Nato Caliph

Nato Caliph

 Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
SoloHip Hop

If you had any doubt about the state of Hip-Hop, let me suffocate that doubt. My music takes conscious and progressive minds on a social and conscious journey that is intimate while reaching across all boundaries. It conveys true stories, while tackling personal issues that anyone can relate to.

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Biography

Known as The Move Man, Nato Caliph gets audiences on their feet and dancing to thought-provoking, socially conscious lyrics. The prolific Knowledge-Battle-Rhyme Spitter (as coined in his hit single Move Pt. 2) has collaborated with artists ranging from Murphy Lee of the St. Lunatics, Bits & Pieces, Soul Tyde and Konfusion to Creation. Well-known to underground hip-hop listeners, his impressive body of recordings have generated sales and interest from the Midwest (Vintage Vinyl, Disc Connection) to New York (Fat Beats) and across the globe via the Internet (virginrecordsonline.com, cdbaby.com, soundclick.com and funkytracks.com). Hes moved crowds at the Missouri Black Expo and a number of St. Louis hot spots: Mississippi Nights and The Pageants 1st Fridays, Blueberry Hill, Hi Pointe, Red Sea and Creepy Crawl. Caliph has performed with The St. Lunatics and Bilal on stage while also contributing to several compilations, including Soul Tyde: Hip-Hop & Soulfulish and Dream-Reality records All about the Benjamins featuring Mystical and Cee-lo. Born Shedrick Remon Kelley on August 9, 1980, the St. Louis natives most influential years were spent growing up in the suburbs of University City. At U-City Senior High School in 1995, he met and befriended a schoolmate and hip-hop artist Phact to form KTC Konfusion to Creation. They soon enlisted a third member, Cin, to round out the hip-hop trio. As a finished product, KTC worked diligently to become three of St. Louis prospering underground minds and voices to be heard and felt throughout the streets. KTC received their first taste of fame when they performed their debut hit single, Smoken Verbs, at a performance at Washington University. Their individuality, originality and heady lyrical content grabbed listeners from the onset. Among his musical influences, Caliph cites the likes of Jay-Z, Rakim, Wu-Tang and The Lost Boyz. As an artist, however, Caliph is in a league of his own. He seasons his witty wordplay without use derogatory or foul language. He eschews the glorification of drugs, sex or violence in his music. Caliph founded Cipher Music Group in 2004, and has recently entered an alliance with F5 Records (www.f5records.com). Standouts among his previous solo work include Wisdom Cipher, The Home Work Series Volume 1: Class is in Session, The Home Work Series Volume 1.2: Class is in Session + Bonus Tracks and The Home Work Series Volume 2: Extra Credit. The vinyl singles Move Pt. 2 and This is For received heavy rotation on St. Louis two hottest hip-hop radio stations, Q95.5 and 100.3 the Beat. His latest 7 album All I Know b/w From Here featuring Isis Jones was released in May 2005. With a pseudonym meaning to bomb with success, Caliph is determined to blow up on the hip-hop charts. With many accomplishments under his belt and a creative voice that demands attention, Nato Caliph has what it takes to successfully excel further within the music industry. .. .. .. Written by: Aaron Berkowitz

A definitive list of Nato Caliph albums and music can be found at www.natocaliph.com

-- Recently nominated by the River Front Times Music Awards Committee for "Best Hip Hop/Rap (solo) Artist" in St. Louis, MO 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Lyrics

Vanguard

Written By: Nato Caliph (S. Kelley)

Song: “Vanguard� 09/06/05
Produced by: Tek
Recorded: 09/27/05
Engineered by: Kenautis Smith
Additional Scratches by: DJ Crucial
Album: “

*Talking Intro by Tek

Verse 1: Nato Caliph (16 Bars)

St. Louis, the city of all cities, yeah I said it, my life, I’d bet it, my wife, I met her (it). And you only doubt us cause you don’t know where we all headed, to the top, with a fate that’s thoroughly threaded. And I ain’t fly a plane into a building, but the cameras are watch’n me, on top of the street lights, yeah that’s “Homeland Security.� This is what I voted for, this is why I pay taxes, so you can treat me like an animal, and define social classes. I should be able to eat legally, the madness has got to stop, I never had a jump shot, and been stop sell’n rocks. We’ve all done this and that, and touched some illegals, now think, is that “really the message you want to send to your people?� And for future reference, you ain’t nut ride’n tell’n me my music’s hot, it just means you a man about yours and you don’t mind given props. And as long as I’m alive, then the city has a name, I do this for Hip Hop, divide the rest amongst you lames…

Chorus: Nato Caliph (4 Bars) & (4 Bars) of Scratch’n

Life is this, life is that, life is bliss when lived Right & Exact; cause life is black. And we all know this but we live in shades of grey, and try to get tomorrow what we’ve wasted today… [scratch’n]

Verse 2: Nato Caliph (16 Bars)

I need us to; get serious get a job, and with death stop flirt’n, invest in 401K, or spend retirement work’n, cause the GOP’s still jerk’n, so you better have a plan, cause when Schnucks runs out of food, its back to the “Summer of Sam.� I got a new woman in my life, and her names Ayana Renee’, and she got a direct connect between me, my wiz, and mi’ Madre’. She shines with 5 points, and that’s concise decision making, and super ego commanding. I’m why the flowers bloom, the sun loves the moon, and when I step in, if I step in, knowledge fills the room. The epitome of a starve’n artist, I rhyme with flies on my face, get over don’t expect to, I’ll out you in your proper place. I know that he works, and you work, but I work harder, and rep the heart of the art of a backpacker’s martyr. So as long as there’s “Black on Black Crime,� they’ll be Nato Caliph, Lyfestile, Fly D Ex, AKA “Plan B…� MOVE…

Chorus: Nato Caliph (4 Bars) & (4 Bars) of Scratch’n

Life is this, life is that, life is bliss when lived Right & Exact; cause life is black. And we all know this but we live in shades of grey, and try to get tomorrow what we’ve wasted today… [scratch’n]

Physics 720 (and the Universal Laws of...)

Written By: Nato Caliph (S. Kelley)

Song: “Physics 720 (and the Universal Laws of…)�
Album: Cipher Inside

Produced by: DJ Crucial

Verse 1:

A bunch of words to a beat mean nothing if they’re only help’n you, what about the homeless, community, shelter, and food. I write what I feel will only truly move you, true freedom of expression; I don’t seek your approval. And this isn’t amazing grace; it’s a major disgrace, and I hate the fact that I was even conceived in this place. Close chapters in my life, in need of space, how’s the key to increasing bodily value to loose face? But they feed us pork and lies, and yes, in that order, and what they did to middle-eastern people, was a slaughter. For this atrocity, “Beautiful Flower� (Ayana), I name my daughter, I go against oppression cause I love it, not cause I ought-tah. So I keep building, and hate love that loves hate, and show the world that Neo aint the only way out the Matrix. So indeed if you believe to achieve then you’ll make it, so indeed if you believe to achieve you’ll make it…

Hook: 4 Bars (Scratches by DJ Crucial)

Verse 2:

It’s all about life and the path you take, if you’ont like me when you see me and shake my hand then god you fake. That goes for dap too, and the same for me, same for you, and that’s for individuals-as-well-as-crew. In Hip Hop god we Rock-n-Roll, can’t hold the mic and hold the globe, so I chose my people, this is the story of a lesser man made equal, cause through music, your essence yields sequels; keep listen’n, you dullened your flow, but I keep glisten’n. I hit the nail on the head, the truth you keep miss’n, when does it end. I’d give my life for Phact and Cin, that’s brotherhood not mere friends, this aint the last days this is the end. But the question is, die like heathens, or live as men? Well I guess it all just depends. When its rain’n do you take the pill, when hated, do you hate bake then decide to kill? Naw never that, cause what’s wrong in any equation-is-never-black, and their still out here try’n-to-disprove-that. The natural law of any living organism is peace, the story of fire and brimstone was handed down from preach. So if we really want the stars all we have to do is reach, so if you really want the stars all you have to do is reach…

Hook: 4 Bars (Scratches by DJ Crucial)

Try Win'n feat. MF GRIMM and MF MEZ

Written By: Nato Caliph (S. Kelley)

Song: “Try Win’n� 05/24/2005
Feat. : MF Grimm and Mez
Produced by: DJ Crucial
Additional Scratches by: DJ Crucial

Chorus: (4 Bars)

If you think this is hard enough then ‘Try Win’n,’ been do’n this long enough to start sin’n, smile when you down-kick your heart while grin’n, true strife, from Nato Caliph, Mez, and Grimm.

Verse: Nato Caliph (16 Bars)

You’re an insult to conventional wisdom, I’ll be misunderstood-I’ve been misunderstood its part of the mission. I’m a foreigner amongst foreigners that think they’re native, since I’ll be dead and gone before you understand me just play this. If I come up miss’n it’s a “Murder by (at) 1600,� and they claim we have freedom of speech, god I want it. I create a masterpiece one word at time, just to shed light on all the skill craf-ted in one line. I spit a language detected through sub-atomic energy readings, and we’re past the point of biting, we’re on emcee feeding. Knowledge is the plateau of science they haven’t reached, and freedom is the subject in question that’s been breeched. Then god builds, and the power in man has been reached, then you knowledge, the only thing left to do is teach. But all you dudes do is talk about yourself, and don’t realize that the best wealth, is mental health…

Verse 2: MF Grimm (16 Bars)

Chorus: (8 Bars)

If you think this is hard enough then ‘Try Win’n,’ been do’n this long enough to start sin’n, smile when you down-kick your heart while grin’n, true strife, from Nato Caliph, Mez, and Grimm.
If you think this is hard enough then ‘Try Win’n,’ been do’n this long enough to start sin’n, smile when you down-kick your heart while grin’n, true struggle, from Nato Caliph, Mez, and Grimm.

Verse 3: Nato Caliph (16 Bars)

My old earth said, “If it’s; worth live’n for, then it’s worth die’n for,� this to those who cry a little; but bleed a lot more. Since the revolution won’t be televised, I’ll read the paper, and don’t give in to the system, ‘cause they always try’n to rape ya. We keep buy’n into slavery but say we wanna be free, hate on one another, then continue to support the enemy. Get my drift B or do you need a list, what about when UPC’s are tattooed-on-our-necks-and-wrists, I’m-blessed-with-this, that’s why I keep writing, and crossword puzzle my life, since the “Mercury’s Rising.� Shelter (echo); one of the 12 jewels, so the god work hard to get a rest like Xanadu, when panic rules I dismantle clues, then proceed to reconvene like some mean residue, we handle fools like manuals for obscure schedules, then close shop and get props, for give’n our planet’s dues… MOVE…

Verse 4: Mez (16 Bars)

Chorus: (8 Bars)

If you think this is hard enough then ‘Try Win’n,’ been do’n this long enough to start sin’n, smile when you down-kick your heart while grin’n, true strife, from Nato Caliph, Mez, and Grimm.
If you think this is hard enough then ‘Try Win’n,’ been do’n this long enough to start sin’n, smile when you down-kick your heart while grin’n, true struggle, from Nato Caliph, Mez, and Grimm.

Floor Holes in the Ceiling feat. Hi-Fidel

Written By: Nato Caliph (S. Kelley)

Song: “Floor Holes in the Ceiling� 05/3/06
Feat. Hi Fidel
Produced by: DJ Crucial
Recorded: 05/08/06 @ Fulstone Labs

Chorus: Nato Caliph [with Hi Fidel echoing] (4 Bars)

Out of all things in life-we live and we let go, we execute the joy, while the pain we just let grow, we fight against the right until the right becomes wrong so, explore Floor Holes in the Ceiling ya know…(said with an increasing volume/tone)

Verse 1: Nato Caliph (16 Bars)

How could you be Pro-Life, and Pro-War, be a little wife, but a big whore, give minimal, and abuse so much more, then listen to the lies, but the truth you ignore. Its like; love’n your life, and live’n it while you “LIVE,� it, and if you can’t live it, then push’n limits of every minute. Why do we raise buildings-faster then we raise children, then wonder why they grow depressed-and hide feelings… Cause we rather; pimp our rides and live with mom and dad, spend days in the club, let Nick at Nite raise the lads…
What are you doing at thisss-time of night, on thattt-side of town, cause thisss-time around, ain’t thattt-time around, your life may not be, that safe or that sound…? (Inner Space, inner space…) Sound profound. But we got a chance, got a chance, gotta take it, gotta take it, want a change, want a change, then you gotta make it, gotta make it…

Chorus: Nato Caliph [with Hi Fidel echoing] (4 Bars)

Out of all things in life-we live and we let go, we execute the joy, while the pain we just let grow, we fight against the right until the right becomes wrong so, explore Floor Holes in the Ceiling ya know…(said with an increasing volume/tone)

Verse 2: Hi Fidel (16 Bars)

Chorus: Nato Caliph [with Hi Fidel echoing] (4 Bars)

Out of all things in life-we live and we let go, we execute the joy, while the pain we just let grow, we fight against the right until the right becomes wrong so, explore Floor Holes in the Ceiling ya know…(said with an increasing volume/tone)
[Repeat 1x]

Discography

Kreative Cipher
Wisdom Cipher
1080
The Homework Series
The Homework Series 2.0 (Extra Credit)
The Homework Series 2.1
Cipher Inside [LP] (2007)
POWER [EP] (2009)
REACH [EP] (2010)
Knowledge + Cipher (coming fall 2009...)

Set List

Nato Caliph

½ Hour Set List (+) 15 min Set List combined

 Intro: come out to “Coleen” by The Heavy

 BREAK (30 sec)

 “All I Know” (whole song)

 “Physics 720…” (whole song)

 BREAK (60 sec)

 “Here Today” (whole song, performed as Plan B)

 “Combo Plate” (whole song, performed as Plan B)

 “Now you Know” (whole song, performed as Plan B)

 BREAK (for 45min for Fresh Heir’s set)

 “Try Win’n” (hook, verse 1, hook 2x, verse 2, and hook 2x)

 “The Vanguard” (whole song)

 “Hardtimes” (verse 1, hook, verse 2, hook 2x) [over “PSA” instrumental]

 BREAK (short)

 Outro: “Rock Cocaine Flow” or “Put’em in their Place” [instrumental(s)] ( 1 verse [possible])

Nato Caliph

15 min Set List

 Intro: “Rock Cocaine Flow” or “Put’em in their Place” [instrumental(s)] ( 1 verse)

 BREAK (60 sec)