Darien Hinton, known professionally as Mooski, is an American rapper and singer. Signed to Capitol Records, he is best known for his 2021 viral single "Track Star", which peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also gained popularity on TikTok. He released a remix of "Track Star" (featuring Chris Brown, A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Yung Bleu) on May 18, 2021. Hinton later released his debut studio album, Melodic Therapy 4 the Broken, on March 11, 2022.

Birth nameDarien Hinton
Also known asTrip Lee Jr.[1]
BornOpp, Alabama, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
Years active2019–present

Life and career edit

Hinton was born and raised in Opp, Alabama and is of African-American descent.[2] Both of his parents had health issues.[3] Hinton grew up with an interest in music as part of the choir in a local church. He began his musical career as a Gospel rapper before switching to hip hop after he listened to Lil Wayne and Drake.[4] Other hip hop artists that Hinton listened to include PnB Rock, Fetty Wap, and Kevin Gates.[5]

After graduating high school in 2015, Hinton served in the United States Marine Corps for four years before he began working to establish his musical career.[5]

In June 2020, Mooski released "Track Star" through TikTok where it gained rapid popularity, over 475+ million views.[3] In February 2021, the song start streaming on other platforms and was released as a single by Capitol Records.[4] "Track Star" later entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 99 and peaked at number 31, remaining on the chart for a record-breaking 20 weeks. It also peaked at number 53 on the UK Singles Chart. A remix of the song (featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Chris Brown and Yung Bleu) was released on May 18, 2021.[6]

On March 11, 2022, Hinton released his debut studio album Melodic Therapy for the Broken. The album features guest appearances from Chris Brown, Yung Bleu, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, and K Camp.[7] The song "Counting Time" samples "Charlene" by Anthony Hamilton.[3]

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

List of albums with selected details
Title Album details
Melodic Therapy 4 the Broken

Singles edit

As lead artist edit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Play Your Part"
(with UnderGod Gwalla)
2019 Non-album single
"Track Star" 2021 31 12 53 Melodic Therapy 4 the Broken
"Game of Love" Non-album single
"Track Star Remix"
(featuring Chris Brown, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, and Yung Bleu)
Melodic Therapy 4 the Broken
"Zodiac Killer"[14] Non-album single

Guest appearances edit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"Rain on Your Skin" 2021 K Camp Float[15]

References edit

  1. ^ Justin Sarachik. "'Track Star' Singer Mooski Says Original Name was Trip Lee Jr. on 'The Breakfast Club'". Rapzilla.
  2. ^ Mooski Reveals His Race, Ethnicity, Nationality (part 2)
  3. ^ a b c Michael Major (March 16, 2022). "Mooski Takes on Anthony Hamilton's Classic 'Charlene' for New Single". Broadway World. Archived from the original on April 5, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Simpson, Paul. "Mooski Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic.com.
  5. ^ a b Seabrook III, Robby (April 7, 2021). "The Break Presents: Mooski". XXLmag.
  6. ^ Mark Elibert (May 19, 2021). "CHRIS BROWN, A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE & YUNG BLEU ASSIST MOOSKI ON 'TRACK STAR' REMIX". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on June 22, 2021.
  7. ^ Benoit, Kevin (10 March 2022). "Mooski Unveils His 'Melodic Therapy 4 The Broken' Mixtape". Parlemag.com.
  8. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 - Week of May 15, 2021". Billboard. Retrieved May 8, 2023.
  9. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - Week of June 5, 2021". Billboard. Retrieved May 8, 2023.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. April 2, 2021. Retrieved May 8, 2023.
  11. ^ "RIAA". Recording Industry Association of America.
  12. ^ "British certifications – Mooski". British Phonographic Industry. Type Mooski in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  13. ^ "Canadian certifications – Mooski". Music Canada.
  14. ^ "Zodiac Killer - Single". Apple Music.
  15. ^ Kim Somajor (August 18, 2021). "K Camp Enlist PnB Rock, Trey Songz, Mooski and More on New "FLOAT" LP". The Source.

External links edit

Mooski discography at Discogs