#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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#22: Rap for Refugees

#22: Rap for Refugees

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Heute ist Rap for Refugees Gründer Ata Anat zu Gast beim The Healer Hip Hop Podcast:

Im Dezember 2017 gestartet mit der Idee jährlich Festivals zu veranstalten, ist Rap for Refugees innnerhalb von nur einem Jahr zu einer festen Größe zur Förderung des interkulturellen Austauschs und der Diversität geworden in Deutschland. Als Werkzeuge dienen die Subkulturen des Hip Hop mit Rap, Beatbox, Hip Hop Tanz, Graffiti und DJing!

Über 50 Auftritte mit Workshops oder dem Kollektiv Rapfugees hat Gründer Ata Anat 2018 für Rap for Refugees bereits veranstaltet. Mittlerweile bietet der Verein an vielen Schulen Rap Ags oder Projektwochen in Beatboxen und Rap an. 

Das Projekt wurde auch innerhalb kurzer Zeit weit über die deutsche Ländergrenze hinaus bekannt. Im Juli 2018 veröffentlichte die UN-Flüchtlingshilfe folgenden Beitrag über Rap for Refugees:

Von Anfang an ist das Trio BSMG – Megaloh, Musa BlnNgrtd (von Episode 4) und Ghanaian Stallion treuer Unterstützer von Rap für Refugees und auf den meisten großen Veranstaltungen zu finden. Weitere Künstler sind Chima Ede, Disarstar, Sookee und Lia Sahin uvm.

Jeder Mensch ist ein Geflüchteter. Auch wir selber können Geflüchtete sein.

Ata Anat

Gründer Rap for Refugees

Ich habe mit Ata darüber gesprochen, wie er auf die Idee für Rap for Refugees kam, was seither alles passiert ist und was er für Pläne für die Zukunft hat.

Er hofft nun in naher Zukunft passende Sponsoren und Förderer zu finden, um auch weiterhin seine Arbeit fortsetzen zu können. Als gemeinnützige e. V. ist Rap for Refugees weiterhin auf eure Spenden und Stützen angewiesen. Infos dazu findest du hier.

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#21 Afrikan Boy goes Y.A.M.

#21: Afrikan Boy goes Y.A.M.

by Artist Name

The interview with Afrikan Boy was one of the funniest I ever had! We talked about his start as a rapper, why he called himself Afrikan Boy and why it’s spelled with a “K”. 

The whole point of my career is to bring African influence into what I do, knowing that I’m abroad. Afrikan Boy

I’m not just Afrikan Boy for me, I’m Afrikan Boy for all these other people who have stories to be told. Afrikan Boy

#18: Neville Sigauke

#18: Neville Sigauke

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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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#11: TB Honest – Rapper from Texas who documents his life journey with his music

#11: TB Honest

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TB Honest is a rapper from Texas. His music is smooth and laid back like 90s hip hop and all about positivity. Just like his name
suggests, TB Honest gets very candid about his life story, e.g. how he felt he has learnt more from books and life itself than from school, or how music became a form of therapy for him in dealing with ADHD and other struggles. Also we talked about his ways into rap music and the plans he has for the future.

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#04: Musa BlnNgrtd

#04: Musa BlnNgrtd

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Sierra Leone, ich bin einer dieser Region

In der heutigen Episode von The Healer Hip Hop Podcast unterhalte ich mich mit dem Berliner Rapper MUSA über seine deutschen und afrikanischen Wurzeln. Ich habe MUSA als erstes in Megaloh’s Song Oyoyo gehört. Dort singt er unter anderem folgende Lyrics:

Sierra Leone, ich bin einer dieser Region
Aber ich bin als Berliner geboren, preußischer Deutscher und Mende-Mandingo
Fühl mein Sound, sie fühlen mein Sound
Ich remix Schwarz-Rot-Gold, ich feature das Grün-Weiß-Blau
Mein Traum ist dort
Ich finde meine Wurzeln und ich Stammbaum mich fort”

In dem Interview reden wir darüber, welch verzerrte Wahrnehmung wir hier von dem roten Kontinent haben und seine Erfahrungen, die er aus der Zeit in seiner zweiten Heimat Sierra Leone mitgenommen hat. Außerdem reden wir über seine anstehenden musikalischen Projekte, die er zusammen mit seinen guten Freunden Megaloh und Ghanaian Stallion voraussichtlich noch in diesem Jahr veröffentlichen wird. Ihr findet MUSA auf Facebook und Instagram und natürlich auf Megalohs Album Regenmacher.

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