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Killa Cal + Rare Essence = Buzz

The biggest go-go bands can be like small companies: Personnel comes and goes, but the overall brand generally retains its standing. Occasionally, however, a lineup change is a Really Big Deal in go-go circles, like rapper Killa Cal's recent decision to leave the WHAT? band and take his firm verbals to Rare Essence, one of the genre's flagship acts. (Mainstays the Junkyard Band and the Backyard Band were also under consideration; Cal performed with all three before announcing his decision.) Sidney Thomas of interviewed Cal about the process:

... a couple of things contributed to me leaving. I don't think we were on the same page as far as goals, and I feel like communication could have been a lot better. I just felt like it was time to move on. And luckily I was blessed with some major offers as far as bands. Of course in the end I chose RE (Rare Essence).

Cal, who lately has been pushing his rap ghostwriting enterprise, Rhymesolvers Unit, says he sees himself as a "missing piece" for Rare Essence—which is probably more a comment on where RE wants to go, and not where it's been already. (There's video of Cal's first official gig with RE, and an iTunes single.)

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  • http://fenwickproductionthump GoGo Legend

    I have seen this guy come from his college band in 2002 - Natural Causes, opening for NEG and JYB... To Playing with The Wickedest Band Alive RE. No one has EVER made that kinda of progress in 10 years. He is deserving f all his accolades. He is THE MAN. Word to Killa Cal. Keep Killin'em

  • Lady Love

    I love the fact that this opportunity was treated with professionalism as the Go-Go Industry should be...,but haven't been to this magnitude. The smooth transition with the "free agent" week, seemed like a NBA move. So, to utilize the benchmarking that has been made by other industries to gain success by Mastering ones own craft is truly that of a gifted guy and his team...! Thanks Cal for contributing to the national success of Go-Go..

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  • Roy

    Killa Cal is simply what the evolution of gogo rappers should be. He started from nothing, and worked his way to the top. And if you think he is NOT at the top of the game right now. YOU ARE NOT BEING REAL WT YA SELF. google him, youtube him and etc. His journey is 1 of 1. Much respect to his team and to the man himself. If he where to stop right now, he would be the best. funny thing is I have a feeling he is no where close to slowing down.