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Princess Superstar
Birth name Concetta Kirschner
Born February 25, 1971 (1971-02-25) (age 39)
Origin Spanish Harlem, New York, U.S.
Genres Electronica, Hip hop, Dance
Occupations Musician, DJ
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1993-Present
Labels Corrupt Conglomerate Records, Studio !K7, Dark Beloved Cloud Records, 5th Beetle
Associated acts Gamma Rays, Kool Keith, MC Paul Barman, Trussed Recordings
Website Princess Superstar Website

Princess Superstar (born Concetta Kirschner, February 25, 1971 in Spanish Harlem, New York[1]) is an American emcee and DJ.

Her musical style, as she describes it, is flip-flop —a mixture of hip hop,Dance and electronica [2].

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Background

Kirschner was born to Jewish father of Russian and Polish descent and a Sicilian-American mother who converted to Judaism. Kirschner identifies as a "spiritual Jew".[3] Her parents were psychologists. When Kirchner was a child, the family moved to rural Pennsylvania and then to the suburbs of Philadelphia[4]. She attended school at the Germantown Academy, a private high school, where she was a member of the Singing Club, the Theatre Club and the Black Student Union. She moved to NYC at the age of 17 and went to NYU, where she got her BFA in drama. She is a vegan, active in the animal rights movement and a member of MENSA.[1]

Career

After graduating from high school, she moved to New York City and studied acting at New York University. She took up the guitar[3], and her interest in music surpassed her interest in acting. She joined the Gamma Rays, an all-girl power psychedelic band that recorded a 7" single called "Lovely" for Teen Beat Records. Their other recordings appeared on various compilations[5]. Around the same time, Kirschner was composing hip hop-styled songs on a 4-track recorder.

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Princess Superstar

In 1994, Kirschner made a demo tape called, Mitch Better Get My Bunny, under the name "Princess Superstar". She sent the tape to the College Music Journal (CMJ) and to the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal Records [4]. While she got callbacks from CMJ and Grand Royal, she went on to sign with Dark Beloved Cloud Records, who released her song "I'm White" on their Sympathy for Count Pococurante compilation.

In 1995, she teamed up with three backing musicians and signed with 5th Beetle Records[4]. They recorded her debut album, Strictly Platinum, which gained her some notoriety as being one of very few white female rappers.

In 1997, Kirschner went on to launch her own record label, first calling it "A Big Rich Major Label", but then eventually settling on "Corrupt Conglomerate". She also recruited a new crew of backing musicians and recorded CEO, a concept album about corporate culture.

Her next album, 2000's Last of the Great 20th Century Composers, was co-produced Curtis Curtis and contains the song "Kool Keith's Ass", and a remix of "Do It Like a Robot" by Jon Spencer.

Kirschner went on to collaborate with Kool Keith on "Keith and Me" for the 2001 Princess Superstar Is LP released on Ruthless Records/Studio !K7. The album, also co-produced Curtis Curtis, has guest appearances by Beth Orton and Bahamadia. The single "Bad Babysitter" was #11 on the UK charts.

For 2005's My Machine a futuristic hip-hopera concept double album[6], she collaborated with various producers such as Arthur Baker, Jacques Lu Cont, Junior Sanchez, Armand Van Helden, Todd Terry, and DJ Mighty Mi. My Machine contains the track, "Perfect" which was used remixed using Mason's Exceeder. This went to #3 on the UK charts in 2008.

In 2008, Kirschner sang on the "Licky" single by long-time associate, Larry Tee.

In 2009 Kirschner is featured on Grandmaster Flash's record The Bridge, alongside Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes. She is currently working on her new album to be released soon.

DJ

Kirschner is also a highly in-demand DJ[citation needed] who plays sets all over the world. She has released DJ recordings, such as Princess Is a DJ in 2002, Now Is the Winter of Our Discothèque in 2005, and American Gigolo III on International DeeJay Gigolo Records in 2007.

Discography

Albums

EPs/singles

Music videos

  • 1996 "Smooth"
  • 2002 "Bad Babysitter"
  • 2002 "Keith N' Me"
  • 2003 "Jam For The Ladies"
  • 2005 "Perfect"
  • 2007 "Perfect (Exceeder)"
  • 2008 "Licky (Herve Radio edit)"

DJ albums

  • 2002 Princess Is a DJ
  • 2005 Now Is the Winter of Our Discothèque
  • 2005 Now Is the Winter of Our Discothèque Pt. 2
  • 2007 American Gigolo III

Guest appearances

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  • "Lovage" - MC Paul Barman
  • "MTV Get Off The Air, Part 2" - MC Paul Barman It's Very Stimulating [2000]
  • "Jam for the Ladies"- Moby (2003)
  • "Lets Get Old" - DJ Yoda The Adventures of DJ Yoda [2006] (showcases her quirky rapping)
  • "Eat It" - Dr. Octagon Return of Dr. Octagon [2006]
  • "Lips on Fire" - Agoria The Green Armchair [2006]
  • "Exceeder" - recently provided vocals for Mason's instrumental electro track. [Jan 2007]
  • "Detonator" - provided vocals for this Shinichi Osawa track. [2007]
  • Interview on Channel V (Australia) with Yumi Stynes [2006]
  • "Computer" - Arling & Cameron hi-fi underground [2006]
  • "Memphis Belles" - The Prodigy (2007) (album went to #1 in the UK)
  • "Those Chix" - Grandmaster Flash "The Bridge" (2009)
  • "Rock U"-Alexander Technique (2009)
  • MTV's "Made" - Made coach.

See also

References

  1. ^ Kagen, Wendy (2005-09-13). "Biography". Musician Guide. http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608003444/Princess-Superstar.html. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  2. ^ Blackman, Guy."Flip Flop Pop", "The Age, June 1, 2008"
  3. ^ a b Westbrook, Caroline. Interview with a Jewish Princess June 2, 2002, accessdate=2008-09-30
  4. ^ a b c Kagan, Wendy.Princess Superstar biography
  5. ^ Gamma Rays at Discogs.com
  6. ^ Princess Superstar at Discogs.com

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