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.

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.

Stream Daz Rinko’s ‘Black Boy Joy’ EP

Daz Rinko has come a long way since his LIFTED mixtape dropped last year. Following lead singles like “SOS” with theMIND and “Boo-Boo Kisses,” the Memphis talent returns with his Black Boy Joy EP. The six-track outing follows Daz as he refines his sound and crafts a beacon of hope. With pulsating rhythms from the likes of SPRILL. and Donato, Daz’s fluid delivery allows him to shine in the spotlight throughout his journey towards self-love.

Dive into Black Boy Joy below.

Smino Performs “Maraca” For COLORS Berlin

In the midst of touring with SZA and Ravyn Lenae, St. Louis icon Smino swung by COLORS Berlin to perform “Maraca.” As one of the many gems from his debut album blkswn, the Monte Booker-produced joint features Smino at his finest bouncing between slick wordplay and punchy ad-libs. Smino delivers a passionate and energetic performance sure to please new and familiar fans alike.

Vibe out to “Maraca” below.

Tyler Wrighteous & Matt McGhee Connect For “Talk”

I first came across Tyler Wrighteous when he dropped his Nimbus project about a year ago. Since then, the multitalented artist has kept the heat coming with tracks like “Ovation” and his latest titled “Talk.” The self-produced cut recruits fellow Virginia talent Matt McGhee, carrying a heavy boom-bap energy as the two deliver their crisp verses to call out those that ramble in their raps. Tyler and Matt continue to evolve with each release, leaving us excited to see what they have in store in the near future.

Stream “Talk” below.

Caleborate Makes Triumphant Return With “Soul”

Caleborate‘s already dropped off a few gems this year like “Make Me & Take Me” and “Produced By J.Cole,” but his latest is truly a special treat. Produced by Lege Kale, “Soul” stands as the first taste of Caleborate’s forthcoming album. The Bay Area icon crafts a reminder to stay true and challenge yourself, recognizing his day one fans along the way. He drifts with each verse and holds it down on the hook, backed by Lege Kale’s hard-hitting production. Caleborate is kicking off the fourth quarter with a bang that leaves us yearning for the full project when it drops later this year.

Stream “Soul” below.