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New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Band Hip Hop Avant-garde


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"10 New York Hip Hop Albums, Mixtapes, EPs Worth Hearing"

"Normally, this type of hyperbole might only evoke a chuckle and a let’s-just-keep-it-moving attitude, but those familiar with Cavalier, his style, aura and spit game, know that these words are more than mere marketing copy. " - on "The Lost Weeks" - Birthplace Magazine

"We Got Now"

“The Breaking is a deeply personal, disturbingly poetic album. There’s nothing half-done or left to the imagination. It listens as if a diary of an unknown emcee comes to light just in the nick of time. Other than Graduation, I haven’t heard such a sonically cohesive album in recent years...” - The Smoking Section

"No Trivia"

“This dude has his shit together: excellent production, excellent rapping, a cool logo and an amazing music video. These things do matter and not because “nowadays image is important” but because it shows that these guys are willing to work to match their talent with hard work and integrity.”
- Brandon Soderberg


"The Offering / ??"
released 11 October 2011
lyrics Cavalier
Produced by Scott Thorough
Modern Shark Records

"The Lost Weeks"
released 20 April 2011
Executive Produced by Cavalier
Creative direction by A Polly and Cavalier

"Cavwins?.?com Weekly Freestyles Weeks 1?-?14"
released 22 January 2009
Executive Produced by Cavalier
Creative direction by A Polly and Cavalier

"The Breaking"
released 25 March 2008
Executive Produced by Cavalier, Shaka King, Mercury The Maroon
The Dugout, Brooklyn, NY


"Seven MCs"
on Blunted Munky Fist
produced by Buda Munky
released November 2011 Tower Records
Jazzy Sports Records [Japan]

"Road To Riches" (single)
by Kojoe on "Kojoe Tuesdays Vol. 1"
released March 2011
Castle Records [Japan]

"Trifect Ya Neck" (single)
released 14 May 2010
produced by El Michaels Affair, Fat Beats, and Audible Treats

"Soul Banger" (single)
Released: June 24, 2008
? 2008 Coalmine Records



Currently the best kept secret in rap music, Cavalier navigates known hubs in Brooklyn like a mystic insurgent, though he is a native New Yorker. His following grows by the coincidence of his music and his influence as a teacher, artist, shaman or chief. We convene to hear only a few storytellers in our lives, those who hold captive the psychic will of a buzzing throng. As his lyrics cascade, to paraphrase underground banger “Straight Cheeze”, Cav dodges the returned adulation, limiting his custom gear and sought-after mixtapes to controlled bursts of high art. To his credit, ancestors express themselves forcefully in stacked symbolic pendants draped down his garments, feathers and beads accord with lenses and charms.
Particular attention to this Afro-Caribbean escovitch emboldens his beats with reggae pulses and hip-hop thumps. On “The Breaking”, a powerhouse debut of soulful introspective diary entries, Cav alternately explored the triumphant and the mundane, the joyful and the absurd. Since its promotional release in 2008, accompanied by the “Cav Wins” mixtape, the Chief has appeared at East Village Radio, Southpaw, WBAI Rise Up Radio, Make Music New York among his peers in an avant garde sect of defiantly unique musicians and artistic directors, like Daru Jones of Idle Warship/Slum Village repute.
Jones and Cavalier shared executive production duties on “She Love Me,” the ode to pre-modern Brooklyn sizzling with drum kicks all over its husky inflection, with Jones commenting that “Cav was the only artist who could do with that beat what [we] envisioned.” It takes grit and pride to perform at New York’s breeding grounds for emcees and instill doubt in rappers. But Cavalier’s mastery of wordplay and vocal delivery is unrivaled as his contemporaries defer to his language pioneering. Junk Science vocalist Baje One, frequent collaborator with Cav, offers that “The Breaking” is tailor-made for repeat listens as songs like “Ink” surround a presumed reality with limber metaphors. Only by these sincere testimonials from artists and fans can Cavalier be traced, as they leave a trail of imprints too significant to be ignored. And as the concept of a “limited edition” hurries toward extinction, his choice cuts are a reminder of the value found in rarity.