Kaleb Mitchell, is young rapper, 18, coming out of North Jersey, but don’t sleep on him, as the boy is talented. It was at the age of nine, when he made the decision to become a rapper, and he is one of the youngest talented artists yet to come out of his city.
At the age of 16, Kaleb dropped his first solo project in 2015, titled, Soliloquy, which really put his talents on the map, as people started to take notice. A year later he released his second project, 45, but now we are focused on his third project which releases 9th June 2017 – ‘So Help Me God’ – which Tenth had a chance of speaking to the main man himself about:
So Kaleb, I think the world will like to know who you are, in your own words who is Kaleb Mitchell?
“Kaleb Mitchell is an 18 year old rapper, singer, producer, and musician from North Jersey.”
Its said you decided to become a rapper at the age of nine, but how did/does your family feel about your music career?
“My family wants to see me win. Obviously like any family we’ve had our fair share of arguments and hard-headedness, but my family wants me to prosper.”
Who and what influences your music?
“My influences are all over the place, honestly. I can be having a conversation with someone, and a simple word or phrase that’s said can trigger an entire song concept for me. The same goes for a dope chord progression, or a crazy drum pattern. I’m influenced by my surroundings, I guess.”
Speaking of influences, you must have a Top 3 albums of all time?
“Top 3? Wow, this is super hard haha. But, if I had to pick three, they’d definitely be:
Kendrick Lamar – Section.80
Jon Bellion – The Definition
Mick Jenkins – The Water[s]”
Back to your upcoming project, what’s your favorite track on “So Help Me God”? and why?
“My favorite song on this project is, “Halfway There”, featuring Marissa Jerome, hands down. So Help Me God cuts back and forth between the year 2011 and present day, and Halfway There wraps up the project with present-day me pretty much encouraging my younger self to never give up, no matter what anyone says.”
Which city outside America do you really want to perform in (please say London)?
“Definitely London, or anywhere in Europe for that matter.”
With fame obviously comes with attention from the opposite sex. Are you ready for those “Hey stranger” texts from girls for when you blow up in this rap game?
“It’s crazy you asked that haha. Girls that never gave me the time of day last year are getting super friendly with me these days.”
Staying on the topic of women, what’s your perfect first date? Where would you go? What would you do?
“I’m kind of a recluse of sorts. I don’t really like crowded areas that much. My ideal place for a first date would be some sort of small coffee shop or something where we could sit down and get to know each other. Pretty lame, I know haha.”
We know that you’re a rapper singer and producer, but what are your other talents outside of music?
“Not to brag or anything, but my jump shot is water. I’ve been playing basketball since I was about 5 years old, so I know a thing or two on the court. I’m also super into graphic/web design. I’m a weird dude haha.”
Writer’s block is a real thing, but what gets your creative juices flowing?
“I actually don’t know. I sort of black out when I’m creating, it’s weird. I can be zoning out listening to a beat, and by the time I look up again half of the song is written haha.”
Back to the project, why the name “So Help Me God”?
“I wanted the title of this mixtape to sound urgent. The phrase “So Help Me God”, is usually used to emphasis a point one is trying to get across. For example, “I will do everything I said that I would do, so help me God”. That’s where I am in life right now. I’m trying to make all of my dreams a reality, so help me God haha. This tape is meant to inspire the listener to do the same.”
Last question, What do you want listeners to take away after listening to this project?“I want every single person who hears this project to leave inspired, encouraged, and changed for the better. It’s easy to get discouraged when things don’t go as planned, or when things don’t come to fruition as fast as you expect them to. This project is what you play during those times. I’m super excited for everyone to hear this.”
Kaleb Mitchell is only just 18, which in the rap world, is only the beginning of what will become an illustrious career. ‘So Help Me God’ drops on the 9th of June on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play, so keep your eyes pealed for the name Kaleb Mitchell for the foreseeable future. Hopefully one day he brings his talents to the UK for us to appreciate.