Mid-West,Underground Hip-Hop,Party Rap


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Every caboose needs an engine in order to make its way down the train tracks. Rapper Kaboose is no different. God serves as Kaboose’s engine, allowing the Minnesota rapper to follow faithfully behind.

Kaboose's parents divorced soon after he was born, and he moved with his mother to San Jose, California. There, his mother experienced verbal and physical abuse at the hands of his stepfather. Fortunately, Kaboose’s mother was not broken, and pushed on with her life, all the while serving as a positive influence on Kaboose.

“I grew up seeing the wrong ways a man should treat a woman and how a relationship should start,” he says. “Now, I feel we have a fatherless generation in our society. People are hooking up and having kids, but they don’t want that responsibility so they leave or don’t try to further that relationship. So, you have this kid that’s stuck in the middle and wondering, ‘What did I do wrong? Why is this happening to me? Does my mom not like me? Does my father not like me?’ We need to step up and be responsible for the choices we make. Just because you’re in that situation doesn’t mean that you’re any less than anybody else. That’s just the hand that you were dealt and we can get over that.”

As a young child looking for something to lean on during this dark period, Kaboose found solace in rap music. Introduced to the genre by a cousin, Kaboose was smitten by the groundbreaking work of the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC.

Growing up bi-racial (Native American, white), Kaboose endured additional strife and pain as he bounced around from house to house with relatives from both sides of his heritage.

“Hip-hop was like an escape,” Kaboose recalls. “When times were going bad and I heard my mom and step-dad getting into a fight, I could put my headphones on and escape to a different place. It felt like it was a place for me to fit in. It was a place where I could hang out and be accepted.”

Kaboose later returned to his native Minnesota, and it felt as though someone had hit the emergency brakes. Things went from breakneck speed (sports, music, etc.) in California to a painful crawl in his native state. That slowdown was only exaggerated when, at 17, Kaboose suffered a mild heart attack, forcing him away from his beloved basketball. But Kaboose used his newfound spare time to pursue one of his other passions: rap. While in his second year of college, he started writing lyrics. Two weeks after writing his first rhymes, he performed a three-song set to rave reviews.

From there, Kaboose connected with other Minnesota hip-hoppers. Through his self-generated buzz, he met the Syntax Records team and developed a relationship with the imprint’s executives. Impressed with Kaboose’s musical output and his work ethic, Syntax featured Kaboose on its Night Owls series, paving the way for Kaboose to sign with the label. He released his first album through the label in 2008, entitled Excuse Me.

“I’m trying to weave through and move forward,” Kaboose says of his career trajectory and how that ties into the album’s title. “I’m trying to make good music for people. Another way to look at it is, ‘Excuse me. Are you listening?’”

“In our society, we accept mediocrity when there’s so much more,” he says. “We could use this time to build, grow, learn and actually strive for excellence, not just what we can get.”

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Album Title Year Label
Innersection2007Wilson Music Works
Excuse Me2008Syntax Records
Bits & Pieces Mixtape2009Independent





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