Growing up in Detroit, Kave has witnessed firsthand some of the coldest, most ruthless sides of humanity. Fortunately, he has been blessed with a keen intellect and the gift of flow, which has allowed him to turn his most dire experiences into earnest and thought-provoking artistic expressions. He casts light upon shadowy subjects such as ignorance, hate and despair with songs like “Depression,” a diatribe against the false idol of material gain. Still, Kave finds time to laugh about the brighter things, as in his song “California,” where he looks forward to his future: Kaveman moved his headquarters from Detroit to the San Francisco Bay Area last year.
Son of the acclaimed Motown songwriter Barret Strong, this Motor City rapper began honing his musical abilities at the age of 14, working as a writer and lead lyricist for The Crazy Youngstas, a group he formed with childhood friends. No stranger to hustle, Kave spent his days as a high school student and evenings lighting up the Detroit music scene. The Crazy Youngstas did not go unnoticed—earning standing ovations for performances on BET’s 106 & Park, and at the Detroit Metro Music Awards, where they opened for Eminem and D12. After The Crazy Youngstas disbanded in 2002, Kaveman began work as a solo artist.
From a young age Kave had often dwelt upon the human condition—especially how injustice, crime, love and hate played out in his native Detroit. Working independently, he was able to explore his curiosities freely, growing as an artist, lyricist and musician along the way. Today Kaveman combines the sounds of hip-hop, classic rock, jazz and R&B to create eclectic tracks, which mirror his busy mind. He is an incredibly passionate performer and feels most alive on stage where.
“I love it when the audience can vibe with me,” he says. “I want my fans to feel me on an intimate level.” The Kaveman moniker is meant to represent a journey of self-discovery. This M.C. has come from the pitch black of the cave into the light of day.
He is familiar with darkness and fear as well as triumph and righteousness. Using his talent the Kaveman serves as a harbinger between these two worlds, with a full-length album in the works and mix tapes dropping all the time. His voice is strong and his message is clear. “I just hope the people are ready to listen,” he says.
“Because the New Stone Age is coming. Can’t nothin’ stop me!” Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
show me more