Ohio has a track record of producing great entertainers, from Katt Williams in comedy to Halle Berry on the big screen. Ohio doesn’t fall short when it comes to introducing new rappers to hip-hop either. Kid Cudi, King Chip (formerly Chip tha Ripper), Machine Gun Kelly and now Cal Scruby.
Cal Scruby is a 25-year-old producer and rapper from Cincinnati, OH who found his talent for rapping in early 2011. His first release, “Best Foot Forward”, was a track recorded and put out by Cal himself, using only Ohio State’s library as a makeshift ‘studio’. It now has over 87,000 plays on YouTube.
Soon after the release of “Best Foot Forward”, Cal began working on another project in September of 2012. The project was “Boy Genius”, with the help of Alexander Dreamer, a 22-year-old producer from Columbus, OH. The project’s first single “SCRUBBY” was featured on BBC Radio1 by Zane Lowe, drawing more attention to Cal and his music. The final project was released in October of 2013, featuring production from not only Alexander Dreamer, but also another Cincinnati native, Mac Niff. The project had a lot of variety and originality to it, and was praised for its cohesiveness. Making these achievements even more impressive is remembering that Cal was still a college student during these projects, doing all of his work alongside his coursework at The Ohio State University.
Finally in August 2014, Cal graduated from OSU and signed to Riveting Entertainment. He moved to Los Angeles to work on his first album House In The Hills which was released in September of 2015. It goes to show even if you manage to get signed by a big time record label and make it from Cincinnati to Los Angeles, things have a way of coming full circle as Cal finds himself performing 3 hours outside of his hometown for #FEST.
One of his best tracks is the Chris Brown supported “Ain’t Shit Change”. Inspiration for the track popped up as a recording session was winding down at 2 a.m. “The engineer and I played one last beat and came up with the hook,” recalls Scruby. “The next day we finished the record.”
“Ain’t Shit Change” is the third single from Scruby’s debut EP House in the Hills released by Riveting Entertainment. The EP bowed at No. 14 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart the week of Sept. 26, 2015. Along with earlier singles “Going Off” featuring Trevor Jackson and “Michael Bay,” the EP also includes guest Sevyn Streeter on the track “Submarine.”