In the pocket with nuanced, reflective bars or riding atop sunny, soulful bounce, Sacramento-born, Berkeley-bred Caleborate’s sharp, deft flow, gripping narratives, and charismatic, infectious energy paints a vivid portrait of life as a Northern Californian 20-something.
Lauded by Pigeons & Planes as “smart, introspective hip hop” and deemed “one of the most promising spitters out right now” by XXL, the 25-year-old carefully assembles a kaleidoscoping mosaic of love and heartbreak, weed smoke and college loans, family ties and simmering ambitions, triumph and loss – from the cinematic vistas of the Oakland hills to visceral childhood memories.
"Smart, introspective hip hop." – Pigeons & Planes
"Caleborate delivers his rhymes with the confidence of a vet" – Complex
"...one of the most promising spitters coming out right now" – XXL
"a mix of personal songwriting and quick wit" – The FADER
"lyrical mastermind" – East Bay Express
"Caleb has proven himself to be a MC in the purest form, eschewing the flashy brag raps for a centered focus on precise wordplay and introspective storytelling paired with some of the best production that the Bay can offer." – EARMILK
“Caleborate is poised to sit cross-legged atop the hip hop genre someday" – HipHopDX
“A superlative talent” – Los Angeles Leakers
“Nostalgic golden boy driving the soul” – Hypebeast
“Charismatic and disarming commanding in its clarity…presences like his give the [Bay Area] its soul” – Stereogum