New Project: Caleborate – Real Person [Audio]


By Jack Barnes

A charming and relatable wordsmith who favors soul-inflected instrumentals, Caleborate looks to move from an underdog to top dog. The follow-up to 2016’s autobiographical 1993, which Earmilk called “the album for your 20s,” Caleborate shares Real Personthe next chapter in his upward trajectory. Packed with soul-sampled beats that evoke the sonic palette of College Dropout-era Kanye West, the project finds the burgeoning 24-year-old confronting his relationships, his career goals, the current presidential administration, and his struggle breaking through to the mainstream despite his superlative talent. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.

While 1993 brimmed with optimism and youthful exuberance, the more subdued and personal Real Person finds the young rapper developing into a unique talent with a distinct sound and aesthetic all to his own. The album boasts highlights such as “Bankrobber,” which deals with Caleb’s upbringing and his relationship with his father, “Wanna Be,” a lush rumination on Caleb’s numerous responsibilities, and the politically-charged “Down,” which in part focuses on the negativity of the Trump presidency. The album also features the hit anti-sellout anthem Soul,” which garnered more than 600,000 plays on Spotify and over 382,000 on Pandora, featured on Ebro Darden’s Beats 1 radio show, and earned a spot on Spotify’s Most Necessary playlist. Featuring production from Ian McKee, Lege Kale, Chonchies, Drew Banga, and Willem Ardui, and guest appearances from 1-O.A.K. and Donte ThomasReal Person arrives via TBKTR.

“My life drove me to create this album,” explains Caleborate. “It’s a culmination of my musical taste, experiences, feelings and views. It’s my story. It’s delivered in a much more palatable way than 1993 was. 1993 was extremely fleshed out and musically advanced and at times that was very necessary. I feel that Real Person delivers with solid bars, smooth melodies, and overall efficiency throughout.”

Born in Sacramento and a resident of Berkeley, Caleborate built his considerable fanbase online, eventually earning a spot on the 2014 edition of The Thizzler‘s Bay Area Freshman 10, which has featured luminaries such as Nef The PharaohIAMSU!, and Sage The Gemini. In 2015, Caleborate collaborated with G-Eazy for “Want It All” and released his album Hella Good, which received critical praise from Pigeons & PlanesThe Source, and SF Weekly, which named it the Best Hip-Hop Album of the Bay Area for 2015. Last year, Caleborate expanded his sound with 1993which Earmilk called “the album for your 20s.” This summer, Caleborate shared the loose, exuberant “Make Me & Take Me,” which was accompanied by a one-take video that depicted Caleborate depositing a check into his savings account at the bank. With Real Person, out now, Caleborate stakes his claim as one of the region’s most talented artists, with a unique take on working-class life.

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Previously: Caleborate – “Bankrobber” [Audio]

New Project: Caleborate - Real Person [Audio]


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