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ALBUM: "BABY" BY CALEZ

Since before our last Jazz Series, we've been jamming out to Calez's newest musical creation, Baby which is ironically dedicated to his latest creation, his soon to come baby girl. The album has a very jazz-like foundation, and is wrapped up in excellent production, which he does most of himself. The depth and lyrical storytelling is a great gift, not only to his unborn child, but to fans alike, and surely himself.

Baby is is a glimpse into the struggle, and the journey it took for Calez to get to this moment in his life. A walk down dark points in his past in homeless shelters, to a loss of self and control and the growth and evolution that comes with that, and in this case also, fatherhood. The album acts as a symbol of time, with even the cover art holding symbolism. For Calez, the notion of "nurturing the child," holds high value. "They will have a brighter future than we ever will," he said. "The boat on the cover symbolize our children, the storm on the cover symbolizes the music made, and the animals symbolize the nature of humans surrounded in a WILD world," he said.

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A wild world indeed, especially coming up in Chicago. "312" he says is "an ode to Chicago's culture and people." It has a Kanye 808's and Heartbreak feel with the autotune, and a hint of Bon Iver with the background vocals. Some of Chicago's best emcee's make appearances on the project. One of the standout tracks on the album "Still Good," features Mick Jenkins, Alex Wiley, and Donnie Trumpet, and is smooth with the horns and the strings. "Lose Control," sneaks up on you with the slow intro, but is definitely a turn up track in disguise layered with the deep voiced repitition of "drive slow lil' homie," Femdot's verse and the sultry singing from Sherren Olivia. "Mascara on on my clocks," again alludes to time as LA Van Gogh raps in the "Who Do You Love?" Interlude, which sounds like a love letter to the journey of self.

In the title track "Baby," Calez asks "Oh Lord, why did this happen to me?" and that realization that it might possibly be the very thing that he was waiting for all along and never fully quite grasped until this moment in time.

Take a listen to Baby below.

 

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PHOTO CREDITS: RENA NALTSAS FROM THE 11/11 JAZZ SERIES AT MAYBE SUNDAY COLLECTIVE
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