- All Star Cashville Prince
Infobox musical artist
Name = Allstar Cashville Prince
Background = solo_singer
Img_capt = All Star Cashville's Prince
Birth_name = Jermaine Eric Shute
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Genre = Hip hop,
Occupation = Rapper
Years_active = 2003–present
Cash Money Records
URL = http://www.grindhardonline.com
Yo Gotti, Birdman, Young Buck
All Star Cashville Prince (born Jermaine Eric Shute on
December 15, 1984in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American rapperbest known for the song, "Grey Goose" [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/04/arts/music/04star.html?ref=music Waiting (and Waiting) for a Big Rap Moment] , New York Times] .
He calls himself All $tar, and he has what most rappers dream of: a devoted fan base, a strong regional reputation and a big-time record deal. His major-label debut, “Street Ball” (] Cash Money] /Universal), is one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated Southern hip-hop albums.
The Nashville rapper All $tar, whose latest release, “$tarlito’s Way II,” sounds more like a concept album than a mixtape. But all that was equally true last year. And in 2006. And in 2005 too. All $tar, who just turned 23, has been Nashville’s next big hip-hop thing for so long that the title has stopped seeming like a compliment. These days if you ask him about “Street Ball,” he can still muster some bravado.
“I plan on my debut album being a smash,” he said. But a few seconds later he acknowledged the obvious: “All of that is wishful thinking.”
Nashville isn’t known as a hip-hop hotbed, and the city’s country-music economy doesn’t much help. (The country festival formerly known as Fan Fair? “The only thing that meant in my neighborhood was extra traffic,” he said.)
Young Buck, Nashville’s best-known rapper, found success by joining 50 Cent’s G Unit, All $tar built his career by forging out-of-town connections. He joined forces with the Memphisrapper Yo Gotti, who in turn got him a deal with the New Orleanslabel Cash Money(now based in Miami), which has a distribution and marketing deal with the Universal Motown Records Group.
A lot of the excitement surrounding All $tar can be traced to “Grey Goose,” a thunderous 2005 single based on a rowdy chant: “I’m on that Grey Goose (Ay!)/Do I know you? (No!)” The song became All $tar’s calling card, and in his brash verses, you can hear the excitement of a rookie rapper glimpsing success: “They call me Cashville’s prince, Cash Money’s newest young’un/Wipe my sweat off with a 20, blow my nose with a hundred.” On a remix, Cash Money’s flagship rapper, Lil Wayne, saluted the upstart: “Give him a check and a gun, Baby, welcome to the label.”
But then came nothing. Since the conventional wisdom is that hip-hop albums need to start strong, it’s not uncommon for rappers to wait months or years while labels try to figure out the right single, the right track selection, the right marketing plan. And as rappers from
Beanie Sigelto Clipse to All $tar’s friend Yo Gottihave discovered, great mixtapes don’t always translate into hit albums.
So “Street Ball” still doesn’t have a release date. And years later “Grey Goose” remains All $tar’s biggest hit, although he now sees it as a mixed blessing. “I was having a hard time, for a second, being so closely associated with alcohol,” he said. Now he seems to be having second thoughts about lots of things.
"Starlito's Way I & II"
While waiting for his moment, All $tar has gone back underground, performing at
nightclubs and releasing a series of mixtapes designed to keep the anticipation high and the bills paid. He is a lovable rapper, equipped with a witty, conversational flow. But his latest release, “$tarlito’s Way II” (Grind Hard/Loyalty), is something else altogether: an astonishing double CD that sounds less like a stop-gap compilation and more like a concept album.
He spends the first disc building himself up. (You may be pleased to hear that he is “focused on the cake like a chef at a wedding.”) And he spends the second disc picking himself apart, debating himself, wondering if he should quit. (One song offers a half-serious diagnosis; it’s called “Rap Music Ruined My Life.”) These tracks — nearly three dozen of them — follow a familiar but effective arc. With his first breath he recalls his first breath: “Dec. 15, ’84, a star was born.” And near the end, he enumerates his last wishes: “Give my guns to the goons, give my game to the lame/Let my music spread like legs till they remember my name.” Certainly these CDs should make him much harder to forget.
On Friday night All $tar could be found in the lobby of a Nashville hotel, tall but inconspicuous despite the glittering Cash Money pendant around his neck. He gamely answered questions about his bittersweet career, growing more voluble as he got deeper into the details. For starters there’s the unusual deadline “$tarlito’s Way II” had to meet. “My ultimate goal was to get these CDs out by my birthday,” he said. “As a birthday present to myself.”
In “Life Story,” the riveting six-minute track that begins Disc 1, he describes his surroundings: “Mama was doing hair, Daddy was smoking rocks.” All $tar’s teenage years, abridged: drug-dealing, basketball, college (
Tennessee State University), hip-hop.
It was 2006 when he released “$tarlito’s Way: I Am Not Your Friend,” a sharp mixtape that showed off his clever approach to talking tough. (A threat to shoot someone in the head becomes an architectural renovation project: “We make stadiums out of domes.”) His playful delivery made him sound more lighthearted than he felt: his best friend had recently been murdered. Those violent , seemingly exuberant tracks reflected a grim time.
By contrast “$tarlito’s Way II,” which was recorded in less tumultuous circumstances, sounds much darker. There are plenty of whimsical punch lines (“If you the Feds, man, I might as well be dead, man/Rubber bands don’t work for me — I wrap my dough in headbands”), and plenty of squelchy, slow-rolling electronic beats from the Nashville producers Fate Eastwood and Coop. But All $tar often seems puzzled by his own life: “Guess I saw too much and I knew even more/When Jordans mean that you’re rich, it means you’re used to being poor.”
He spends most of the second disc trying to figure out what went wrong. He asks himself why he ever signed that Cash Money contract, concluding, “I wanted the fame, plus I wanted the chain/Plus I wanted that check — you woulda done the same.” And during a bonus track, his misgivings find expression in a pithy quatrain:
Perfect vision — not hardly, can’t see right from wrongI only see the light when I write my songsBut I only see the money when I write what’s wrongSo you only see me shine when the light’s not on.
Somehow this sounds even better coming from the same guy responsible for a (great) track called “Gangsta-est Swag of the Year.” On these two CDs bluster and self-consciousness fight to a draw.
Perhaps the most painful admission on “$tarlito’s Way II” is this one: “They ask me when my album dropping — I don’t have a clue.” And it’s hard to say whether this renegade project will help him or hurt him, especially since the hip-hop industry is collapsing. He says he doesn’t know, either. But at least now he knows what to say to fans and friends who ask when his album is coming out. “My honest response is, go to grindhardonline.com and get this one.”
*2009: Street Ball [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/04/arts/music/04star.html?ref=music Waiting (and Waiting) for a Big Rap Moment] ,
New York Times]
*2008: Starbucks: Shop Never Closes [ [http://youtube.com/watch?v=wvJEVpZART4 Starbucks: Shop Never Closes] ,
Youtube] w/ Young Buck
Mixtapes [ [http://www.grindhardonline.com Grinnd Hard Online] ]
*2003: Who The Hell Is The Allstar?
*2003: It's All About Business
*2004: Hatin' Ain't Healthy
*2005: Got Mine, Get Yours
*2006: Grind Hard Vol. 1: What The F*** You Mean
Prince of the Ville
*2007: Grind Hard Vol. 2: Right Back At It
*2007: The Tenn-A-Keyan w/
*2007: Starlito's Way 2: Dec. 15th A Star Was Born & Internal Affairs
*2008: $.Lito Files: The Lost Sessions
*2008: Starbucks: Based on a True Story w/
*2008: The Tenn-A-Keyan 2
*2008: From Ca$hville To Memphis w/
*2008: Cashville Star: Best Off Television
*2008: Starlito's Day: The Documentary
*2006: "Grey Goose" Ft.
Yo Gottiand Lil Wayne
*2006: "Tear It Up" Ft.
Young Buckand Yo Gotti
*2007: "Grind Hard for the Money" Ft.
Young Buckand Yo Gotti
*2008: "Crazy" Ft.
*2008: "Money Rite" w/
Young BuckFt. Sosa Tha Plug
*2006: "Spend It Cuz U Got It" (
Yo Gottifeat. All Star Cashville Prince)
*2006: "No More" (Birdman &
Lil Waynefeat. All Star Cashville Prince)
*2007: "We Gangsta" (Birdman feat. All Star Cashville Prince &
*2008: "Where The Hoe's At" (
Young Buckfeat. All Star Cashville Prince & Sosa Tha Plug)
* [http://www.grindhardonline.com Grind Hard Online]
* [http://www.youtube.com/grindhardtv Grind Hard TV @ YouTube]
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