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You will never catch BLACASTAN rocking a mullet or a neon cardigan. Blacastan will never duet with a boy band or auto-tune his lyrics. His sound is not only the past, but a glimpse of an unpaved lane on the highway to hip hop’s holy land, the physical embodiment of this rap shit the way it was meant to be heard. The second coming of the shit you used to watch @ 4:30 PM on BET in 1994. Classic material.

Hailing from Hartford, CT - Ira Osu aka Blacastan was raised in an environment of thieves, addicts, crooks, and liars. Brought from the essence by a mother who herself had every intention of raising Ira as a model citizen soon found herself a victim to the struggle and drug fueled environment that was Hartford in the 80s. Blacastan was also born of an affair. Both Blacastan and his step father thought they were related biologically until Blacastan was approximately 6 years old. According to Blacastan, “My step pop was a good guy. Even after findin’ out that I wasn’t his kid he still showed me the same love as he showed my brother who was actually his real son”. But like any relationship built on lies, eventually the situation got really sour between Blacastan’s mother and his step father. Blac explains, “Nah mean, who blames the guy? Thats alot for somebody to swallow.


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