Starr Status

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Starr Status
Studio album by Kenn Starr
Released August 29, 2006
Recorded 2004 – 2006
Reagle Beagle Studios
Olney, Maryland
Kev's Room
Landover, Maryland
Genre Hip Hop
Length 61:31
Label Halftooth Records
Producer Oddisee, Illmind, Kev Brown, M-Phazes, DJ Roddy Rod, Khrysis, Young Cee
Kenn Starr chronology
The Starr Report
(2006)
Starr Status
(2006)
Square One
(2015)

Starr Status is the debut album by rapper Kenn Starr, released August 29, 2006 on Halftooth Records. The album features production from Starr's fellow Low Budget Crew members Kev Brown and Oddisee, as well as Illmind, Khrysis and DJ Roddy Rod. Album guests include Talib Kweli, Asheru, Supastition, Median and Darien Brockington. The album features the single "Against the Grain" b/w "Waitin' on You"/"Back at it Again", and the bonus track "If", Starr's 2004 debut single.

Reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllHipHop.com 3.5/5 stars link
RapReviews.com 6.5/10 stars link
Okayplayer 3/5 stars link
IGN 7.5/10 stars link
JIVE Magazine 4.5/5 stars link
HipHopRNBSoul.com 3.5/5 stars link

Starr Status was met with mixed reviews from critics. JIVE Magazine praised the album, granting a 412 Star rating, stating "there shouldn’t be any argument over Kenn Starr’s status as one of thee best MCs in the game." [1] AllHipHop.com writer Andrew Kameka commented "Starr Status remains strong thanks to his wit and exceptional delivery. His natural, almost effortless ability to wrap words around any beat placed before him makes this a memorable collection." [2]

RapReviews.com writer Andrew Matson gave the album a humble rating, saying "he needs to hold himself to a much higher standard if he wants to make good on his potential to be a clever, emotional, mature emcee with technical skills"..."Starr Status is, to me, a frustrating listen because of what it could have been." [3] Okayplayer.com writer Adam Roussell gave the album a moderate 3 Star rating, and criticized Starr Status for a lack of introspection, stating "Anyone who listens to Starr Status is likely to be entertained, but they are unlikely to be endeared to the artist. And that’s vital in this era where a star’s status is often gauged by the number of people who are compelled by the artist’s story." [4]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Writer (s)
1 "Starr Status (Intro)" Oddisee K. Jones, A. Muhammad
2 "Against the Grain" Illmind K. Jones, R. Ibanga, Jr.
3 "Relentless" (featuring Kev Brown) Kev Brown K. Jones, K. Brown
4 "The Same, Pt. 2" Oddisee K. Jones, A. Muhammad
5 "Mr. Nice Guy" (featuring Wayna) Oddisee K. Jones, A. Muhammad, W. Wondwossen
6 "Middle Fingaz" M-Phazes K. Jones, M. Landon
7 "U Will" DJ Roddy Rod K. Jones, R. Bridges
8 "Never Too Late" (featuring Sean Born) Kev Brown K. Jones, K. Brown
9 "Carry On" (featuring Supastition & Darien Brockington) Oddisee K. Jones, A. Muhammad, K. Moye, D. Brockington
10 "Waitin' on You" Khrysis K. Jones, C. Tyson
11 "Inside" (featuring Wayna) Illmind K. Jones, R. Ibanga, Jr., W. Wondwossen
12 "Back at it Again" (featuring Median & M-Phazes) M-Phazes K. Jones, J. Livingston, M. Landon
13 "Nothing But Time" (featuring Oddissee) Young Cee K. Jones, R. Thompson, A. Muhammad
14 "Another Day" (featuring Sean Born & Chronkite) Kev Brown K. Jones, K. Brown, S. Floyd
15 "Know Too Much (To Go Back)" Oddisee K. Jones, A. Muhammad
16 "If" (featuring Talib Kweli & Asheru) Oddisee K. Jones, G. Benn, T.K. Greene, A. Muhammad

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"If"
  • Released: 2004
  • B-Side: "Walk the Walk" (non-album track)
"Against the Grain"
  • Released: July 18, 2006
  • B-Side: "Waitin' on You", "Back at it Again"

Personnel[edit]

  • Recording engineer: Oddisee, Kev Brown
  • Mixing: Illmind, Oddisee, Kev Brown, DJ Roddy Rod, M-Phazes, Dave "Superstar" Dar
  • Mastering: Tom Brick
  • Executive producer: David Schrager, Kenn Starr
  • Photography: Jati Lindsay
  • Art direction & design: Heinz