Caleborate (photo: Robert Alleyne)
Bay Area rapper Caleborate played to a busy crowd on Friday night for the London stop of his European tour. The Sacramento-raised Berkeley resident, performed a set that leaned heavily on his critically-acclaimed third album, Real Person, at the Old Blue Last.
A Friday night show in the hipster neighborhood of Shoreditch can be tough, and the 25-year-old musician had to call out a few overly intoxicated attendees distracting him during the deeply reflective “Down.” This call-out was much to the delight of the many fans in the room. It did not distract from a performance that was a mixture of personally introspective records and a raucous celebration of authentic hip-hop: MCs and DJs sharing stories about life and loved ones.
Much like his music, Caleborate’s performance was free of gimmicks or pretention. Real Person is a collection of songs he appears to care about deeply, and this came across strongly in London. These are songs deserving of attention, and Caleborate works hard to make sure you hear them as you as supposed to.
Check out the gallery, all the way from London Town, below.