Caleb Brown & IDK‘s banger “Bleublk” given striking new visuals. Caleb Brown does not want to be kept in a box labeling him as a “conscious rapper” because he is much more than that. While politically-tinted in nature, his track “Bleublk” with IDK is also a legitimate banger with booming bass and impressive flows. The song has been given some striking visuals to further the narrative behind the lyrics, picturing Caleb Brown and IDK in what appears to be a mental facility. Brown wears a Bane-like mask, blocking his mouth while he still manages to spit an impressive verse.
Both artists are restrained throughout the video, locked up with chains to prevent them from moving around. IDK is lucky enough to be left without a mask but he wears a straitjacket to limit his motions. The video is notably dark, edited with cold tones in mind to elaborate on the song’s content.
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Caleb Brown continues to make his mark on the game with thought-provoking videos and the release of his new visual for “BatonStan Pt. 3” is proof he’s got a story to tell.
Directed by Juwan Lee, the video kicks off with Brown and his crew getting ready for a drive-by shooting, as the rapper details what his environment is like—a war zone similar to Afghanistan, which inspired the song’s title. Similar to his previous tracks, Caleb also deals with his own emotions in the video as he spits about giving up.
“I was in the bricks for way too long and you ain’t send me nothin’/Thought that we was homies, you just tryna make me broke or somethin’/Nigga, please, I wrote them songs myself and you ain’t write me nothin’/Yeah, we grew like brothers but you leechin’, I don’t owe you nothin’/Make sure that your kid was always fed and never want for nothin’,” he rhymes.
The visual culminates with the drive-by occurring, as the rapper and his crew pull up on two people and unload shots. The rapper eventually hops out the car and continues shooting at the people but pauses to reveal that one of the men he’s shooting is actually himself.
According to Brown, the song’s inspiration comes from his hometown of Baton Rouge, La. “The song is the third installment of the ‘BatonStan’ series, which is basically exactly what it says: Baton Rouge is like Afghanistan,” he tells XXL. “It comes from a more personal place this time around as I’m a bit older than I was when I started the series (I was 15).”
While the song isn’t featured on an album, you can find “BatonStan Pt. 3” on a playlist-like project. “The song is from a slight playlisting type of situation called ‘The Social Experiment,’ which included ‘bleublk‘ featuring Idk and ‘Hangin,’ he shares. “This is the final song. The playlist is available everywhere now.”
His recent set of visuals highlight mental health issues, which is very personal to Caleb Brown. In a time where many kids are coming up dealing with much of the same issues, the rapper is dedicated to serving as a voice for these kids. “Blueblk,” “Hanging” and “BatonStan Pt. 3” are part of a mental health campaign with visuals that demonstrate how destructive a mind can really be.
Up next for Brown, the rapper is working on a “special project” with a “very special and influential producer.” According to the rapper, the project is currently being mixed. “Excited to get it out, some of my most personal work yet,” Brown states. “After that, we’re hitting the road and tappin’ in with the fans.”
The project will follow the rapper’s January release of his What’s So Fun About Perfect EP with Jose Xavier.
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Caleb Brown releases “Hangin‘,” the second installment to his “Social Experiment By Caleb Brown” on Rostrum Records.
Part 3, the last and final installment is “BatonStand” and will be released in the coming weeks.
Caleb first dove deep into making music after his freshman year of high school when plans changed once he got cut from his high school basketball team. “I really wanted to play basketball, and once that didn’t work out, I saw music as a form of therapy for me,” he said. Playing basketball had been Caleb’s ultimate goal for high school and beyond, but after experiencing personal successes with the rap projects he released in high school, he decided to stick with it.
However, he had already been making music and experimenting with hip-hop prior to that time. Since elementary school Caleb has been experimenting with rapping and making music, saying that one of his friends put him on to it all the way back in elementary school; “you rap because all of your friends rap, so that was just kind of the thing to do.” During high school, his talent simply shifted from a side project to his main focus of attention and growing up, his main musical inspirations were Kanye West, Yolanda Adams, Tupac, and Lil Wayne, who Caleb considers “the best rapper alive.”
As far as the personal occurrences and events that left Caleb with impressions he might try to include in his music, he says he just tries to include “everything,” and that “trying to make sense of it all as a teenager” is his main goal when making music. So far, he has put out 4 projects – Fear, Empathy, All Dawgs Go to Heaven, and All Dawgs Go to Heaven 2 – and states that out of all of them, Empathy has been his favorite project thus far. “It was a strange place. I had just come home from staying in Atlanta. There were just a lot of things that had happened. It was crazy.”
While staying in Atlanta for a year, Caleb attended Campbell High School in a county just north of Atlanta, saying that it was where he “had the real high school experience.” But when he first arrived, he didn’t enjoy Atlanta at all. He said, “I didn’t like nothing about Atlanta; I wanted to go back home. But you know, it soon started to grow on me. I met some really great people who I have great relationships with today, and I wouldn’t be able to talk about a lot of the things that I can talk about today if it wasn’t for me coming here, so I wouldn’t change any of it.”
In September, HipHopDX introduced readers to a Baton Rouge collective called Black Cypress. The talented crew, which includes Rostrum Records artist Caleb Brown, looks to make a bigger impression on listeners with the release of their debut project, Swamp Tales.
“This project is the story of the average kid in Baton Rouge from nine different perspectives,” Brown told HipHopDX. “We speak on the vices that grip us the most like women and drugs as well as calling out the crabs in the bucket theory placed upon the city. Tales of the young, black and burdened.”
The project gives all nine MCs — Brown, Quadry, Blaze Jose, JIREH, DQ Rogers, xelA7th, BRANDØM, T. Davis and RyaN Jéy — a chance to shine over the course of 12 tracks produced by TyDidThi$Beat, Swiger and OG Muchee. On top of that, the group also released a music video for their lead single, “Club Third,” with the help of director Evan Kidd.
Check out the mixtape stream and “Club Third” video above by clicking the black boxes, along with the cover art and track list below.
Black Cypress Release Debut
1. FuccOutMySwamp (Skit)
2. Swamp f. JIREH, T. Davis, Blaze Jose, BRANDØM & xelA7th [Prod. TyDidThi$Beat]
3. Couple Pots f. Caleb Brown, Quadry, BRANDØM & RyaN Jèy [Prod. Swiger]
4. Club Third f. T. Davis, RyaN Jèy, Blaze Jose, DQ Rogers, JIREH, Quadry & Caleb Brown [Prod. TyDidThi$Beat]
5. Park Talk f. RyaN Jèy, xelA7th & BRANDØM [Prod. Swiger]
6. Downbad f. JIREH, Caleb Brown, xelA7th, Blaze Jose & Quadry [Prod. Swiger]
7. Coldest Yet f. JIREH, T.Davis, Quadry & xelA7th [Prod. Swiger]
8. Kayla f. Blaze Jose & T. Davis [Prod. OG Muchee]
9. The Count f. T. Davis, JIREH, Blaze Jose & DQ Rogers [Prod. TyDidThi$Beat]
10. AintMyRound (Skit)
11. Damn f. Caleb Brown, JIREH, T. Davis & BRANDØM [Prod. TyDidThi$Beat]
12. Bitch, I’m High f. Caleb Brown, Blaze Jose, xelA7th, DQ Rogers, BRANDØM, JIREH, T. Davis & RyaN Jèy [Prod. Swiger & TyDidThi$Beat]
BLACK CYPRESS SOCIAL MEDIA CONNECTIONS:
Black Cypress https://www.instagram.com/blkcypress/
Caleb Brown | https://twitter.com/TheCalebBrown
RyaN Jèy | https://twitter.com/RyaNJey
T. Davis | https://twitter.com/WhoisTDavis
Blaze Jose | https://twitter.com/blazexjose
DQ Rogers | https://twitter.com/DQRogers
JIREH | https://twitter.com/jirehpc
xelA7th | https://twitter.com/xelA7th
BRANDØM | https://twitter.com/STAYBRANDOM
Quadry | https://twitter.com/QUAD
OG Muchee | https://twitter.com/ogxmuchee
Production: Swiger | https://twitter.com/SwigerMusic TyDidThi$Beat | https://twitter.com/TyDidThisBeat