Recording artist, DJ, and producer Blaqstarr will release The Divine EP on N.E.E.T./Interscope Records on January 25th, 2011. The six-song collection is the Baltimore native’s debut recording for N.E.E.T., the label imprint launched by British/Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A.
Blaqstarr, often known as DJ Blaqstarr, experienced local success in the early 2000s with a series of tracks he released via his own Starr Productions label. He is well-known for his songwriting and production work on M.I.A.’s 2007 album Kala and 2010’s MAYA. He also scored a 2006 club hit, “Shake It Down To The Ground,” after discovering Baltimore dance-rap dynamo Rye Rye, whom M.I.A. has also signed to N.E.E.T. Over the last two years, Blaqstarr has released a mixtape, 2008’s King of Roq (on Diplo’s Mad Decent label), toured with Diplo, M.I.A., and Rye Rye, and participated in the 2008 Rock The Bells tour. He has also produced tracks for Mos Def, Switch, Talib Kweli, and K-Swift, among many others.