Rising hip hop artist Caleborate from Berkeley, CA shared his latest jazzy rap anthem “We Make,” featuring Oakland R&B singer Samaria. A first taste from a new album due out in early 2021, the song and accompanying lyric video find Caleborate open-hearted, passionately reflecting on youth, authenticity, blackness, and nostalgia over producer Ian McKee’s soulful beat. “It’s an anthem for anyone who has been underappreciated,” he says, “For the youth whose culture has been exploited, for black culture in America.”
“We Make” showcases Caleborate’s distinctive flow — in the pocket and nuanced, flitting between reflective bars and riding atop sunny, soulful bounce — that he’s mastered on recent releases like “The Madness” (ft. Tone Sinatra) and “Only 4 Tha Real”(featured on the FIFA ’21 soundtrack). The 27-year-old’s kaleidoscoping mosaics of love and heartbreak, weed smoke and college loans, family ties and simmering ambitions, triumph and loss have earned praise from the likes of XXL, Complex, Uproxx, VIBE, and HipHopDX, plus collabs with Big K.R.I.T., Pell, Larry June, Innanet James and more.
First springing onto the national scene with 2015’s Hella Good, Caleborate followed up with 1993 (2016), Real Person (2017) and Hear Me Out (2019). Along the way, he has accumulated over 75 million streams — including coveted playlists like Spotify’s ‘Most Necessary,’ ‘Alternative Hip-Hop,’ ‘Alternative R&B’ and ‘Low Key,’ along with Apple Music’s ‘BARS,’ ‘Chill Rap,’ ‘Alt Rap’ and ‘The New Bay’ — and saw “Caught Up” featured in the recent Shaft movie starring Samuel L. Jackson. Caleborate has also built a reputation as a not-to-be-missed live act, as evident on the recent COLORS performance of “Clicquot Shower” and slots at Rolling Loud and Outside Lands.
Reflecting on childhood, love, and disenfranchisement, Caleborate weaves vivid memories of hoop shorts under jeans and tearing open Kanye CDs within the paradox of being one of the unsung cultural pioneers he grew up around. His sharp, deft flow, gripping narratives, and charismatic, infectious energy paints a vivid portrait of life as a Northern Californian 20-something. Look for his new album in early 2021.