Starrah Launches ‘302 Music Group’ Publishing Business With Pulse – Billboard

Winner of a 2021 Grammy Award for Best Rap Song with Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage Remix” featuring Beyoncé, star has steadily cultivated a catalog filled with hits with writer/co-writer credits that include Camila Cabello’s “Havana”, Rihanna’s “Needed Me”, Drake’s “Fake Love” and, most recently, as a writer /producer on Normani’s “Wild Side” featuring Cardi B. Starrah also became the first woman in 16 years to receive ASCAP’s 2018 Pop Songwriter of the Year award.

Now Starrah is making major moves on another front. Today, on International Women’s Day (March 8), the multifaceted designer announces a partnership with Pulse Music Group through which she is creating her own publishing company called 3:02 Music Group. The Los Angeles-based company will operate out of a dedicated three-room studio, a crew, and a budget for CEO Starrah to sign and grow her own roster of artists, songwriters, and producers. Starrah Manager Nick Jarjour is his co-founder in the company. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Announcing the partnership with Starrah, Pulse co-founder/co-CEO Scott Cutler recount Billboard it aligns with the company’s longstanding commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive sanctuary for music creators.

“When me and [co-founder/co-CEO and fellow songwriter/producer] Josh Abraham started Pulse, it was always about breaking boundaries,” says Cutler. “Starrah never wanted to be identified as just a woman, as just black, or as just LGBTQ+. She wants to break down barriers for anyone who feels marginalized. And part of her vision is to build a business where she can be the CEO who brings in the next generation of talent with the same quality and control that she uses in her daily creative process. I felt like it was time to pass the baton.”

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I started,” Starrah adds. “And Pulse, which has been like family to me, understood my vision from the start. Going back to my MySpace days, I’ve always had a collective of friends that I love making music with. Now , I want to create opportunities for them to show off their talents in the same way that I have been able to; to provide a space where friends, family and other creatives can come together and create authentic music that is theirs. loyal without feeling like they have to change and conform to the mainstream.

Named after the Delaware area code where Starrah (aka Brittany Hazzard) was born and raised, 3:02 Music Group begins operations with a roster that includes:

  • Brad Bustamante – in-house engineer/studio manager; Starrah’s Personal Engineer
  • Taylor Ross – producer/songwriter whose credits include Normani’s “Wild Side”
  • June Nawakii – producer/composer (Nicki Minaj); also collaborated on “Wild Side”
  • Laquan “302Quan” Hazzard – producer and brother of Starrah
  • Max “Maxxx” carpet – producer/songwriter
  • Keenan “Spacecoupe” Melvin – producer (Southside 808 Mafia, Dej Loaf)
  • suburban square – Starrah production trio and collaborators returning to MySpace
  • Aaron “Rahk” Revelle – producer/songwriter who studied under Timbaland; Starrah collaborator on Normani’s debut album

“As we built Starrah’s career path, she also began to integrate into her initial roster,” says Jarjour, co-founder of 3:02. “Scott, Josh and the entire Pulse team have empowered Starrah and her company in an unprecedented way that we believe will change the paradigm of the music industry. They’re allowing her to build what they have. built. And we are able to build a real machine now.

Signed six years ago by Pulse senior vp/head of creative Ashley Calhoun (“Her lyrical content, cadences and delivery were so fresh and unique to what was happening”), Starrah first gained national attention in 2015 through her work on Kid’s “Be Real.” Ink. The following year, the former Public Storage employee began racking up a string of writer/co-writer credits on various Hot 100 hits, including Kevin Gates’ “2 Phones,” Halsey’s “Now or Never.” , “Needed Me” by Rihanna, “Travis Scott” “Pick Up the Phone”, “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 with Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, “No Frauds” by Drake and Lil Wayne.

An artist in her own right, Starrah teamed up with Diplo on the 2017 Starrah X Diplo EP. She has since released the single ‘How It Goes’ in 2020 as well as her critically acclaimed debut album. The longest interlude Last year. Starrah’s ‘Automatic Woman’ co-written with HER and Van Hunt, featured in Halle Berry’s film Bruised, was among the 15 songs shortlisted for the Oscar in the Best Original Song category in December. Following the success of “Wild Side,” Starrah is currently executive producing Normani’s debut album and released her own new single “222” in February.

“It’s a blessing as a young black woman to have my own publishing house,” adds Starrah, who broke into the industry by also selling crochet demos on Instagram for $150. “It’s hard for a lot of creative people to be heard.”

In addition to Starrah, Pulse Music Group’s roster includes Ty Dolla $ign, Cordae and Rich the Kid as well as new signees Flo Milli, Kehlani and Trevor Daniel. The company also recently signed a creative joint venture with producer Mike Dean (Kanye “Ye” West, Jay-Z, Beyoncé); Marc Anthony’s Magnus Media, Rick Rubin’s American Recordings and Nas’ Mass Appeal are among the company’s other joint ventures. Pulse’s songwriting roster is responsible for platinum-certified hits like Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar” and “Adore You,” Future and Drake’s “Life Is Good,” and Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me.” .

Corina C. Butler