Our Lookin’ Back section may be a bit sparse, with posts few and far between, but that does’t mean it’s still interesting to take a look at years past and the artists that filled the airwaves once upon a time.
Smilez & Southstar may be one of those Hip-Hop acts that would make you say “Oh yea, name sounds familiar, who was that again”? And I can’t blame you. They had one major label album, Crash the Party, and despite a trio of singles, only one of them really gained any traction – “Tell Me”. This may have been nearly a decade ago, but the song holds up OK for a light, radio-friendly track. I recall seeing the music video come on while I was at my college gym and wondering “wait, is that one dude Asian”? Turns out he is, but I have no idea what Southstar is up to now.
The two artists may be well out of the limelight now, but let’s not forget that Southstar is an Asian-American that dropped a Hip-Hop single on a major label; before even the far more famous Jin.