Reks: Strolling Through A Damaged Past In "Like a Star," rapper Reks wonders if he's made the right career choice, only to prove he has.

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Reks: Strolling Through A Damaged Past

Like a Star

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In "Like a Star," rapper Reks wonders if he's made the right career choice, only to prove he's done just that.

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Thursday's Pick

Song: "Like a Star"

Artist: Reks

CD: Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme

Genre: Hip-Hop

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Language Advisory: This song contains lyrics that some listeners may find offensive.

The third album from rapper Reks, Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme is built loosely around two themes. Its first half goes full-throttle, taking clever shots at modern-day hip-hop: A bell tolls for the genre's golden age in the opening "25th hour," while murder raps are satirized in "Kill Em." Some of the lyrics even tease red-carpet-walkers like Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, questioning the public's obsession with celebrities.

On the album's second half, though, Reks points the microscope at himself, as he strolls through a grim and damaged past. The untimely death of his father and his mother's struggle with lupus represent just two chapters in the story he tells. "Like a Star" serves as the album's epilogue, as Reks wonders if rap was the right career choice for him — after all, he's got kids to feed. But he's come this far, with songs this powerful, so why stop now?

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Album
Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme
Artist
Reks
Label
Showoff Records
Released
2011

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