Who is Troi Torain?
Troi Torain was born on the 3rd May 1964, in Scotch Plains, New Jersey USA, of African-American and Caucasian descent. Known by his stage name Star, he is a 55 year-old radio personality, DJ and author. one of the most recognizable African-American radio hosts of all time. Throughout his illustrious career, he has worked with VH1, SHOT 97, Virgin Records, MTV and many others.
He reached national fame and recognition when he started collaborating with MTV on shows called “Beat Suite” and “Star & Buc Wild Morning Show”. He currently hosts a podcast on YouTube called “The Star Report”. Torain has been named one of the “Top 20 Best Black Radio voices of All Time”. In addition, Star was in the center of several controversies, which included beefs with famous rappers, other radio hosts and even death threats. His career has been active since the 1990s.
Troi Torain Wiki Bio
Despite being a public personality for more than 30 years, there is little information regarding Torain’s early life, family and education history. What we do know is that Torain is bi-racial; namely, his mother is African-American while his father is of Caucasian descent. Torain has a younger half-brother whose name is Timothy Joseph, with whom he collaborated later in life.
Troi Torain began working as a DJ and radio host in the early ‘90s. At the start of his career he went under the name “Buc Wild”, but later changed it to “Star”. According to Troi, Star stands for “Strange Thoughts and Revelations”. Torain stood out from the most of the other radio hosts due to his unusual influences – he had a strong philosophical background and often pondered various philosophical topics, such as morality, determinism and such. One of his main influences was Ayn Rand and her philosophy of objectivism. The first entry in Torain’s stacked resume is Warner Elektra, Atlantic. After this, Star went on to work with Virgin Records, The Source Magazine and then iHeart Media. He gradually worked his way up, and became one of the most recognized faces in the radio industry.
Rise to Fame
Torain’s rise to prominence began when he started working at WQHT, and later SHOT 97, VH1 and MTV. At WQHT, he co-hosted a show called “Star and Buc Wild Morning Show”with his half-brother, who took his old alias “Buc Wild”. At MTV, Star hosted “Beat Suite”. He also served as the host of the Complex’s “Everyday Struggle”, replacing its former long-time host Joe Budden.
In addition to philosophical insights, his shows were known for prank calls, and some controversial incidents – he was nicknamed “the father of trolling” thanks to his prank antics. Nonetheless, in 2011 Star was featured in News One’s list of “Top 20 Best Black Radio Voices of All Time”, cementing his place in radio talk show history.
Beefs and Controversies
Since the start of his career, Torain has been known for his frank, often offensive attitude; he has never held back and never paid too much attention to social norms and rules. This got him in trouble several times, resulting in beefs and altercations with other talk show hosts and rappers, as well as court charges. One of the first incidents that caught national attention happened in 2001, after the death of the famous R&B singer Aaliyah. Torain dissed the singer on the very day of her death, prompting angry responses from a number of people, including the famous rapper Jay-Z. In the following years, Torain had on-going beefs with several other rappers and musicians, the most notable being Superhead, Ebro, Prodigy, Big Tigger and DJ Envy.
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Feud with DJ Envy
His most famous incident happened in 2006; according to reports, after an ongoing feud with fellow radio host DJ Envy, Star offered $500 to anyone who knew the address of DJ Envy’s daughter, or where she went to school, so that he could physically abuse her. Even though he later apologized and claimed that he said those things in the heat of the moment, the threats were reported to the police, and he was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and a misdemeanor. Torain also threatened DJ Envy’s wife, but was not charged for that. As a result, Torain was fired from his job at Power 105.1, and had to pay a fine, but didn’t serve a sentence in jail.
Thanks to a long-running career in the show business and a stacked resume, Troi Torain aka Star has been able to acquire a net worth of around $1 million, according to estimations by authoritative sources. Even though he has been working as a DJ and radio personality for more than 30 years, he shows no signs of slowing down, so we can expect that his net worth will increase even more.
In regards to his personal life, Torain stated that even though he has had a number of relationships throughout his life, some of which have been serious, he has never been married and does not have a desire to settle down with anyone for the rest of his life.
— THE STAR REPORT (@troitorain) June 24, 2019
Star’s YouTube channel – called “The Star Report” – has been active since 2014, and currently has more than 125,000 subscribers. He also has a Twitter account with more than 15,500 followers, and an official Instagram account. In addition, Star has his own website with links to his social media profiles as well as a variety of merchandise.