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B-Star, A.K.A. Battlestar America, A.K.A. Battlestar was a seven piece honky-tonk hip-hop band in Brooklyn that kicked ass. Members included Rench, Veronica Dougherty, Brian "Po-Dawg" Pocius, Michi "Ten Fingers" Wiancko, gOAt, Dolio The Sleuth, and Danny "Danny Miami" Invuoldstadt.


"Battlestar America's departure from a traditional country sound goes beyond pairing laconic rappers and energetic turntablists with background harmonies and fiddling: on its album Above Marke Value, the front man, Rench, sings with a slow drawl about job losses, striving, union organizing, and other socialist concerns."
- The New Yorker Magazine
 
"Adding hip-hop beats, raps and turntables to the plaintive wail of Hank Williams, This is a band as comfortable with Cypress Hill's 'How I Could Just Kill a Man' as with Dolly Parton's '9 to 5.'"
- Isaac Guzman, New York Daily News

"With everything from Bluegrass to twangy, banjo and fiddle-driven country to R&B tinged tracks, the underground, alternative hip hop beats bring an urban, sassy, forthright feeling to these unusual explorations. Not wavering from the country vocals and country influence, Battlestar America's danceable mating with hip hop make these Country-born tracks feel joyously jacked up on pop culture."With everything from Bluegrass to twangy, banjo and fiddle-driven country to R&B tinged tracks, the underground, alternative hip hop beats bring an urban, sassy, forthright feeling to these unusual explorations. Not wavering from the country vocals and country influence, Battlestar America's danceable mating with hip hop make these Country-born tracks feel joyously jacked up on pop culture."
- CDbaby.com


 "Rocking two turntables and a fiddle, Battlestar America will get you bobbing your head until your neck turns red."
- Vibe Magazine, December2004
 
"Touting itself as half country and half hip-hop, I figured Battlestar America would be half crap but surprisingly and fortunately my assumptions were totally wrong. I was expecting a Kid Rock clone or perhaps Bubba Sparxxx but nope this is actually REAL country mixed with hip-hop complete with fiddle and all. Great lyrics that are down home yet true to the very core and identifying. This is the musical oddity that actually works at the highest of levels." - Smother.net

 "Above Market Value is genuine. Forgive the hyperbole, but I really feel it's cracked a hip-hop walnut and created a new move, an album with a future of imitators. And while the country feels soulful and true, don't front on the hip-hop neither." - Ricardo Cortez, Author of Go The Fuck To Sleep

 "Whod've thunk that hip-hop borrowing its style from Hank Williams would come off so well? The best damn CD you're likely to grab for a long time." - The Activist Magazine

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