By Jack Barnes
Blessed with an affinity for wordplay and a compelling sing-song cadence, Caleborate is one of the most promising young rappers to hit the Bay Area scene. Today, the 23 year-old rapper shares his album, 1993, which debuted via Complex and features appearances by Sylvan LaCue and Pell, as well as production from P-Lo, Mikos Da Gawd, HBK’s Kuya Beats, Cal-A, and Julia Lewis. Following up his acclaimed 2015 release Hella Good, winner of SF Weekly’s Best Hip Hop Album category last year, 1993 combines nostalgia for the 23-year-old rapper’s childhood with reflections on modern life, exploring Caleborate’s unique generational point-of-view through varied production and complex lyrical themes. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
“1993 is my birth year and I personally think that the stretch between ’90 and ’95 was a pretty special time to be born in because we got to experience life pre-cell phone, but we came of age when technology became an inseparable part of everyone’s everyday lives. I remember finding music using Kazaa and burning CD’s. I remember using MapQuest before GoogleMaps. I had a house phone. But I’m also a digital native,” Caleborate explained to Complex. “The music on 1993 is reflective of the kind of music and the TV shows I watched growing up. I distinctly remember the blending of the two worlds–I was watching Family Matters on TV, but also Buzzfeed videos on my phone. The music on this project has sample-based stuff that sounds like Kanye’s but there’s also more beat-driven stuff that sounds like it could be played alongside Kaytranada. The lyrical content is reflective of where I am in my life as a young adult. I’m talking about stuff that other 22- and 23-year-old people are going through.”
Caleborate has been consistently treating his fans this summer leading up to the release of 1993, sharing the VIBE-premiered single “Options,” a soulful summer jam which was added to Spotify’s Most Necessary playlist. He followed the single with a video for “’08 Carter Flow,” premiered by REVOLT, as well as the hard-hitting loosie “Made Me,” which debuted on The FADER. Born and raised in Sacramento, Caleborate built his considerable fanbase online, eventually growing big enough to earn a mention on the 2014 edition of The Thizzler’s Bay Area Freshman 10, which has featured luminaries such as Nef The Pharaoh, IAMSU!, 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 & Planes, The Source, and SF Weekly, which named it the Best Hip-Hop Album of the Bay Area for 2015. With this momentum, Caleborate is just getting started.
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