Has it really been nine years since Kenn Starr‘s last album? That’s an eternity in today’s climate; now, there’s far more music to wade through. Nonetheless, Starr Status still holds: With production from Maryland stalwarts Kev Brown and Oddisee, the 2006 offering held firm to the Low Budget crew’s foundation of soul-driven boom-bap and fluid rhymes.
For his new single, “The Definition,” Starr goes beyond the D.C. area, securing a beat from Detroit producer Black Milk and featuring singer Melanie Rutherford—a frequent Milk collaborator—on the chorus. Perhaps on purpose, the instrumental feels exultant; with sampled wails, it sounds like someone making a grand return after a lengthy hiatus. The song itself addresses romantic complexities in the Internet age: “I ain’t tryna be all salty and bitter, and take love to the Facebook wall and be all stalking the Twitter.”
“The Definition,” the second single from Starr’s forthcoming Square One LP, is a sharp turn from the album’s first single, “The Movement II,” which—like Starr’s previous work—was about lyrical dexterity over Low Budget’s self-described “P.G. County Sound.”
Square One is out Jan. 27 via Mello Music Group. Stream “The Definition” after the jump.