Trackstar the DJ presents RAPFAN — Bio
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Best known for his prolific mixtape work and as the tour DJ for Killer Mike and Run the Jewels, Trackstar the DJ has been working to curate and progress hip hop culture while entertaining audiences from behind the turntables since his start on college radio in St Louis in 1999.


Playing a key role with elite tastemaking team The Smoking Section since 2008, Trackstar built an online presence and reach over the past decade. His desire to do more resulted in becoming a DJ for Killer Mike first as a solo act, and now for the supergroup Run the Jewels as the unofficial third member. Trackstar has played hundreds of venues and dozens festivals all over the world, including Madison Square Garden, Coachella, and Glastonbury. He and RTJ (which has never performed with another DJ) have also appeared on Late Night with David Letterman (twice), Conan O'Brien, the NME Awards, the BBC, and Boiler Room. This of course is all in addition to numerous of solo performances over the past fifteen years, opening for major artist, rocking clubs, MC & B-Boy battles, and house parties, from Los Angeles to Amsterdam and back.


In addition to Trackstar’s multi year stint on college radio run for influential KWUR in St Louis, he has held down broadcast shows on Sirius/Xm (Afromentals alongside DJ Jamad) and currently mixes & produces WRTJ, Run the Jewels' hit show on Beats1 radio/Apple Music.


Beyond live performances and the airwaves, however, lies Trackstar's true passion, mixtapes--he has released over 150 mixes, including collaborations with Royce da 5’9, Big Boi, Killer Mike, El-P, Lupe Fiasco, Hot97’s Peter Rosenberg, Pete Rock and Camp Lo, among others. Through these projects he is able to preserve his vision of and for hip hop culture. Trackstar has sold well over 75,000 copies and produced hundred of thousands of streams/downloads. .


His RAP FAN brand is born of his truest identity--the kid from the midwest who collected and studied hip hop albums like his life depended on it. He considers it a true honor to have shared the stage with artists he admires and was influenced by, having performed with Run the Jewels, Big Boi, Nas, Zack De La Rocha, The GZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, DJ Q-Bert, Z-Trip and more.  His focus and professionalism, as well as a deep respect and love for hip hop culture are self-evident throughout his career-–past his performance exploits, he has given workshops on DJing and hip hop history to hundreds of youth in classroom and detention centers.