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B-More Gutter music might be ready to leave town
By RICHARD BECK  |  March 19, 2007
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DJ Blaqstarr

The 8/4, 130 bpm assault of Baltimore club music has been alive and well since the early ’90s, but recently there have been signs that the local sound might be going national. An MTV “You Hear It First” feature a few months back generated buzz and not much else, but with the release of DJ Blaqstarr’s Supastarr EP (Mad Decent) and DJs such as Aaron LaCrate and Debonair Samir getting radio play in Philly and New York, B-More Gutter music might be ready to leave the city limits. Or maybe not. Remember when reggaetón was going to change the face of music as we knew it?

DJ Blaqstarr, “Supastarr”
Singing like a greased-up Prince, Blaqstarr crafts a beat that clicks and clacks harmlessly along until a big, trashy bass drum knocks the bottom out. He’ll be producing tracks on M.I.A.’s next album, and this is a good sign.

DJ Blaqstarr, “Shake It to the Ground”
One bass boomp, one synth clap every other beat, and MC Rye Rye’s voice layered all over itself is all this “less-is-a-lot-more” track needs. I almost can’t imagine dancing to the thing, but it’s refreshing to hear someone go really minimal on principle rather than half-ass it because it sounds neat and weird.

DJ Debonair Samir, “Keep Your Hands Off My Girl”
Samir is either a forward-thinking guy or a middle-school girl, because this is a remix of a Good Charlotte song. Joel Madden’s voice is still pretty bratty, but you wouldn’t believe what wobbly synths and gunfire can add to the mix.

Aaron LaCrate, “Smile Lil Trily Allen”
“Smile” was a lonely-sounding song to begin with, but it wasn’t till LaCrate added a crew of yelling dudes and monotone synth-string hits that she sounded as if she were in danger. The soaring mid section is really terrific, but otherwise this one doesn’t take off.

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