Released online July 2012
Running time: 73:58
Also featuring: VR, Joey Z, and Dr. 3AM.
His flow is more polished than ever, his choice of instrumentals is more varied, and his subject matter is all over the place. All in all, this is a very rounded album full of quality, poetic Hip Hop with a bit of dark humor throughout.
Rather than focusing on what makes himself tick, StarF is now loading his sharp wit and aiming his observations on society.
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01 - Stolen Beats
02 - Better than Ever
03 - Influential (feat. VR)
04 - We Don't Know What We're Doing
05 - I Bet Hipsters Will Really Dig This One
06 - Unreal Estate
07 - People Person
08 - Game Over
09 - Entitled (feat. Joey Z)
10 - Lyrical Spiritual Miracle
11 - Drifter
12 - Arsonist
13 - Homicide
14 - Stole Your Girl
15 - TMI Tuesday (feat. Dr. 3AM)
16 - Good Luck
17 - Yeah Yeah, Okay
18 - One for the Road
19 - Stalker
20 - Turn Me Off
ALBUM COMPOSITION AND TRIVIA
All tracks were written and recorded by StarF and mixed by Deafinition, with the exception of guest vocals on "Influental" by VR, "Entitled" by Joey Z, and "TMI Tuesday" by Dr. 3AM. All beats stolen from various sources (fully credited in the mp3 tags and liner notes). Creepy-ass overdubs on Stalker by MadHatter.
Welcome to the incredible endeavor that is "Idiot Zoo!" An album that I could technically claim I've been "Working on since 2007."
I haven't, actually, but I did first come up with the title in that year. I remember being intrigued by it and saying to myself, "Yes, this shall be my next release." Of course, I kept getting side-tracked by other projects and so I continued to push it back, and push it back, and push it back some more. Finally, after the release of "Empty Handed," I threw up my hands (ewww) and shouted, "NO MORE! IDIOT ZOO HAPPENS NOW!" At that point, I already had some scraps and pieces that I had been intending to put on the album. Interestingly enough, one of the first songs created for it in 2008 hasn't made the album due to not getting some files in time (don't worry, once I get them I'll be releasing it as a stand-alone track). Heh. I've created and scrapped and created this album over and over again, but I'm finally happy with the product I've ended up with.
So what is an "Idiot Zoo," anyway?
Well, according to the lovely people of Facebook, it's a Grammy-worthy album, the world as we know it, a place where I reside, some place in another galaxy, a school, a shopping mall, etc. etc. etc. I suppose in a way these are all correct answers, and as ambiguous as it is, the true meaning is... well... up for interpretation! I have my own ideas of what "Idiot Zoo" means. Sometimes I think it's the world, sometimes it's the internet, sometimes it's something really abstract within ourselves, blah blah blah. Let's not pretend I'm deeper than I really am. What I can say about it is that on this particular album, I wanted to focus more outwardly than inward. Now, there's still plenty of personal tracks on here, but I also attempted to do a handful about other things... other people... other concepts. "Empty Handed" was very personal, very StarF-centric as it were. And that's fine, but I can't keep making that type of album forever. So now I'm turning my focus towards you.
"Yeah yeah, okay, so why'd you steal all these beats, and from who?"
The album opens with a song entitled "Stolen Beats" about how I... well... steal my beats. And for the most part, this is true. A majority of these beats were picked up from the internet, and then rapped over by me. That's just how I do things, apparently. I think the next step in the process is to start getting original beats. There's something so appealing about being able to just go obtain a beat instantly and make a song, though. I get the feeling that even though my next official "big album" will be completely produced from scratch, I'll still have my side-projects full of stolen beats.
ALBUM THANKS FROM STARF
First and foremost, thanks to YOU for downloading and listening to this album, and I suppose if you're reading this, you're pretty commited to getting something extra out of this. So, you know... You're pretty cool. Obviously. Not as cool as me, but still pretty cool.
I want to thank Deafinition for mixing this for me on such short notice and doing an excellent job with such a time constraint! I want to thank VR, Dr. 3AM, and Joey Z for dropping super-hot verses all over the album. I want to thank Newgrounds for providing me with a place to steal beats from (shhhh, it's a secret). I want to thank MadHatter for bumping "Stalker" up to the creepiest it's ever been with his unnerving overdubs (even I'm creeped out by that song now). I want to thank the internet for providing me with, not only a platform to put music out there, but an endless source of distraction so it takes me up to four years to release albums like these (thanks, cat pictures). And... oh, hell. I'll thank you again for putting up with all these words. Hope you enjoy the album!
CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE
You have the right to distribute (for free) this entire release or its individual tracks online, on recordable media, and on portable devices. You can even remix the content on this album for your own projects as long as you're not selling it! To do so, you must properly credit the artists involved and link to the Scrub Club Records website. For commercial purposes, please contact us.