Rhyme Report

Published on October 18th, 2021 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Star2 feat. Luh Kel “I Wanna Get F’D Up”

Don’t tell the roughnecks, but it’s true: hip-hop was built for romantic tale-spinners. From Slick Rick to Jay-Z to Kanye and Tyler, the Creator, rappers and singers who can articulate relationship drama have found the open-ended quality of a hip-hop verse to be ideal for their storytelling. A good, detailed story about a relationship gone wrong is always compelling — but add rhymes from a deft vocalist, and it becomes positively spellbinding. Star 2 is an artist like that. He specializes in rich, emotionally resonant narratives, and even if there’s an embarrassing personal detail to relate, he’ll never shy away from telling the story exactly as it happened. He’s not afraid to let his audience know what he’s going through, right down to his examinations of the smallest and finest cracks in his broken heart.

For instance, on “I Wanna Get F’d Up,” his gorgeous latest single, he lays out the dynamics of a relationship in crisis: she’s cheated, he’s been on the road, they’re at odds, they’re probably not going to work things out, and the narrator is likely to drown himself in a puddle of booze. Nobody is totally in the wrong, and nobody is unimpeachable, and no superhero is coming to save the day — and a lovelorn Star 2 sings like he knows it. Candor like that is bound to endear a talented vocalist to his audience, and this Thai-born, San Diego-based artist has been accumulating dedicated fans at a remarkable rate. “I Wanna Get F’d Up” builds on the success of “Missin U” and “WTF Is Love,” two prior 2021 singles that sustained and extended the kind of ruminative late-night vibe that all estranged lovers will immediately recognize. The protagonist of these tales is shattered and confused, but somehow, his faith in romance remains intact.

And as a special treat, he’s brought a famous friend to the party. St. Louis, MO rapper Luh Kel, who topped the “Bubbling Under” chart in 2019 with the platinum-certified “Wrong,” is a persuasive romantic storyteller himself — albeit one who leads with his swagger rather than his sensitivity. They address the camera together in the dreamlike clip for “I Wanna Get F’d Up”: Luh Kel displaying his usual self-confidence and insouciance, and Star2 sunk deep in his feelings, desperately trying to get through to his girlfriend. After a terrible fight that leaves Star 2 devastated, we’re taken inside his consciousness, where, in a surreal, beautifully rendered scene that literalizes his feelings of loss, he plunges backward off of a cliff and sinks into the ocean.


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