On October 27th, 1998 in Morristown, New Jersey, KALEB MITCHELL was born. At only five years of age, Kaleb began playing the piano by ear, and by the age of eight had already decided he wanted to be a rapper, after watching the infamous battle scene in Eminem's 8 Mile film for the first time.
Kaleb Mitchell started his recording career with the release of Soliloquy (2015), his first mixtape. His second mixtape, 45, dropped the year after and was met with rave reviews from fans. After the release of 45, Mitchell dropped multiple free singles online and quickly started gaining traction on social media. He has accumulated well over 2.5 million streams through SoundCloud alone.
Mitchell’s third mixtape and first commercial effort, So Help Me God, was released on June 9th, 2017. The project peaked at #7 on the iTunes Hip Hop/Rap charts, and came in at #82 overall. Kaleb's second retail project, MITCHELL, was released on July 13th, 2018. The project entered the iTunes Hip Hop/Rap charts at #15, and accumulated over 200,000 streams across all platforms in its first week.
On October 31st, 2018, Kaleb dropped his second effort of the year, NINESEVENTHREE. The project features surprise appearances from Asaiah Ziv, Aaron Cole, and Drew Famous, with the production handled mainly by Kyle Stemberger and 1995. Despite dropping it without warning, it is undoubtedly his most popular release to date, garnering over 100 thousand streams in its first month on Spotify alone. “This time I didn’t force anything”, says Kaleb in an interview with ELEVATOR. “Usually, when I approach a project, I already have the number of tracks in my head, the title of the project, how I want the art to look, all of that. This was a real spur of the moment thing; I started creating and just couldn’t stop. Before I knew it I had a project on my hands.”
In early 2017, Kaleb started BENCHWRMRS. "When I was growing up, people never took me seriously" says Kaleb. "I wasn't invited to parties and all that, I rode the bench for most of my basketball season. I was never chosen first for anything. One day I was just thinking about what I could call the people that support me, something that could bring the fans together. Then, it hit me. BENCHWRMRS." BENCHWRMRS also doubles as Kaleb’s independent record label and publishing company. Stay tuned to see what he does next.