Video: The Hoodstarz – “Contagious” ft. Clyde Carson

The East Palo Alto Duo Explores Their Most Exotic Fantasies In Eccentric “Contagious” Video



The Video:

Exotic creatures and beautiful women surround The Hoodstarz in the visual for their latest single, “Contagious.” The track has the East Palo Alto, California duo of Band-Aide and Scoot rapping about women they simply can’t forget. “Contagious” features Clyde Carson and is from their 56 Months album, an 18-track project which includes features from Ty Dolla $ign and Too Short.

The eccentric visual features scorpions, snakes, and tarantulas crawling around a lizard-eyed woman’s body and face as Hoodstarz rapper Band-Aide flashes his gold chain and confesses his affection for irresistable women. With the song’s infectious hook, the duo shares their most exotic fantasies. “This song represents the moments when you see or think of a sexy chick and she stays on your mind,” Band-Aide and Scoot Dogg explain. “You can’t stop thinking about her. Her look, her style and her beauty is ‘contagious’ and you can’t get enough of her.”

Hailing from East Palo Alto, California, the duo has released hits such as “Can’t Leave Rap Alone,” which features Keak da Sneak, paving the way for several more hyphy-era hits. In 2006 they released their first full-length album, Hood Reality, on their self-owned Lawless RecordsWarner Bros. distributed their second album, which led to more local radio hits and growing recognition for the prolific duo. Amidst their music successes, The Hoodstarz created a non-profit housing program for local elderly in need and often hold fundraising and donation-driven events for their community. Having collaborated with hyphy producers Traxamillion and Droop-E, along with artists such as Ty Dolla $ign and Too Short for 56 Months, The Hoodstarz are proud to release another album for the streets. “56 months is a top to bottom story about real life issues,” the duo explains. “The last 56 months has been full of controversy, good and bad, so every song is based off of our personal experiences.”

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The Background:

Rappers Band-Aide and Scoot Dogg make up the duo The Hoodstarz, a top-tier rap group in the California Bay Area hyphy scene. The two were friends since grade school, but also were cohorts hustling in the streets of their East Palo Alto, CA, hometown. After Band-Aide finished serving a five-year bid in San Quentin State Prison around 2002 (Scoot previously had spent 18 months in a juvenile correctional facility), they each wanted better lives for themselves and decided to commit to music full-time. One of their first singles, “Can’t Leave Rap Alone” (2004), featuring Oakland, CA, veteran Keak da Sneak, started to put things in motion for the duo, paving their way to become local favorites. The Hoodstarz’s released their first full-length album Hood Reality in 2006 on their self-owned Lawless Records. Its favorable reception, in addition to the hyphy phenomenon spreading nationwide and translating onto the Billboard charts, garnered them a distribution deal with Warner, who issued their second album, Band-Aide and Scoot, later that same year.


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