Caleborate is dropping his new album, 1993, on Monday. The Cali emcee has already brought together different parts of the country on “Options” with Pell and Sylvan LaCue, but today, he focuses on himself on “Made Me.”
“A lot of the things I said in this record are meant to spark a thought in someone’s mind,” Caleborate told The FADER, who premiered the song.
He uses “Made Me,” produced by Kuya Beats and Trollex, to contrast the life of hustling through poverty, bullying and a split home with what he imagines life to be like once he gets a bit more successful. “Never having nothing made me wanna ball,” he raps.
“I remember the night I wrote it, I was coming from the studio and thinking I was out of inspiration, I hopped on the Bart train and inadvertently started people watching. I had an interesting thought when looking at one dude. I just started thinking about the place we’re in as people, as black males…All that…It just got me writing instantly. And out came this song.”
Listen to “Made Me” below.