If you’re not familiar with Locksmith, take some time to dig through his catalogue and put yourself on to one of the most adept lyricists out today. If you are familiar with Locksmith and you don’t recognize how wildly skilled this man is, then take a look in the mirror and spend some time reevaluating your life. There should be little to no question that the Richmond, CA-raised emcee is fully capable of going bar-for-bar with your favorite rapper. And your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper.
Continuing to bless cuts from his latest album, Ali, with slick visual treatments, Lock returns today with the official video for his Murs-assisted “Stars.” If these two on wax wasn’t enough, “Stars” features enchantingly smooth production from CT’s Apathy, who laces the Ali record with a soulful Dionne Warwick sample. The mystical production serves the track well, providing both artists with the perfect foundation upon which to lay their reflective and self-empowering verses.
Over the course of “Stars,” we’re reminded of the power that comes from believing in oneself – if you have a vision, stay dedicated to it and put the passion before the quick bag. By taking and staying in control of your story, you have the ability to pave out whatever path you desire – so long as you’re willing to make the sacrifices, pick yourself up when you fall and put the necessary work in. Locksmith and Murs meditate on their own experiences, using the firsthand accounts to pass along lessons and commentary on how keeping it all the way real will serve your higher purpose.
There’s a reason, despite no mainstream hype or helping hand, Lock has been able to eat off his passion. With well over a decade in the bag, Locksmith has always kept his prose completely authentic. As a result, his words and his music resonate and connect with his ever-growing audience. This raw authenticity, coupled with his near unmatched skill, leaves little doubt that Locksmith’s self-sustaining success is written in the stars.
The Jesse Ray Diamond-directed “Stars” visual is kept lowkey, filmed in what appears to be an empty warehouse save for a bunch of pallets. Thanks to the sharp videography and the lack of any flashy bells or whistles, Locksmith and Murs are able to situate themselves prominently in the foreground of the viewer’s attention, their fiery verses keeping all those who press play completely hooked on each word.
Locksmith will be joining Murs on his Over The Odyssey Tour, which kicks off in April. For show and ticket information, hit up Murs’ official website. And, of course, Ali is available now on all major streaming platforms.
Watch “Stars” below.