2010 saw me riding with everything Starlito did. This year his out put has remained just as steady, but I’ve been less inclined to ride for much of it. The mixtapes have lacked the cohesion found on Renaissance Gangster, and he has treaded a fine line with his lyrics often sinking into simplistic rhymes about the criminal lifestyle.
Regardless of the shortcomings I’m finding in his music I’m not giving up on Lito, his flow is still one of the best and as the above video for “Video Game Flow” demonstrates, he still has that inventive side in him when he wants to. Listening to him ride the classic Pete Rock beat here I’m reminded of exactly what it was that caught my ear listening to dude spit the first time: he makes it sound effortless. Add to that the GZA like story telling incorporating video game references throughout and you too will be intrigued.
Thanksgiving was a productive day for Starlito. “Felt Like Giving Up” is two of three videos he delivered to the internets on the day of thankful feats. This one finds him gracing a hard southern style beat, full of Lex Luger like synths, rumbling 808s, quick strike drum rolls and an overall ominous feel perfect for Lito to get emotional and express the struggles he and his friends deal with on the daily. It’s an honest track, hearing him on the hook reminds me of when Game got on that track damn near crying in the booth, their is a weight in his flow that feels like Lito was only moments away from breaking down as he spit these bars.
Completing the Turkey day trifecta the emcee formerly known as All Star shot some black and white visuals on the homies stoop while dropping his verse to the Coop produced and Young Buck featuring “People in the Streets” jam. The soulful beat is great for Lito, I personally think he is much more fitted for jams of this nature. Sounding energetic and on top of the world, he attacks the track and reflects on his role model status.
The beat fades out right as Buck’s verse begins, and then we are looking at Buck in a Starbucks apron discussing his verse. He also takes time out to shout out Starbucks Vol. 2, which I hope is what the apron is suppose to be representing – and not his current form of income.
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