Justin Starling
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Justin Starling

Long Island City, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2019

Long Island City, NY
Established on Jan, 2019
Band Hip Hop R&B




"#OnTheRise: JUS"

“They say I sound like JCole, sound like Drake, sound like Jay-Z. If that’s how I sound, then that’s how they should pay me.”

My next guest, rapper JUS, is definitely #OnTheRise, and is already drawing comparisons to the best to ever do it. Here’s some info about the next big thing coming out of Long Island:

His family inspired him to start making music

JUS’s father put him on to rap icons and great music like Jay-Z and his iconic “The Black Album”. His brother bought him his first keyboard, and from there his love of music really took off. He started rapping at the age of 14 over beats he made himself and then eventually began working with other producers over time.

JUS is a Stony Brook University alum

JUS wanted to pursue music full-time after high school, but his mother insisted that he get his bachelor’s first. Education has always come first in his household, and he credits his education with expanding his vocabulary and musical prowess. To his immense credit, he managed a Business major and a Music Tech minor with all his musical endeavors.

He is hungry for people to listen to his music

My first interaction with JUS was when he opened for Future and CashCash at Brookfest, Stony Brook’s annual spring concert. There was a line of hundreds of students standing in line trying to get into the arena for the concert, and JUS went to every single one. He introduced himself and gave out his business card; along with his stellar performance later that night, he certainly gained many fans due to his hard work and dedication.

JUS has performed for some of the biggest names in the business

JUS’ list of big time performances is much more than Future (as impressive as that is).His rapping prowess has attracted the attention of NBA superstar Damian Lillard, who has highlighted JUS’ freestyles on his #4BarFriday platform on Instagram.

Hip-hop mogul Sway Calloway has had JUS on his show, Sway in the Morning, multiple times (check out this link). It’s hard to overstate Sway’s impact on the hip-hop community, and that JUS has appeared on his show, one that has played host to the likes of Kanye West, is no small feat.

He has a hit record with industry giants Mally Mall, Tory Lanez and Jeremih

JUS was connected to producer Mally Mall through an acquaintance of the producer who found JUS’ music featured on rap Instagram account “StraightBars”. He flew out to Las Vegas to meet and record music with Mally Mall - recording his verse in the same studio that Drake and Lil Wayne recorded their hit song “The Motto” a few years prior. He even ran into Post Malone, who was leaving the studio when JUS was coming in.

While Mally told JUS he loved his verse, JUS had no idea who else would be featured on the track. Eventually, the producer sent JUS the complete track, “Pay Up” with industry titans Tory Lanez and Jeremih. As far as pleasant surprises go, this is as good as it gets.

Don’t get it confused - he’s had to pay his dues

For every big-time gig, JUS has gone through countless sets where there would be less than 10 people in the crowd. “If anything, that inspires me to go even harder”, the Long Island native tells me. He loves the thrill of fighting to earn the audience’s attention. In fact, he came to SXSW last year with no gigs lined up and through sheer hustle alone secured an opening gig for UglyGod.

Certainly, his successes haven’t happened overnight: JUS is pushing on ten years in the rap game. He has never been deterred by the “lack” of immediate short-term success, and vows to keep grinding until he finally makes it big.

He has GR8 plans for the future

JUS has a lot of new music on the way. Over the next year, his fans will be blessed with multiple singles and at least one full length LP. Be ready for JUS to collaborate with more big names. He’s planning a college tour soon, so hit him up if you want him to come to your school!

JUS is definitely an artist #OnTheRise ! - Huff Post

"Sway In The Morning"

Get. In. The. Game. You already know any artist carrying around the attention of a “Get In The Game” spotlight artist has to be well prepared with the bars. What better time to bring Jus to SITM than for a run at the Friday Fire Cypher. During the visit, he gave fans a taste of what got our attention with “Know Bout Me” live on air. The Long Island product looks to give his region some new revitalized energy musically, check it out below and get to know Jus. - Sway's Universe

"Guys Waiting In Traffic Make Fire Song To Pass Time"

These guys make a song whilst stuck in traffic and it's a banger - Unilad Sound


20gr8teen - October 2018



In 2009 Justin Starling began taking his own music seriously using a desktop computer in his living room. He has performed on the same stage as various artists including Lil Yachty, Fabolous, Meek Mill, French Montana, B.o.B, Diplo, PnB Rock and Childish Gambino.
Justin was interviewed on Sway in the Morning. He was featured on a record with Tory Lanez, Jeremih, and Mally Mall.

In January 2015, Justin began an Instagram page handled “@JUSTUSraps” where he posts daily 15-second freestyles and remixes to popular songs. His consistency in delivering insightful, meaningful, and lyrical lines is noticed and appreciated by the cult-like following he has been developing in the short span of a year by attaching the motto "gr8," which represents great music, a great life, and great things. As Justin and his fans say, ”Gr8 the season, no we never leaving".
Through his posts on Instagram, he gained the attention of NBA player Damian Lillard, who has shared some of Starling's videos on his page.

Since then he has been performing across the country at colleges and in states such as Ole Miss University, Austin, TX, and San Jose, CA. In April 2018 Starling performed at The Paramount in his hometown of Long Island, NY. His single Benz was released this year along the video which premiered on Rap Nation.

In October 2018 he released his debut EP 20Gr8teen. Urban Flaiire had this to say "Justin Starling is the epitome of hustle on his new LP ’20Gr8teen’. While up-and-comers dream of a hit song catapulting them to foreign cars and sold-out arenas, Starling pulls back the curtain on the realities of the rap game, where doubt, failure, and fear of rejection hover over you like a storm cloud."

Justin is releasing a new song every week of 2019. #GR8SEASON

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