“I’m from a place where you hear sirens all the time…”
– quote from “Real Life”
San Diego-based hip hop artist Star2 teams up with Jacksonville, Florida’s Lil Poppa in the new song titled “Real Life.” It depicts their experiences growing up in poverty delivered on top of distorted 808s and trap drums, which competently captures the feeling of desperation and deprivation.
The song is coupled with a visual in the desert that starts off with Star 2 crawling out of a flipped ATV. It displays the pair spitting rhymes and tells their story of pain amidst the backdrop of a plane crash. It ends with a beautiful rush of colorful smoke bombs.
When speaking on the song, Star 2 said, “Making the video with Lil Poppa was a rush. We acted as our own stuntmen and had a blast racing in the desert. Lil Poppa is humble, not flashy, but able to tell an emotional story about his struggle.”
Star2 is a multi-talented Asian-American artist who blends pop, R&B, and hip-hop, delivering a unique sound. As a teen, he turned to music with a diverse set of influences, including Justin Bieber, Tyga, Chris Brown, and more.
Since 2020, Star2 has released a series of singles that has captivated many fans. Now, he’s on the rise with a deep connection to his roots that permeates his music.