Blaqstarr, the Baltimore born DJ, producer, and artist extraordinaire, is a talent that comes around once in a lifetime. Writing, producing, and arranging all his material, Blaqstarr’s worldly sound has no boundaries, grabbing elements from every genre.
He is well-known for his songwriting and production work on M.I.A.’s 2007 album Kala and 2010’s MAYA. Over the past few years, Blaqstarr has released 2007's Superstar EP (on Diplo’s Mad Decent label), the Divine EP (his first release through Interscope, with N.E.E.T's imprint) and Blaqstarr: The Mixtape (a free online download that has made game-changing impact), as well as tours such as "Rock The Bells" and others with Diplo and M.I.A. Most recently, Blaqstarr created 4 original songs for the movie, L.U.V., featuring Common, Danny Glover, Meagan Good, and a host of other well established actors. Constantly evolving as an artist, Blaqstarr is "living" in the studio to craft the masterpiece he wants the world to hear as his debut album. In his words: “I go up into the clouds and grab all the bits and pieces of my dreams and experiences and put them in the air. There are no bounds for my music, so expect to experience every one of your best feelings when you listen to it.”
Diplo was quoted stating, "Blaqstarr could be this generation's Isaac Hayes". Rolling Stone's interpretation of the Blaqstarr sound is that "His gauzily processed production shrouds falsetto come ons and playalistic mumblings in a skeevy haze, perfect for torpid, booming tracks that deploy anything from layered girl-chirps to distorted guitars to a pilfered Cameo beat in service of massaging his psychedelic freak." 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 his song “Oh My Darling,” calling it “a simple loop with Blaqstarr’s melancholy plea, something between Kanye, Prince, and Robin Thicke — direct and driving.”
Fresh off the release The Blaq Files via Mad Decent/Jeffrees, and music video for "Dear Diamond" ft Common, Blaqstarr has released a new EP "Trinity EP vol 1" featuring slowed down baltimore club beats laced with Blaqstarrs signature voice, finding itself both hypnotizing and revitalizing. Fact Magazine writes: he [Blaqstarr] told us his next project would be “the fusion of everything: past, present, future. I’m giving ‘em the holy trinity.”He wasn’t just being lofty:...his next project is called Trinity...the EP is more the “present” and “future” parts of Blaqstarr’s promise, stripping away the bombast of Baltimore club and punctuating his own take on R&B psychedelia…" There's much more in store for Blaqstarr. As DJ, Producer or recording artist, he stretches the imagination, painting futuristic pictures with an uncanny familiarity. Afropunk writes: "If Divine EP was Blaqstarr in chrysalis, Trinity is the birth of the new Blaqstarr. And it's glorious." It's only the beginning for this young veteran. Welcome.