#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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#14: GiwHa – The Artist formerly known as Musiqman

#14: GiwHa - The artist formerly known as Musiq Man

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GiwHa is a quite diverse artist: he is a singer, songwriter, DJ, producer and plays the Piano, bass, drum machine, percussions and a little bit of Sax all by himself.

Born in Nigeria, and raised in Brighton, UK, he grew up listening to a lot of music at home, such as Fela Kuti, Billy Ocean, Marvin Gaye and always played music in church where his mom would sing.

He studied engineering at university, which was more of a back up plan than his true passion. However, this has prepared him for the technical side of music so that it came easy for him to produce music.

 

I don’t follow people. I follow what I do. GiwHa

Yet, it wasn’t until after his mother had passed away in 2007, that he finally started doing music properly as a producer around 2009. Under the name Musiq Man he has since published two instrumental albums.

Finally artists like Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak and a chat he had with Robert Glasper backstage at the Love Supreme Festival convinved him that there was room out there for his own voice.

 

People need to hear it from me too. GiwHa

He felt like the name Musiq Man was very generic, so he finally went with a name that meant something to him and that was unique:

GiwHa – after his Grandpa Giwa.

GiwHa only met his Grandfather when he was very young and he remembers that he was scared of him and didn’t want to touch him. He later got to know more about him and learned that he resembles his Grandfather, who was a very important man in his town – Giwa means leader, he was adviser to the King. GiwHa began to realize that that’s ME!

Find out more about GiwHa on Bandcamp or follow him on Social Media!

Music as a Healer:
“Music has always been a healer to me. My first album is dedicated to my mom. She passed away in 2007. She was a singer and music was her passion and I couldn’t think of anything else to make her this proud. I’ve always used music for everything and to express myself.”

GiwHa

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#26 I.Am.Tru.Starr

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Until then enjoy some sweet summer music – I added some nice African music I heard on my son’s father African Summer Grill Party and you should have seen me in the car acting all Spice Adams when the songs played ;-)))

 

Unfortunately, my favorite song, Salone Party, isn’t on Apple Music nor Spotify, so here you go:
Here are the links to this month’s Playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

 

Until soon,

xxx, Ana

Ayo – Fearless

Kid Cudi – Reborn

Nas – Everything

Etta Bond – Let me hit it

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The first song I heard of Aaron Taylor is his song “Blue“, which to me sounds like part 2 to D’Angelo’s classic “Untitled (How does it feel)” – and I instantly fell in love with Aaron’s music. In the interview I talked with him about his love for music, his way into music and what made him start as a producer first, despite his obvious singing talent.

 

“You can’t hide from it forever”
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#08: Langa Mavuso – Urban Soul Singer from South Africa

#08: Langa Mavuso

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Follow Langa on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/langamav/
and subscribe to his music on SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/nathi_mavuso
Also I want to give a shoutout to my friend Melly who did today’s intro! She’s also a fan of Langa’s, so she was the perfect fit. Say hi to her in Instagram https://www.instagram.com/likkle_but_tallawah/ Thank you Melly!

#06: Monique Marie – Soulsinger from the Land of the Living

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Monique is currently working on her own album and playing MeShay in the Rap Comedy “16 Bars the Movie”.

You find Monique here:

https://www.instagram.com/moniquemariemusic/

https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueMarieMusic/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5347492/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/land-of-the-living-single/id1181714581

 

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02: Tansy Davis

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Meet my friend and singer/ songwriter/ vocal coach Tansy Davis!

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Tansy Davis Supersoul

Tansy Davis Supersoul Band

 

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