Heavy Rotation: Volume Three | A Hip Hop Night Presented By DK!!
DK, Saba Pivot, Jarred A.G., DJ Step, DJ Cooper Thomas
2447 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL, 60614
Born on the south side of Chicago, Calez was born to create music. Whether, it was writing his first rap at the age of six, or having his very first recording session at the age of thirteen and producing his own beats a year later (he has since produced the majority of his own solo-material and even produced for Lil B), its never been a question of if Calez would be famous; it was just a matter of when for the gifted emcee, producer, singer and composer.
With such an original sound and creative ideas for music, Calez and a few of his friends pooled together their talents and decided to form a collaborative group called “2008ighties” to further brand there work and movement.
Calez released his debut solo mix-tape entitled The Bus Stop on May 12th, 2010 and its sequel entitled Is Calez Famous Yet was released on May 12th, 2011 and began to garner attention from both a fan and press perspective (2dopeboyz.com & Rubyhornet.com among many).
Now as Calez unveiled his latest masterpiece, Kid With Raps, (which released in 2012), we give you a chance to become both familiar and reacquainted with him, as Calez is definitely and artist to watch; and listen to!
At a Saba show, when vibrations boom and sharp-witted verses start to permeate the crowd, you better have your hands up and mind in full focus. Tahj Chandler, better known as Saba, the 20-year- old rapper and producer from Chicago's West Side, joins the city's new wave of bubbling talent with an aggressive delivery and unmistakable production.
Born to a family of musical talent, Saba grew up to the sounds of soul, R&B, and jazz thanks to his father, Chandlar. He began to play piano at the age of seven, and soon after he started to experiment with his sound on beat making software. However, it wasn't until the young Chandler first heard the legendary Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and other burgeoning Midwest talents that he found his true musical niche and emcee calling, "Hands down my biggest influence was Bone Thugs-n- Harmony. They're the ones who actually made me like rap and want to do it," he says. At age 16, Saba joined the open mikes at YouthMedia Center and Young Chicago Authors, which he credits with giving him the confidence and charisma to perform onstage. With all these tools in his arsenal Saba has developed a career sound with appeal that spans from the staunchest old-school hip hop heads to a new generation of rap fans.
Saba dropped his first full length project, GETCOMFORTable, in December 2012, featuring production from Thelonius Martin, DJ Such N Such, Ikon, and the rising spitter himself. Soothing, serene, and soaring, the mixtape reflects a coming of age and showcases a catalogue of young Chicago talents who join Saba in trying to make sense of themselves as rising adults in today's world.
In 2013, Saba joined fellow Windy City talent Chance the Rapper with a standout guest verse on the highly acclaimed track "Everybody's Something ft. BJ the Chicago Kid", from Acid Rap. That same year Chandler would began work on his sophomore debut, ComfortZone, produced in conjunction with J.U.S.T.I.C.E League's Cam Osteen (Acid Rap and Vic Mensa's Innanetape), Chicago trio NAiMA (Dylan Frank, Cory Grindberg, and Ken Ross), and featuring a slew of notable talents such as MC Tree, Eryn Allen Kane, Legit, Jamila of M&O.
ComfortZone was released in July of 2014, and was received with critical enthusiasm and public praise. The 14-track collection is both autobiographical and reflective, a bittersweet window into the young emcee's upbringing in a culturally rich yet troubled city. With innovative production and hard-hitting lyrics, Saba tries to make sense of his surroundings while maintaining a positive outlook and mindset. Standout tracks include, "Burnout" featuring songstress Eryn Allen Kane ("It's the aural equivalent to a freshly baked apple pie" - Noisey, and DJ Booth's Hook of the Year), as well as "Butter" ("Saba is up next." - Billboard) and "401K", ("Certain songs are bigger than music." - Potholes In My Blog). ComfortZone not only captured Saba's undeniable growth as an emcee, but also as a producer, and young adult.