ArnStar is the son of a pioneer of Hip-Hop and the brother of one of the darlings of rap, but this July 4th he claims his independence and fends for himself.
It’s Independence Day and there’s no better way to celebrate than watching one of rap’s most outstanding independent artists right now. It has become a cliché to hear people say that they “do this for the culture”.
However, when it comes to artist Arnstar, it is probably the only idiom that best expresses his genius; his gift; his look at art. Of all his contemporaries that roam the Billboard charts, he really does it for the culture. Giving up music as master of ceremonies and carrying the dance torch his father had given him from his mother’s womb, the legendary “Kippy Dee”, one of the original members of the pioneer b-boying troupe , the Rock Steady Crew.
The former Wild ‘N Out cast member makes music that invokes smiles, a bit of cultural floss, and an identity rooted in fun. His song from 2021, “We are here”Starring his blood sister Lil ‘Mama, reminds listeners that rap can be upbeat and lyrical.
His StarMix series consists of a few remakes of popular songs by artists he admires. While the device has been used by many artists in the past, the clever way he deconstructed the song gives a throwback to the old demos used by the Founding Fathers that made hip-hop fresh. His version of the Drake and Rick Ross ”Freestyle with lemon and pepper, showcases his creativity – and his vision of himself as an artist.
His recently published sincere StarMix interpretation of “You’re Mines Still” by Yung Bleu and Drake is another example of passion, showing a vulnerability that is often lost on his generation.
As people toss the links on the grill, practice their “Wobble” and argue over who will steal the show during Summer Madness (John John da Don or Tsu Surf), discover a true indie artist.