Calliko’s new single, “Whip It Around”, featuring Wiz Khalifa took the internet by storm last week! As the dark horse, Calliko not only held his own alongside the “Black And Yellow” rapper, but some would even say he stole the show! Friday, I took a trip across the pond (Lake Michigan) to Chi-Town and met up with the rapid fire-flow spitter at The Bassment! When it was all said and done, I had become confident that Calliko is no flash in the pan . . .
Kicking things off, Calliko spits his “Whip It Around” verse in acapella fashion! Once we sit down, he explains the origins of his Wiz Khalifa-featured single, which consist of the Taylor Gang general receiving the boot from two hotels before his tour manager Will was ultimately taken to jail! Calliko also announces that he will be unveiling the in-studio footage of he and Wiz recording the track in the near future! Not only that, but the ball is rolling for G.O.O.D. Music representer Big Sean to potentially be appearing on the remix! As if things couldn’t get any better, Calliko reveals he will be unleashing another single featuring Wiz Khalifa titled “Give You Wings”, which will likely be followed by a music video!
The East Moline, Ill native goes on to discuss Twista granting him his rap moniker, a car accident that left him paralyzed for 10 months, growing up in the country, overcoming adversity, learning the business side of the industry upon moving to Chicago, owning 80′s Baby Entertainment, his hopes of collaborating with other emerging artists—Big Sean, Mac Miller, Curren$y, and Big K.R.I.T.—aside from Wiz Khalifa, his exposure from websites such as FakeShoreDrive and HotNewHipHop, his current mixtape The Departure, his upcoming DJ Ill Will & DJ Rockstar-hosted mixtape The Layover dropping toward the end of January, and more! With Christmas right around the corner, Calliko wraps things up by letting us know the contents of his wish list!
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