Artist Spotlight: CALIBINN

The Hip Hop genre as a whole is one that (especially in recent years with increased accessibility to self-record) can often feel uninspired and frustratingly tired due to the lack of variation, ambition, and innovation applied within the songwriting and production stage. It seems that every week we are introduced to the same regurgitated beat with the same lazy mumble-rap verses and auto-tune saturated hooks—- only to fizzle out into forgetfulness.

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CALIBINN’s newest Single “Back At It (ft, Zydd)” lands a devastating blow to this terrible trend, and in the aftermath, sets an incredible new standard for all new coming Hip Hip-inspired artists.

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This wildly versatile artist is based out of Oakland, California, and has taken on the undeniable challenge of being a fully DIY independent artist. We find that one of the most glaring setbacks for new-coming independent artists is the lack of professional mixing and mastering that is necessary to break through into the mainstream markets. This certainly isn’t the case with CALIBINN.

It is an extremely rare occurrence that we are introduced to an independent artist that absolutely blows our minds; CALIBINN has done just this.

The audio production exhibited in the freshly released Single is nothing short of spectacular. This is especially remarkable considering the music itself is ferociously dynamic and unrestrained; we imagine this must have been very challenging to mix. The soundscapes are masterfully complex and unrelenting, the pointed raps are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing layer. Everything about this Single is absolutely stunning, with each sound given space to breath and evolve. A truly arduous task for anyone defiantly accepting the challenge of being TRULY independent. This risk has undeniable paid off, as the track showcased here is alluringly fresh and entirely unique. Though obviously Hip-Hop inspired, the genre is brilliantly undefinable, with CALIBINN sculpting his own self-defining soundscape and style. The repeating piano motif will be stuck in your head all day, that’s a promise! The hook is undeniably strong and catchy, and the confident raps are hard hitting. CALIBINN’s skillful production choice and clever wordplay are on full display here. Guest ZYDD absolutely nails it with the featured sections, with both artists showing undeniable chemistry.

This is truly a milestone and an accomplishment for this artist. When approaching newly released music, it’s hard to do so without inherent criticism. It has become tiresome and mundane within the current culture of Pop dominated music. We, as listeners, are exposed to the same formulaic, cookie-cutter, copy of a copy of a copy brand of artists. Though these types of artists have brilliantly perfected the ability to produce safe, catchy, and infectious music; they ultimately amount to being entirely forgettable— certain to be replaced by the next musical clone.

Not only has CALIBINN recognized the same tired trend in the music industry, but he has made it a point to aggressively rebel against it. Too often, rappers feel the need to push a familiar facade (which at this point, has become a parody of itself), or they mistake humbleness for weakness. CALIBINN does neither, he has embraced his own personal identity and has made no apologies for it.

One of CALIBINN’s most distinguishing qualities as a rapper is his ability to spit venom that has the impact much like that of a celebrated slam poet. Each thoughtful lyrical phrasing and clever word jumbling carries a hidden punch and remarkable depth that is not often found in newer Rap releases. While other notorious rappers are tasked with focusing the listener by removing all musical distraction with pure spoken word records to show off their genius; CALIBINN is able to effortlessly blend sophistication and flow with masterfully crafted sonic soundscapes. Add some infectious beats and brilliant song sequencing and structuring to the mix, and you have an irresistible fusion of catchy music oozing with substance. 

“Back At It”is one of those increasingly rare transcendent Singles that doesn’t abide by the typical genre limitations and standards. Regardless of your specific musical tastes, regardless of any bias or animosity that you may have against the Hip-Hop or Rap genres; the sheer uniqueness and thoughtfulness of CALIBINN’s newest Single will inspire and ignite applause and appreciation out of even the most reluctant listeners. It’s pretty damn refreshing to hear somebody so incredibly versatile and talented behind the mic. Shying away from the typical clichés of both of the genres that he borrows inspiration from, CALIBINN has a remarkably unique style and sound which he maintains throughout the track. While CALIBINN certainly pays homage to the great hip-hop standards; he frequently veers away the genre’s increasingly tired tendencies, making the listening experience feel entirely new and unpredictable. 

CALIBINN is quickly proving that with his addictive, unique, and infectious style; music, as an artistic medium, can transcend the label of “commodity” and one-dimensional Hip Hop/ Rap, and become something much more cutting and immersive. This artist has developed a sound that feels entirely fresh and new. He not only acts as a unique innovator; but also effectively channels his vision through an impressive command of the Hip Hop/ Rap genre. Avoiding the gimmick he could easily become; CALIBINN stands out among an overpopulated market as an ambitious and insanely talented artist with limitless potential.

CALIBINN is a remarkable artist and is definitely a breath of fresh air within a tired industry that has become overly saturated with copycat artists whose sole goal is to cash in on an increasingly uninventive formula. “Back At It” is a MUST LISTEN!

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