Cal's Open Road
Push Forward (1:14)
More To It Than Graduating (1:18)
I Know That I Can (1:30)
Success and Happiness (0:57)
Family and Fatherhood (1:23)
Where you are right now isn’t where you have to be. If you’re not in a place that you don’t want to be, you don’t have to stay there.
- When he was a child, he went to Christian schools; wrote his first rap about the Biblical creation of Earth.
- Even though his rap got positive feedback, he didn’t realize that rap was something you could actually pursue as a career.
- Instead, everyone around him was telling him he had to study, graduate, and then become a doctor or a lawyer.
- During a class field trip to Washington D.C., he realized that he had far more career options than the few that had been presented to him.
- Moved to England to “see what the world was about”; while there, his rap group Money Train soared in popularity in the United Kingdom.
- Thought he could move back to the U.S. and easily duplicate his success stateside; however, when he got back, he realized that no one knew who he was.
- Moved back in with his mom and entered a four-month-long state of depression; one day, he saw a commercial advertising a recording arts school and decided to enroll.
- Getting back to music and rap pulled him out of that dark place; says that during those four months, he tasted failure, but it made him a better person and artist.