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Calvin Alan Byrd of Harlem, NYC, New York is a Rapper better know by his stage name, 40 Cal. Mooga is a third album by Harlem Rapper 40 Cal. The albums title stands for Money Overceeds Other Gangsta Activities.
About the Artist
Years before the names Dipset and The Diplomats became synonymous with gritty New York hip-hop, there was Calvin Byrd, a young Harlem cat barely in his teens and enamored by the local battle emcees that chose the streets over the studio. Spurred on by indelible memories of street rappers getting their rep up, where the only prizes were pride and local fame, Byrd would eventually grow into 40 Cal, one of hip-hop's most promising emcees. "I used to see Big L battle people on the block," he recalls of the emcee who many call one of the greatest of all time. "If you ever saw a hood star, that's the only idols n***as got to look up to. [Michael] Jordan wasn't coming to the hood." Seeing the shine L and other rappers got, Cal started battling as a teenager for one simple reason: "I wanted to get my hood fame up." As the emcee slowly built his name up as one of the fiercest on the block, he graduated from the street to the ring, winning eight straight Fight Klubs, the prestigious battle rap competition. The event proved so popular that MTV2 picked it up, showcasing Cal's triumph over emcee Cardi in the pilot episode. It's around this time the rapper hooked up with NYC hip-hop collective Dipset, led by his neighbor and fellow rapper Cam'ron, and made his recorded debut with the song "40 Cal" on 2004's Diplomatic Immunity, Vol. 2. It's here we should probably address the elephant in the room given the group's much- publicized squabbles. No, Dipset have not broken up. Yes, Cal is still very much a member. While the rapper is understandably reluctant to delve into details, he addresses any issues on the opening lines of Mooga, his debut full-length due out this July.
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