Caleborate’s Lays Himself Bare On “Real Person”

Berkeley’s favorite son Caleborate has worked hard to put the city on over the last few years, dropping projects such as Hella Good and 1993 showcasing his ability on the mic and paying homage to his roots and supporters. Both projects looked toward the future as Caleb continues to build himself and grow into the Bay music scene overflowing with talent.

Caleborate’s latest release, Real Person, is a major departure from the previous two projects. Where Hella Good and 1993 offered hints of Caleb’s ability to wax introspective, Real Person is a project completely centered around authenticity and candor. His ability to lay himself bare over the track does not come at the cost of any content and results in his most comprehensive project to date.

Real Person sheds the ornaments that adorn the current wave of hip-hop. The project carries few features apart from 1-O.A.K.Donte Thomas, and MVCK, as well as guest vocals from Alexis Angulo. The instrumentals are laid back and cohesive, dropping multiple vocals layers and samples in favor of a more simplistic approach. It works. Real Person focuses on the essentials of production and songwriting, allowing Caleborate’s voice to reverberate throughout.

This would not be possible without the quality Caleb brings to his bars. He pens a eulogy for himself over fantastic production from names such as Lege Kale, Ian McKee, Willem ArduiDrew Banga, and a few others. Caleborate’s familiarity with his producers is another driving force of the project. Their ability to translate their visions into reality sustain what would be a daunting concept in others’ hands.

Caleborate talks living, legacy, mental state, drive, ambition and more on the project, even tackling the complexities of current politics on “Down.” Caleborate fleshes out the roots of his ambitions and traces his trajectory all the way back to his parent’s divorce on the standout track “Wanna Be.” His phenomenal singles “Soul” and “Bankrobber” also make an appearance on the project.

Real Person is a story of life, obstacles, anxieties and dreams. The multiplicity of topics that Caleb tackles over the course of the 10-track album coalesce into one concept: the real person. Caleborate strips himself down to create music on a human level that reflects the humility that has endeared him to so many fans.

Caleborate continues to push forward, already releasing visual content and hosting listening parties to celebrate the new project. Let him take you away with Real Person on SoundCloud below.



Sylvan LaCue Shares Beacon Of Hope “Selfish”

Sylvan LaCue is keeping his self-produced run alive and well with his latest track titled “Selfish.” For the next preview of his forthcoming Apologies In Advance album, Sylvan reunites with director Jonathan Benavente to create another set of graceful visuals. Sylvan reminds listeners of the importance of self-care and how often times shared love for others comes at the expense of our own health.

Alongside the video, Sylvan also unveiled a heartfelt interview with Akaash Sharma, where he delves deeper into his departure from Visionary Music Group, battles with depression, and more.

Check out the video for “Selfish” below and revisit his previous single “Guilt Trip.”

Khary Drops Off A New Loosie “Wet Dream”

On the heels of his Tidal Graves EP with Lege KaleKhary is back with another saucy single titled “Wet Dream.” Khary uses his clever wordplay to craft an ode to his love in sight over warm production from Luke Jr. From Star Wars references to hinting at Boomerang sex tapes, Khary leaves no stone unturned in this vintage POV video.

In addition to new music, Khary has also kept busy with a collab with 47 Brand in the works. Khary’s “Find Me” was also recently featured in the NBA Live 18 soundtrack, alongside the likes of Kendrick LamarKamaiyah, and Lil Uzi Vert.

While we await Khary’s new album, check out the video for “Wet Dream” below.

Brasstracks Previews New Project With “Those Who Know”

With their truly dynamic sonic chemistry, Brasstracks blend avenues of jazz, electronic, and hip-hop to create invigorating tracks. The Brooklyn duo comprised of Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne has teamed up with the likes of VanJess and Khalid in the past, constantly adding to their portfolio of sweet releases.

As the first taste of their forthcoming two-part project, “Those Who Know” is a whipping journey. Their latest single also stands as Ivan’s vocal debut, highlighting yet another one of his many talents. The duo continues to showcase their versatile and genre-bending production, refining their sound each release.

Stream “Those Who Know” below.

Ciscero Connects With April George, Rocket & Joe Smokes For “Go!”

Ciscero keeps on shining with his golden releases. Following one of my favorite tracks from this year titled “Rio” with Jay Prince and FOGGIERAW, the DMV rep returns with “Go!” His latest offering takes a more soulful route akin to “Pressure,” tapping frequent collaborators April GeorgeRocket, and Joe Smokes. Warm keys from Dre Rodner and additional production from MisterNeek creates a soothing collab that oozes with passion.

Keep a close eye on Ciscero and stream “Go!” below.

Vibe Out With Little Simz On “Backseat” Via COLORS Berlin

Little Simz has kept busy all year—from her headlining Welcome To Wonderland tour to joining the stage with Gorillaz, the London artist continues to garner a loyal fanbase around the world.

King Simbi recently swung by COLORS Berlin to perform her latest single titled “Backseat.” Produced by Astronote and topped off with additional vocals from Ella Mai and VanJess, Little Simz provides a status update for her fans. “Backseat” showcases Little Simz at her finest while we await a new surprise hinted to arrive in November,

Check out Little Simz’s performance of “Backseat” below.

JULiA LEWiS Taps Elujay, Mr. Carmack & Mikos Da Gawd For “On The Regular”

Having worked with the likes of Rexx Life RajCaleborate, and Elujay, JULiA LEWiS continues to refine his skills with each release. The Bay Area producer returns to W&V today with an all-star collab titled “On The Regular.” Featuring talent from Elujay, Mr. Carmack, and Mikos Da Gawd, his latest offering is the perfect soundtrack for driving around town with the homies. Elujay’s smooth delivery pairs nicely with the bouncy foundation from JULiA Lewis, Carmack, and Mikos, merging their individual talents to create one of my favorite songs this year.

Vibe out the “On The Regular” below.

WRLD Unveils Sweet Remix of Sam Bruno’s “Hello Hater”

At the top of the summer, Arizona native Sam Bruno delivered her debut I AM SAM PT. 1 EP. Using each of the five tracks, the now Los Angeles-based artist crafts a savory bundle of electro-pop for listeners to indulge in. Her debut project stands as the cherry on top to her previous work with the likes of Kanye West, Skrillex, and more.

On the heels of his Kamome Sano remix and Monstercat-released “Drift,” WRLD is giving Sam’s “Hello Hater” a special twist. The Netherlands-bred producer adds his own energy to the song, amplifying the already catchy melodies from the original. Sam’s warm vocals bounce across WRLD’s invigorating production to create a thoroughly refreshing track to jumpstart the week.

Stream WLRD’s remix of “Hello Hater” below.

Ivan Ave Previews New Album With “Running Shoes”

[Cover image by Håkon Gleditsch]

Ivan Ave is back with another heartwarming tune for the soul titled “Running Shoes.” The latest peak from his forthcoming Every Eye album features production from Kiefer and Like to create the perfect soundtrack for those lazy Sundays. The ode to his running shoes that’ve been by his side through the thick and thin captures Ivan’s effortless flow over steady boom-bap production and encourages listeners to keep it pushing.

Originally schedule to drop next week on September 29, Ivan has confirmed that Every Eye will now be released on November 10. In the meantime, stream “Running Shoes” below.

VanJess Recruits GoldLink For “Through Enough”

Building upon the success of tracks like “Adore” and “Favorite” with BrasstracksVanJess unveils their new single titled “Through Enough.” The sister duo enlists DMV veteran GoldLink for a sweet joyride, backed by saucy production from Lophiile. VanJess’ silky croons glide over the undulating rhythms, topped off with GoldLink’s confident verse to round out the track.

While VanJess adds the finishing touches to their forthcoming Homegrown EP, stream “Through Enough” below.