I.Am.Tru.Starr

Hope for the Hopeless In today's episode of The Healer Hip Hop Podcast I interview US rapper and singer I.Am.Tru.Starr. His name is an affirmation for himself and anyone who says it. I.Am.Tru.Starr was born and raised in Rochester, New York. There, he has seen and...

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#17: Tobias Wilinski

#17: Tobias Wilinski

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Tobias Wilinski ist mein geschätzer Podcast Kollege vom Thematakt Podcast – mein Lieblings-Hip-Hop-Podcast aus Deutschland. Er hat eine großartige Track bei Track Episode über mein Lieblingsalbum des letzten Jahres erstellt: Platz an der Sonne von BSMG:

Tobias war lange Deutschlandchef von Genius Deutschland, erzählt uns von seiner Zeit aus Frankreich und teilt mit uns seine dort entstandenen Raps – die müsst ihr auf jeden Fall hören!!! Er war in Südfrankreich und der Slang dort klingt so, wie ich früher, als ich noch in Dresden lebte, sicher französisch gesprochen hatte – sächsisches Französisch! 🙂

Schließlich teilt er mit uns noch wie er zu Thematakt kam und was er damit in Zukunft noch vorhat! Hört euch die Folge unbedingt an und dann am Besten gleich Thematakt anhören!

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#26 I.Am.Tru.Starr

Hope for the Hopeless In today's episode of The Healer Hip Hop Podcast I interview US rapper and singer I.Am.Tru.Starr. His name is an affirmation for himself and anyone who says it. I.Am.Tru.Starr was born and raised in Rochester, New York. There, he has seen and...

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The Healer Hip Hop Playlist March 2019

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#16: Anna-Liisa Donatella:

#16: Anna-Liisa-Donatella

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Anna-Liisa Donatella has always been connected to arts: singing, making music, dancing. She’s practicing and teaching Yoga, and is involved in several pre-dominantely female empowerment projects.

She was into choirs from a very young age. At first, she was told she  didn’t have much of a voice and was not allowed to join the local choir. But she didn’t allow that to crush her vocal confidence, so she kept auditioning and eventually got in to the Cathedral girls choir in Winchester. She has since joined and led many more choirs and got a Gospel Mentorship.

The school of knowmads has changed her life. It’s for “lost birds” and she lost her voice there. She started dancing and had the opportunity to dance in front of the whole school and there she started to reinvent herself. Her alter ego – the fairy – made her dance through an old trauma and it made her realize how healing dancing and art is. This is the film Anna-Liisa talks about in the Interview – created and performed by her. It’s a performance about a healing journey, a transformation of pain into power. 

Still on her healing journey she went to Trinidad and Tobago with her Gospel mentor. All of sudden she found herself in the jungle as part of her mentor’s family with her mentor’s father slowly passing away. The atmosphere there allowed her to just sit there and sing along to the piano, no matter what would actually come out – whispers or silent songs.

Over time she found her voice appearing again and she now wants to help others who have experienced the same thing. When I asked her if she could share with us the music she sang in Trinidad, something magical happened. Anna-Liisa has since published her song not only for the podcast, but also shared it with the whole world, video and all. She also plans to do more music and two choir projects. I’ll share any news with you guys!

Her blog ‘How to be happy’ contains musings, stories, pastoral philosophy, resonant thoughts, diary writing (journal) recommendations and tools for your own process, ideas in collision with facts, pitches and gestures, loving words and non-sensical pieces that she have thought about and enjoyed. An assortment of sensations to try and answer this one question: “how to be happy, indeed.”

Other links:

Virtual choir by Eric Whitacre

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#26 I.Am.Tru.Starr

Hope for the Hopeless In today's episode of The Healer Hip Hop Podcast I interview US rapper and singer I.Am.Tru.Starr. His name is an affirmation for himself and anyone who says it. I.Am.Tru.Starr was born and raised in Rochester, New York. There, he has seen and...

read more

The Healer Hip Hop Playlist March 2019

I'm in Lisbon, taking a long needed break from everything, but of course I had to prepare another Playlist for you and also for me to walk these beautiful streets here. Thanks to the wait I could add Solange's new song 'Stay flo' which is my favorite of her new album...

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#15: Boqor Bantu zur Geschichte Afrikas – Black History Month Special

#15: Boqor Bantu zur Geschichte Afrikas

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

 Oktober ist Black History Month im Vereinten Königreich und ich dachte mir, ich möchte auch in Deutschland mehr Wissen über afrikanische Geschichte und deren Auswirkungen auf unsere Gesellschaft heute verbreiten.

Dazu habe ich ein Interview mit Boqor Bantu aufgenommen, der regelmäßig auf IG über die Geschichte Afrikas postet. Er ist im Moment sogar selbst in Nairobi und hat sich extra für The Healer Hip Hop Zeit genommen.

Passend zum Thema läuft hier für euch das Album “Platz an der Sonne” von BSMG, welches ebenfalls Geschichte und Gegenwart Afrikas thematisiert.

 

Racism is like a Cadillac, they bring out a new model every year.

Malcolm X

Boqor Bantu’s dazugehörigen Artikel (auf Englisch) findet ihr in der Rubrik “The Healer“. Dort schreibt er über die Frage “Black History Month – Has Colonialism really ended?” Darüber hinaus haben wir im Podcast auch über die heutige Situation geredet, von der Flüchtlingskrise über unser westliches und oft falsches Bild von Afrika. Eine gute Doku, die unser Bild von Afrika gerade rückt findet ihr in der 6-teiligen Arte-Serie “Digital Africa“.

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#26 I.Am.Tru.Starr

Hope for the Hopeless In today's episode of The Healer Hip Hop Podcast I interview US rapper and singer I.Am.Tru.Starr. His name is an affirmation for himself and anyone who says it. I.Am.Tru.Starr was born and raised in Rochester, New York. There, he has seen and...

read more

The Healer Hip Hop Playlist March 2019

I'm in Lisbon, taking a long needed break from everything, but of course I had to prepare another Playlist for you and also for me to walk these beautiful streets here. Thanks to the wait I could add Solange's new song 'Stay flo' which is my favorite of her new album...

read more