Princess Superstar

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Princess Superstar
Princess Superstar poses for the cameras at Perez Hilton's birthday party before performing in 2014.
Background information
Birth name Concetta Kirschner
Born (1971-02-25) February 25, 1971 (age 43)
Origin Spanish Harlem, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, electronica, dance, hip house
Occupation(s) Musician, DJ, songwriter, rapper
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1993–present
Labels Corrupt Conglomerate Records, Studio !K7, Dark Beloved Cloud Records, 5th Beetle
Associated acts Gamma Rays, Kool Keith, MC Paul Barman, Trussed Recordings, Baron Ricks, Grandmaster Flash
Website princesssuperstar.com

Concetta Kirschner, better known as Princess Superstar (born February 25, 1971) is an American rapper and DJ.

Her musical style, as she describes it, is "flip-flop"—a mixture of hip hop, electroclash and electronica.[1] In summer 2014 she debuted her reality television show "I Love Princess Superstar" on her YouTube channel.[2]

Background[edit]

Kirschner was born in Spanish Harlem, New York, New York[3] to a Jewish father with ancestry from Russia and Poland, and a Sicilian-American mother who converted to Judaism. Kirschner identifies herself as a spiritual Jew.[4] Her parents were psychologists. When Kirschner was a child, the family moved to rural Pennsylvania and then to the suburbs of Philadelphia.[5] She attended school at the Germantown Academy, a private high school, where she was a member of the Theatre Club and the Black Student Union. She moved to New York City at the age of 17 and went to NYU, where she got her BFA in drama. She is a vegan, active in the animal rights movement and a member of Mensa.[6]

Career[edit]

In New York City she took up the guitar,[4] and her interest in music surpassed her interest in acting. She joined the Gamma Rays, an all-girl power psychedelic band that recorded a 7" single called "Lovely" for TeenBeat Records. Their other recordings appeared on various compilations.[7] Around the same time, Kirschner was composing hip hop-styled songs on a 4-track recorder.

Princess Superstar[edit]

In 1994, Kirschner made a demo tape called, Mitch Better Get My Bunny, under the name "Princess Superstar". She sent the tape to the College Music Journal and to the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal Records.[5] While she got callbacks from CMJ and Grand Royal, she went on to sign with Dark Beloved Cloud Records, who released her song "I'm White" on their Sympathy for Count Pococurante compilation.

In 1995, she teamed up with three backing musicians and signed with 5th Beetle Records.[5] They recorded her debut album, Strictly Platinum, which gained her some notoriety as being one of very few white female rappers.

In 1997, Kirschner went on to launch her own record label, first calling it "A Big Rich Major Label", but then eventually settling on "Corrupt Conglomerate". She recruited a new crew of backing musicians and recorded CEO, a concept album about corporate culture.

Her next album, 2000's Last of the Great 20th Century Composers, was co-produced by Curtis Curtis and contains the song "Kool Keith's Ass", and a remix of "Do It Like a Robot" by Blues Explosion.

Kirschner went on to collaborate with Kool Keith on "Keith and Me" for the 2001 Princess Superstar Is LP released on Ruthless Records/Studio !K7. The album, co-produced Curtis Curtis, has guest appearances by Beth Orton and Bahamadia. The single "Bad Babysitter" was #11 on the UK charts.

For 2005's My Machine a futuristic hip-hopera concept double album,[8] she collaborated with various producers such as Arthur Baker, Jacques Lu Cont, Junior Sanchez, Armand Van Helden, Todd Terry, and DJ Mighty Mi. This went to #3 on the UK charts in 2007.

In 2008, Kirschner sang on the "Licky" single by long-time associate Larry Tee which was featured in Get Him to the Greek and other movies and TV shows.

In 2009, Kirschner was featured on Grandmaster Flash's record The Bridge, alongside Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes.

Kirschner produced New York rapper Kalae All Day's debut album, released March 17, 2010.

In 2011, Kirschner released "Xmas Swagger" produced by the Rural.

Princess Superstar released her sixth studio album The New Evolution in 2013. The album was funded by Superstar's fans, using Pledge Music.[9]

In 2014 Princess Superstar began her Hip Hop For Kids classes at Rough Trade in Brooklyn.[10] [11] She also released the "I'm A Firecracker" EP in July with label Instant Records. [12] [13] That summer she launched the "I Love Princess Superstar" reality show on her YouTube channel. [14]

DJ[edit]

Kirschner is also a DJ. She has released DJ recordings, such as Princess Is a DJ in 2002, Now Is the Winter of Our Discothèque in 2005, and American Gigolo III on International DeeJay Gigolo Records in 2007.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs/singles[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • 1996 "Smooth"
  • 2002 "Bad Babysitter"
  • 2002 "Keith n' Me"
  • 2003 "Jam for the Ladies"
  • 2005 "Perfect"
  • 2007 "Perfect (Exceeder)"
  • 2008 "Licky (Herve Radio edit)"
  • 2011 "Xmas Swagger"
  • 2014 "I'm A Firecracker"

DJ albums[edit]

  • 2002 Princess Is a DJ
  • 2005 Now Is The Winter Of Our Discothèque
  • 2005 Now Is The Winter Of Our Discothèque Pt. 2
  • 2007 American Gigolo III

Guest appearances[edit]

Song by Princess Superstar

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  • Interview on Channel V (Australia) with Yumi Stynes [2006]
  • MTV's "Made" - Made coach.

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