Premiere: Download Blaqstarr's <em>Blaq-Files</em> EP, featuring hard-to-find Baltimore club classics

The resurgent Baltimore club legend dusts off some old favorites for Jeffree’s.

Back in 2007, Blaqstarr’s Supastarr EP was one of the first releases on the then-fledging Mad Decent label. Collaborations with Diplo and M.I.A. followed, as did the spaced-out Divine EP and an eponymous, genre-hopping mixtape, both of which dropped in 2011. A full-length album was promised, but never materialized.

Until late last year — when Blaqstarr re-emerged with a few one-off mixes and tracks — we weren’t sure if we’d hear anything new from the artist behind classics like ‘Shake It To The Ground’ and ‘Tote It’. Thankfully, with The Blaq-Files EP, Blaqstarr has come full circle: released by Mad Decent’s Jeffree’s imprint, the four-track offering looks back on the mid-2000s club hits that rocked parties in Baltimore (and beyond) and made Blaqstarr an underground favorite.

With The Blaq-Files EP, Blaqstarr wanted to commemorate his old music before moving on to something else; as he tells FACT in a forthcoming interview, these tracks are “still new to the whole world.” From the anthemic ‘Hands Up Thumbs Down’ to the synth-laced ‘Slide To The Left’, the newly mixed and mastered tracks have never sounded better. Download all four below, along with bonus cut ‘Gangsta’.



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