Caleborate @ Social Hall

Caleborate’s Twitter name might be TBKTR (“That Bald Kid That Raps”), but he’s much more than that. A 23-year-old NorCal native who spent much of his youth shuttling between Sacramento and Pittsburg, Caleborate possesses a raspy voice, quick-spitting chops, and an uncannily nimble lyrical delivery. In fact, listen to some of his songs, like “The Juice” or “On Silent,” and if you didn’t know better, you might think you were listening to a young Kanye West. The burgeoning emcee first made waves in 2015 with his debut album, Hella Good — which SF Weekly named one of the 15 Best Bay Area Albums of 2015 — and he followed that up this summer with 1993, a more polished and contemplative record that showcases Caleborate’s rhyming capabilities against a backdrop of old-school hip-hop production and jazzy instrumentals. Thanks to these two releases, he had a performance at this year’s Hiero Day, collaborated on a song with G-Eazy, opened for Timbaland protégé Tink, and is getting written up in national music blogs like Pigeons & Planes and The FADER.

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