Video: Caleborate – “Game Over”
Caleborate Brings a 1993 Highlight to Life With a One-Take, Arcade Game-Themed Visual
Critical Praise for Caleborate
“One to watch in 2016.” – 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 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 of the Bay Area’s most promising upcoming artists” – Good Music All Day
With puckish charm, precocious charisma, and witty lyricism, Caleborate is a rising star in the Bay Area scene. A highlight from his recent 1993, “Game Over” is a glorious slice of chipmunk soul, as Caleborate boasts about his rhyming ability and dismisses his troubles over the lush groove. For the video, premiered today by NYLON, Caleborate pulled out all the stops, casting a sea of local heroes and collaborators, including producers Mikos Da Gawd, Trollex, and Kuya Beats, and Bay cultural icons and radio hosts the Hyphy Hoochies, co-star in the video-game inspired video. Filmed in one take, the video imitates the user interface of an early ’90s arcade game, with a health bar in the upper-left corner. The hero of the game, Caleborate dodges bill collectors, his angry aunt, and police officers, all while collecting coins, stars, and extra lives, in pursuit of his goal of hanging back and watching TV. The visual is a fun extension of Caleborate’s fascination with early ’90s culture, which culminated in 1993, which combines nostalgia for the 23-year-old rapper’s childhood with reflections on modern life. Featuring appearances by Sylvan LaCue and Pell, as well as production from P-Lo, Mikos 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.
Explains Caleborate to NYLON: “The idea just came to me as I was listening to the song one day with my headphones in. It just looked so cool in my head and it translated well on screen. Each character in the visual represents a specific aspect or ‘stage’ in my life…. in my game of life, rather…”
Last month, Earmilk dropped the fun-loving video for Caleborate’s”Consequences,” which listeners can find on Spotify‘s Most Necessary playlist. The album’s lead single, “Options,” a soulful summer jam with guest spots from Pell and Sylvan LaCue, which has earned over 778,000 plays on Spotify. Born and raised in Sacramento, Caleborate built his considerable fanbase online, commenting on popular YouTube videos to draw fans to his music. In 2015, Caleborate collaborated with G-Eazy on “Want It All,” featured on his 2015 album Hella Good, which received critical praise from Pigeons & Planes, The Source, and SF Weekly, which named it the Best Hip-Hop Album of the Bay Area for 2015. Earning further acclaim for 1993, Caleborate proved himself to be anact that the fans and the blogs can agree on. 1993 is available for stream and download now.
Caleborate also kicks of his 1993 tour in LA on November 13th. Tickets are on sale now.
Watch “Game Over”: https://youtu.be/LmmpSqj56Wk
Check Out NYLON’s Premiere: http://www.nylon.com/articles/caleborate-game-over-video
Buy 1993 on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/1993/id1146662764
A Berkeley bred student of hip-hop and all around eclectic artist, Caleborate has been renowned as one of the games most promising emcee’s. 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.
“Game Over”: https://youtu.be/LmmpSqj56Wk
“’08 (Carter Flow)” Video: https://youtu.be/zv_jj4gA75o
“Options” ft. Pell & Sylvan LaCue: https://soundcloud.com/caleborate/options-ft-sylvan-lacue-pell
“Want It All” ft. G-Eazy: https://soundcloud.com/caleborate/want-it-all-ft-g-eazy-prod-cal-a
“08 (Carter Flow)”: https://soundcloud.com/caleborate/08carterflow