Caleborate – Bankrobber


The Berkeley Rapper Shares a New Calmatic-Directed Video For a Highlight From His Acclaimed Real Person Album, Debuting With an Interview By Pigeons & Planes



Critical Praise:


If you like J. Cole’s relatable lyricism, listen to Caleborate…Without sounding preachy or condescending, California rapper Caleborate always has substance to his songs.” – Pigeons & Planes

Caleborate delivers his rhymes with the confidence of a vet” – Complex

“Caleborate is a soulful MC with a 2017 album that should not be overlooked” – Ambrosia For Heads

“Caleborate is the type of rapper we music journalists hope to find. He’s completely himself without being too far out there. He seems to be a student of the J ColeMurs and Kendrick school of Hip Hop but keeps his flow and delivery authentic.” – Earmilk

“Berkeley, Calif.’s Caleborate is one of the best rappers in the East Bay right now.” – XXL


The Video:


Winning fans with his conversational rapping style and underdog charisma, Caleborate is one of the most promising emcees in the Bay Area. Breathing life into a highlight from his October 2017 release Real PersonCaleborate shares the kinetic and inventive video for Bankrobber.” Released on (Dead) President’s Day (“First off, fuck Donald Trump/I don’t care, he ain’t my president”), the video emphasizes the song’s themes about being true to yourself and getting money by any means necessary. Directed by Calmatic (Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, The Internet) and produced by APLUS FILMZ (Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad, Flatbush Zombies), Caleborate’s new video is an exploration of the different sides of the rapper’s personality. Inspired by Alanis Morissette’s video for “Ironic,” each side of his personality is represented by the rapper wearing a different outfit, with creative camera angles allowing the different Caleborates to interact. Premiered on TV with BET Jams and online with Pigeons & Planes, the video for “Bankrobber” follows Soul (Remix),” a new version of the most popular track off Real Person with a verse from Big K.R.I.T., debuted by Complex last month.

The follow-up to 2016’s autobiographical 1993Real Person represents the next chapter in Caleborate’s underdog story, with songs that focus the young rapper’s problems into sharp relief. The project finds the burgeoning 24-year-old confronting his relationships, his career goals, the current presidential administration, and his struggle breaking through to the mainstream despite his superlative talent. Featuring production from Ian McKee, Lege Kale, Chonchies, Drew Banga, and Willem Ardui, and guest appearances from 1-O.A.K. and Donte ThomasReal Person is an accomplished and mature effort, bursting with pathos and brimming with head-nodding instrumentals.

Last month, Caleborate announced the The Real Person Tour, which commences on February 22nd. Last month, Caleborate announced the The Real Person Tour, which commences on February 22nd. Beginning in Caleborate’s hometown of Berkeley, CA, the Real Person Tour passes through several dates in California and the Pacific Northwest, before making its way to Austin for SXSW, and culminating in an East Coast run, including a stop at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on March 30th. Joined by Yeek and Khary for select dates, tickets are available now at TBKTR.

Check out the premiere and interview at Pigeons & Planes:

Buy Tickets for the Real Person Tour:

Listen to Real Person

Real Person Tour dates:
2/22 Berkeley – Cornerstone
2/25 Vancouver – Biltmore Cabaret
2/26 Seattle – The Crocodile Back Bar
2/28 Santa Cruz – The Catalyst Atrium
3/01 Sacramento – Holy Diver
3/02 Los Angeles – Union
3/03 La Jolla, CA – The Loft
3/10 Phoenix – Valley Bar
3/12 SXSW
3/18 SXSW
3/22 St. Petersburg – Iberian Rooster
3/23 Atlanta – The Masquerade Purgatory
3/24 Charlotte – Neighborhood Theatre
3/25 Washington DC – Songbyrd
3/28 Evanston, IL – SPACE
3/30 Brooklyn – Knitting Factory
3/31 Philadelphia – MilkBoy



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, and following that up with the acclaimed 1993 and Real Person projects in 2016 and 2017, Caleborate is poised to sit cross-legged atop the hip-hop genre.





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“Bankrobber”: //

Buy Tickets for the Real Person Tour:

“Soul” (Remix) ft. Big K.R.I.T.:

“4 Willem”:

Real Person

“Soul ($$ MONEY VERSION $$):


“Soul” (The LOVE Version) video:


“Make Me & Take Me”: //

“Game Over”:



“Made Me”:

“Options” ft. Pell & Sylvan LaCue:

“Want It All” ft. G-Eazy:

“08 (Carter Flow)”: //

“Hold On”:

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