Medinah Starr

Medinah Starr

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
BandHip HopSpoken Word

Energetic and captivating performer with unmatched style of rap and poetry. Medinah Starr's Music can be described as "Socially conscious hip-hop with a street smart edge. Medinah Starr's music is an unconventional fusion of spoken word and lyricism over a variety of beats and sounds."

Biography

Medinah Starr

Her name says it all! Medinah Starr is truly a "Star", a shining ray of hope, a refreshing spirit, a poet, a songwriter, an activist and an MC. She has been described as a “breath of fresh air” in an industry over-saturated with gimmicks and negative role models.

Refusing to be portrayed as an over-sexualized, gun-clapping female MC, Medinah created her own lane and refused to be compromised. So many of us long for the days of Queen Latifah sporting the kente cloth, wearing an ankh and spitting lyrics about unity and self-respect.

We remember MC Lyte and Roxanne Shante going head to head with other MCs, male and female and emerging victorious. It is these women amongst others that gave birth to Medinah’s unique sound. It is a fusion of spoken word and powerful lyrics with a street-smart edge over Hip-Hop beats!

Reviewers and critics praise the West Philly native for her creativity in addressing controversial issues such as racism, sexism, domestic violence and poverty. Emory Garris from doyourart.com writes, “No one else’s story connected with me the way that hers did”. 100.3FM The Beat, a Philadelphia-based FM station, labeled Ms. Starr “The Next to Blow” in Philly!

Motivated by her struggle to be heard and her passion for music Ms. Starr has expanded her fan base way beyond the US borders. Medinah has a strong fan base in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Canada. She was interviewed on the Urban Renewal Project in Vancouver, BC in December of 2007 and her single made the “Best of 2007” list in Canada.

Medinah Starr has collaborated with artists and producers such as Guru from the legendary Gang Starr, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Nick Wiz, Torae, Access Immortal and others.

Medinah Starr's two projects, Beyond Reazon (1/2008) and Serious Intermission (12/2008) are both available on Apple i-tunes, www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com and at some local retailers.

Medinah Starr's Music can be described as "Socially conscious hip-hop with a street smart edge. Medinah Starr's music is an unconventional fusion of spoken word and lyricism over a variety of beats and sounds."

Discography

Medinah Starr Discography:

Soulslicers - "Boost the Soul" (2011)

Access Immortal - "Last Summer in Brooklyn" (2011)

Access Immortal - "Birth of a Dream" (2010)

Medinah Starr - "Serious Intermission" EP (2008)

Medinah Starr - "Beyond Reazon" (2008)
The highly anticipated debut album from this female lyricist / poet.

Guru from Gangstarr - "Back to the Future Jazzmatazz Mixtape" hosted by DJ Doo Wop. (2008)

Access Immortal - American Me (2007)

Shabaam Sahdeeq "The Outcome". (2007)

Medinah Starr - "The Renaissance". (2006)

Set List

Every set is started with a 1 - 2 minute acapella freestyle or spoken word poem. The songs gradually progress from mellow to up tempo.

Venue must have speakers / pa system and a laptop or computer to play cd. Artist brings music on a cd and on a flash drive. If necessary, this artist can bring her own microphone.

Example 20 minute set:

"Acapella Poem" -
"Hold Me Down" -
"Perseverance" -
"Affirmation" -
"C'mon" -