BLAQSTARR RELEASES THE DIVINE EP TODAY ON N.E.E.T./INTERSCOPE RECORDS RECORDING ARTIST, PRODUCER, AND DJ PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR SINGLE “RIDER GIRL”

BLAQSTARR RELEASES THE DIVINE EP TODAY ON N.E.E.T./INTERSCOPE RECORDS RECORDING ARTIST, PRODUCER, AND DJ PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR SINGLE “RIDER GIRL”

Recording artist, DJ, and producer Blaqstarr releases the eagerly anticipated, Divine EP on N.E.E.T./Interscope Records today. The six-song collection is the Baltimore native’s debut recording for N.E.E.T., the label imprint launched by British/Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A. Check out the music video premiere for new single “Rider Girl” here:

Blaqstarr, often known as DJ Blaqstarr, experienced local success in the early 2000s with a series of tracks he released via his own Starr Productions label. He is well-known for his songwriting and production work on M.I.A.’s 2007 album Kala and 2010’s MAYA. He also scored a 2006 club hit, “Shake It To The Ground,” after discovering Baltimore dance-rap dynamo Rye Rye, whom M.I.A. has also signed to N.E.E.T. Over the last two years, Blaqstarr has released a mixtape, 2008’s King of Roq (on Diplo’s Mad Decent label), toured with Diplo, M.I.A., and Rye Rye, and participated in the 2008 Rock The Bells tour. He has also produced tracks for Mos Def, Switch, Talib Kweli, and K-Swift, among many others.

Constantly evolving as an artist, Blaqstarr is now stepping out with the Divine EP, which showcases his fearless and relentlessly experimental brand of electronic hip-hop. “There are no bounds for my music,” he says, “so expect to experience every one of your best feelings when you listen to it.” Spin.com raves, “Blaqstarr builds his lo-fi hip hop sound by adding in touches of R&B (glossy piano cadences, soulful, melismatic vocals)- imagine Prince re-making Sign O’the Times as a banging Baltimore Club record on a beat up four track recorder.” Fader praises “Oh My Darling,” calling it “a simple loop with Blaqstarr’s melancholy plea, something between Kanye, Prince, and Robin Thicke — direct and driving.”

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