Mixtape Of The Week: Anjuli Stars - Starvation Volume One
The first time many heard of Anjuli Stars was back in 2006 on Pitbull's El Mariel album on an acoustic guitar laced track called "Raindrops," when she introduced the world to her sweet lyrics and soulful voice. Since those days, Anjuli has predominantly balanced her talents between singing and rapping as a Miami version of Lauryn Hill, if you will.
While she still has much to prove to be on Lauryn's level, the foundation is definitely there. Anjuli is the perfect combination of R&B and hip-hop. And judging by the style of her raps, she's definitely inspired by the golden age of New York hip-hop from the 90's. Yet, she's still more Miami than you can imagine. Just look at the "305" tattoo on her left hand.
Starvation Volume One is a reggae-tinged mixtape that gives you a great glance at the talent that Ms. Anjuli is ready to unleash on the world. It's minimal at 10 tracks, but very powerful when considering Anjuli is mostly at the forefront when it comes to vocal arrangement and production for her music. She also plays quite a few instruments.
The highlight of the tape is definitely "Fish In The Water," which we featured a couple of weeks ago. The storyline, harmonies, and the fact that its arranged and produced by Anjuli is the icing on the cake. Other highlights include "Paper," "Wandering Eyes," and even the little harmony in the intro to the mixtape is appropriate. All in all, a 10 song body of work by Anjuli. And judging by her willingness to experiment musically, Volume Two is definitely poised to be so much more incredible. We can't wait.
Download: Anjuli Stars - Stavation Volume One