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Trackstar The DJ
Trackstar The DJ is the Billy Hoyle of Hip-Hop.

Basement Beats

Tef Poe – War Machine 2 (Hosted By DJ Smallz & DJ Shure Fire)

By Trackstar The DJ | 10 Comments

"I'm not saying I'm gonna rule the world or I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee you that I will spark the brain that will change the world.

Big K.R.I.T.

Phonte, DJ Premier & 9th Wonder Speak On The Art Of Battle Rap At Redbull EmSee 2012

By Trackstar The DJ | 13 Comments

Photos: Skipp Martin, Red Bull Battles are a staple in Hip-Hop, whether they occur on wax or live, competition between MCs (and DJs as well).


Theresa Payne – The Moment EP

By Trackstar The DJ | 4 Comments

If you've paid attention to the last few releases from folks like Rockwell Knuckles, Tef Poe and Vandalyzm, you've already been initiated to the voice of the radiant Theresa Payne.

DJ House Shoes

House Shoes – The Makings, Part 1

By Trackstar The DJ | 5 Comments

House Shoes is probably best known as a touring DJ as well as the unofficial official worldwide ambassador of Detroit Hip-Hop, but he has a production career that has gone relatively unheralded.

Artemus Jenkins

Tre Luce Drops His Atlanta Mini-Doc “The Return”

By Trackstar The DJ | 5 Comments

Turning a two minute song, "The Return," into a five minute mini-documentary on the changes Atlanta has seen in the past twenty years, Tre Luce adds his stream-of-consciousness flow to the end of a well-shot series of interviews with Rico Wade and others discussing the effects of the 1996 Olympics, gentrification and the progress (or lack thereof) on the embattled west side.


Your Daily Funk: Merry Clayton – “Southern Man”

By Trackstar The DJ | 3 Comments

As I conduct interviews with artists and producers who were affiliated with or influenced by Organized Noize as part of the promo campaign for my "Best of" mixtape, one song that has come up over and over is Cool Breeze's "Watch For The Hook." In particular, ONP's use of Merry Clayton's "Southern Man" seems to have left its mark on the minds of many familiar with their catalog.


El-P’s Got The “Cancer 4 Cure”

By Trackstar The DJ | 2 Comments

Long ago, Guru and Premier perfected the one MC-one producer blueprint that used to be commonplace in Hip-Hop, but artists seem to have strayed from that setup as they seem to focus more on the big names in their production credits than on creating a cohesive project.

3 Dayz

Rob Gullatte – “Trill Hip Hop” Video

By Trackstar The DJ | 7 Comments

In this brave new world listeners often hear an artist's name buzzing amongst the tastemakers, see the viral video posted on their favorite rap blog, check out the "leaked" cover, tracklist and the behind-the-scenes video, all before actually experiencing a song--you know, actual lyrics and beats and such.

Every Waking Hour

Your Daily Funk: Electric Wire Hustle’s “They Don’t Want”

By Trackstar The DJ | 7 Comments

You know that face you make when you're recommending that a friend check out an artist that you are oh-so-serious about.


Def Jam x Peter Rosenberg Present “Noisemakers” With Nas Live At SXSW

By Trackstar The DJ | 3 Comments

For those who haven't been paying attention, Peter Rosenberg's Noisemakers interview series features the Hot 97 morning DJ running a live Q&A session with Hip-Hop royalty, complete with a DJ and a studio audience.


Killer Mike Feat. Bun B, Trouble & T.I. – “Big Beast” (Prod. By El-P)

By Trackstar The DJ | 20 Comments

Remember Jay-Z’s adlibs on dead prez’s “Hell Yeah (Pimp the System)”.

DJ Burn One

On The “Presidential Podcast,” Showboys & The Significance Of “Drag Rap”

By Trackstar The DJ | 3 Comments

Lost in all the New Year's Eve excitement , DJ Burn One and Dibiase snuck in one more installment of everyone's favorite weekly dose of country rap tunes, their Presidential podcast.


Tef Poe – “K.N.G.M.F.B” Video

By Trackstar The DJ | 6 Comments

"I know some people probably gon tell me, that this beat is borin, 'Cause it ain't got no 808s and a repeated chorus sayin.

I Ced

“Now Or Later” – I, Ced’s All In My Mind LP

By Trackstar The DJ

Fans of Black Spade, Coultrain and the Hawthorne Headhunters are most likely familiar with the work of I, Ced, even if they don’t know it.


SL Jones – Flight Risk Mixtape

By Trackstar The DJ | 6 Comments

SL Jones has been a busy young man.

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