On the heels of a hiatus from the gold-selling pop phenomenonTIMEFLIES– which he co-founded- CAL embraces a wider emotional and sonic spectrum than ever before. The artist has released his first two debut solo singles as CAL. CLICK HERE to listen to “So Cal” and “My Brother.” CLICK HERE to watch the official music video for “My Brother” which premiered exclusively today with Just Jared. Earlier this week CAL sat down with Billboard for an exclusive interview to discuss his new direction. On one hand, CAL belts out soaring hooks with dynamic range, channeling pop expanse. On the other hand, he flexes rhyme prowess and kicks old school bars befitting of an underground rap battle.
“My Brother” draws inspiration from his real-life brother who, at a crossroads in his life, gave him the insightful advice “I didn’t know if I should do a solo thing,” he admits. “My brother said something that stuck with me. He was like, ‘You’ll never be as young as you are right now.’It was the right time for me to hear that. I thought, ‘It’s as good of a time as any for me to do what I want. Why not do it now?” Climaxing with CAL’s signature hip hop drops “My Brother,” provides hip hop, pop, and trap inspirations throughout. “My Brother” landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday in 10 countries.
“So Cal” serves as a confessional summer jam. Clean guitar wraps around his voice as it stretches from observational verses into a high register hook upheld by a stacked choir of tracks.
CAL is gearing up to release a new collection of music dubbed The Identity Crisis, and it serves as his most personal project to date. “I wanted to say things that related to where I am in my life now and explore my identity more,” he says. “As much as I Iove performing with TIMEFLIES, I wrote some of those songs in a dorm room. I’m not the same person. I had to write about my life and what I’ve learned. I had to communicate my journey. I don’t think I knew how until now.”