Being vulnerable in your music can be a winning formula, and Mooski, the Alabama native from the small town of Opp, found a way to make it work for him with his hit song “Track Star.”
The track, which is now approaching 34 million streams between Spotify and YouTube after its release in February 2020, is a melodic ode centered on a woman who abandoned a troubled relationship despite her man’s attempts to fix it. “She’s a runner, she’s a track star / She’ll run away when it gets tough / She can’t take the pain, she can’t get scars / She hurts anyone involved,” he said on the movie Woodpecker. Track. Marking the line between rap and vocals, “Track Star” took off on the previously mentioned platforms last year, then exploded on TikTok this year, where there are currently over 784,000 videos made with the song.
Mooski’s route to “Track Star” is unique. Not one to take a traditional path to music, Mooski started out as a gospel rapper at the age of 13. At the age of 15, after listening to rappers like Lil Wayne and Drake, he turned to more traditional rap. Three years later, at age 18, he joined the Marine Corps straight out of high school in 2015. While there, he continued to hone his hip-hop skills and left the Corps in 2019, totaling four years of service.
He fully engaged in music in early 2020 and premiered “Track Star” in February that year, which allowed him to demonstrate the song’s growing success. Almost exactly a year later, Mooski signed to Capitol Records, as “Track Star” continued to rise. The video for her big single is out today, featuring Coi Leray acting as his principal lady, which has its own hit this year with “No More Parties”.
It’s all looking for the young artist from Alabama, which makes him a perfect candidate for XXLof The break this week.
Hometown: Opp, Ala.
My style has been compared to: “PnB Rock, that’s really it. I really listen to him. I was influenced by him. At least they’re hitting on an artist that I really listen to, not random nobody.”
I will explode because: “I just want to keep spreading my music, keep my music as a ventilation tool, and give people real music that they can just relate to. As long as I stick to that formula, we can’t go wrong. Just keep getting closer to the audience and make them feel what we’re saying. “
What’s your sleepiest song and why ?: “Game of Love” really slept. I just know it, now he’s starting to catch up. They stayed on “Track Star” at this time. But I know “Game of Love” is still coming out. with timing. I was doing a lot of different things on this song. “
My records to date have been: “[‘Track Star’ took off] because it’s true. It’s real, everyone has something. Either each shorty was a “Track Star” or everyone had a “Track Star”. Anyone can identify with it. All the guys, they listen to him like, ‘OK, he’s talking about something real.’ And all the little ones listening to him like, ‘OK, he’s talking to me.’ It’s just a real song. “
My highlights so far have been: “I have to meet Rick Ross. It was dope, crazy with motivation. I played her daughter’s birthday party. We were able to cut it with bruh and it gave me a lot of motivation. Just automatically, I had this rip-off motivation just by being there. I see everything he did, then I saw him in person and he put us on the line. “
Most people don’t know: “I’m a big football fan. I’ve always loved football. I used to play football outside with bare feet. Tackle, we played that every day. [My favorite team] is Alabama [Crimson Tide], Roll Tide! No ifs, ands, or buts! “
I’ll be next: “Big thing!”
Mooski, UnderGod Gwalla and “Peak’N” by StunnaC4
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