Single: Caleborate – “Make Me & Take Me”

The Precocious and Lyrical Emcee Lets the Beat Build in This Horn-Blasted Banger


Critical Praise

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 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

“Caleb comes across like someone who’s honest with himself and everyone around him” – Uproxx

“[Caleborate] displays the poise and wisdom of a rap veteran” – HipHopDX

“One to watch in 2016.” – Pigeons & Planes

The Song: 

A witty young rapper with an ebullient charisma, Caleborate is one of the most promising and lyrical emcees in the East Bay. Winding his flow around a ecstatic soul sample, complete with bouncy piano and soaring horns, Caleborate spins a treatise on the state of modern rap music on Make Me & Take Me,” listing his favorite emcees and speaking out against those who lack originality. A laid back and loose lyrical exercise (Caleborate takes a phone call from a friend early in the track) influenced by Lil Wayne‘s classic “Let The Beat Build, “Make Me & Take Me” finds Caleborate spitting three minutes worth of hookless bars, rhyming until the recording cuts him off mid-thought. “Make Me & Take Me” is the first new song by Caleborate since last month’s release of “Produced By J. Cole, a tribute to the Dreamville MC who inspires him. “The song feels like what hip hop made me feel when I was a teenager,” says Caleborate.

Featuring appearances by Sylvan LaCue and Pell, as well as production from P-LoMikos Da Gawd, HBK’s Kuya Beats, Cal-A,and Julia Lewis, 1993 explores Caleborate’s unique generational point-of-view through varied production and complex lyrical themes. The album features highlights such as the electronic-influenced banger “Consequences,” and the optimistic “Options,” both of which were featured on Spotify’s Most Necessary playlist, as well as quality deep cuts like the minor-key banger “Kale,” the heavy, head-trippy “For Sallie Mae,” and the slow-mo P-Lo-produced “Lil Cel.” The album also inspired several high quality music videos, such as the fun-loving clip for “Consequences” and the 8-bit block fantasy “Game Over.” 1993, which Earmilk called “the album for your 20s,” was the accomplished follow-up to his 2015 album Hella Good, which received critical praise from Pigeons & PlanesThe Source, and SF Weekly, which named it the Best Hip-Hop Album of the Bay Area for 2015. Stay tuned for more music from Caleborate, aka TBKTR (The Black Kid That Raps), gracing the internet later this year.

Listen to “Make Me & Take Me”:


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The Background:

A Berkeley bred student of hip-hop and all around eclectic artist, Caleborate has been renowned as one of the games most promising emcees. With lyrics that represent the unique struggles of the average 20-something, and stanza’s about the day to day grind as a collegiate youth, he covers topics far and wide and is anything but shallow. After being awarded the “Best Hip Hop Album of The Bay Area” in 2015 by SF Weekly, Caleborate is poised to sit cross-legged atop the hip-hop genre someday.

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“Make Me & Take Me”:

“Game Over”:



“Made Me”:

“’08 (Carter Flow)” Video:

“Options” ft. Pell & Sylvan LaCue:

“Want It All” ft. G-Eazy:

“08 (Carter Flow)”:

“Hold On”: