“Because of the colour of their skin, they’re not being treated the same”
Here at I Am Hip Hop you can get a first listen to I Am Tru Starr’s blissful blend of soul and hip-hop on his new album Viva.
Born in New York but currently based in Las Vegas, he tells the truth on what it means to be black in America with songs that truly encapsulate his feelings throughout such a social crisis. After finishing a five-year sentence in prison, I Am Tru Starr is using his musical and song writing capability as a way of repaying his debt to society through highlighting powerful messages within his songs.
“I am a literal walking story of redemption,” he begins. “Been shot, shot at, shot back, sold drugs to people who were like family and a host of other shit that shall go unspoken that led me to spending five years in federal prison”
“Though I’ve paid my debt to the government, I’ve still yet to pay my debt back to society and the people that I had a hand in causing harm to. So, I attempt to do that through music. Giving people hope through song. This society is sedated and I wanna do my part in waking ‘em up”
Part of the inspiration behind this record is from finding out Emmett Till (whose lynching was a major influence on the emergence of Black Rights in 50s and 60s America) was a distant cousin. I Am Tru Starr claims, “what he went through has always helped to fuel the passion in my music”.
Like the story of Till that helped influence this album, the themes strike hard with messages cited such as “because of the colour of their skin- they’re not being treated the same”.
“Fast forward a few years, I’m living in Vegas, became a father and I now see what life is and all it can be and just how beautiful it is,” I Am Tru Starr states. “VIVA is about the celebration of life and all the important things in it that make it worth living. We are all in a place of appreciation for life and the things that truly matter. VIVA! Long live us!”
I Am Tru Starr is heading directly to the heart of today’s social and political issues and you can listen first here:
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