Starkey The Messenger – Seventh Step

Starkey The Messenger, alternative hip hop producer and artist based in Liverpool/Bristol, has released a new single “Seventh Step”.

Produced, performed mixed and mastered by Starkey, the track is a follow up to his recent debut single “Wildfire”. The record offers a sorrowful perspective on grief, death and the violence of the police state; it deals with issues of police racism and brutality from the lens of someone grappling with the possibility that they could be next.

As Starkey himself puts it, “‘As a young black male in this world, you’re constantly exposed to people that look like you dying or being killed. This can hugely shape the way you see life, but also the way you see death.”

Musically speaking, the track features a jazzy hip hop beat influenced by artists such as J Dilla and Madlib, and also features a sample from influencer Sideman’s eulogy to actor Chadwick Boseman. Starkey’s diverse approach to production, first noted on his ‘Variety Pack’ beat tapes on Soundcloud, are clear for all to hear on this record.

Having worked with a variety of young artists in Liverpool such as NAK, Thirteen and TFN, Starkey is definitely one to keep an ear out for in the coming months. With a focus on social and political issues, Starkey pushes a brand of alternative hip hop influenced by artists such as Kojey Radical, Jay Prince and Saba. However, he has ambitions to carve out his own space, aiming to release an EP later this year.

“Seventh Step” is out now – you can stream and cop it HERE.