Caleb Brown

Source: Salim Garcia / Rostrum Records

HHW: So you and Sonny Digital linked up on this project. How’d that come about?

Caleb Brown: Business associates. Business friends. Him actually f*cking with my music. And with me having been a fan, it just made sense. We actually worked on a project in Baton Rouge before I even moved to Atlanta. I moved to Atlanta in the early part of this year and we came back and pieced everything together.

It was just time. There was nothing left for me back home. I wasn’t going to school nowhere. I ain’t have a job so this was the situation I was chasing and it presented itself so why not? People don’t always get the chance to do this where I’m from so why not attack?

HHW: People always herald Atlanta artists and producers for being above the fray and working together. Like, everyone’s playing in the same pool…

Caleb Brown: Yeah. But then they start pissing in the pool and I can’t get with that. There’s the politics, the brown-nosing and ass kissing. And it’s like honestly? I’d rather do all this with the people I need to do this with, rather than the rap n*ggas.

HHW: Things have been moving quickly for you, though.

Caleb Brown: The Internet is a beautiful place. I put a mixtape [All Dawgs Go to Heaven 2] out. I spent a year working on that one and got a couple calls from Atlantic off of it.  It did some numbers. I put a single out that summer of 2016 [“Westside Get the Money [W$GT$]”], it did some numbers. Rostrum reached out. We had a conversation they flew me out and the rest is history.

I was home when I got the call and the funny thing is that we were like homeless for a sec because we’d just had a flood and everything we had was wiped out. Everybody was displaced at the moment so while we were trying to figure out this situation, we were still going back and forth back home.

HHW: What is it that you’re hoping to do here? At the end of it all?

Caleb Brown: I eventually wanna touch souls man. That’s why I originally got into it. Of course, I wanna be rich too and make a lot of f*cking money — buying houses and shit but I just wanna tell my story and the stories of those who couldn’t tell stories and make a difference.

HHW: Are you closest to Wayne or Wiz? Or Curren$y, for that matter?

Caleb Brown: Wayne. Yeah. I love Spitta and Wiz but it’s just that I studied him. And I know I’m closer to Wayne because that’s exactly what I mimic. From the work ethic to how I put songs together. That’s just how it was from back then so I just carry all that with me to current day.

HHW: You follow Wayne but I’m should some of his career you looked at like, ‘Yeah… Let me not do that…’

Caleb Brown: Yeah. But I was always cognizant of [the business side] since Nipsey. That’s the person who really put the business side of this shit into perspective for me so I was already on ten about all the other shit before Wayne’s situation went south.

HHW: Do you second guess yourself? Why did it take you a year to finish All Dawgs?

Caleb Brown: Not often. I’ve been in this mode where I shut the world off and I just go and sometimes you’re like, “Damn, maybe I shouldn’t have done that.”

I was working on how to say what I needed to say and usually when you hone in and you’re doing that much work, something with pay off and it did. It’s just the formula I’ve been following and it works.

CONTINUED

« Previous page 1 2 3 Next page »

MORE FROM HIP-HOP WIRED
FROM SITES WE LOVE